1982 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
I have had perfect bottles of this cuvee... This huge wine is, in many ways, just as massive as Leoville Barton, but it possesses a greater degree of elegance as well as unreal concentration. Classic lead pencil, cassis, kirsch, cedar, and spice characteristics are abundant in both the nose and full-bodied flavors. The tannins are still there, and, at least from my cellar, this 1982 does not appear to have changed much in the last 10-12 years. One wonders how much patience admirers of this brilliant St.-Julien will continue to exhibit. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2050. (95+)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full medium ruby. Aromas of currant, black cherry, licorice, minerals and flowers. Thick, sweet and deep; still young but in a gentler, lower-acid style than either the '86 or '96. Still, this boasts sneaky intensity and wonderful persistence. Tannins are substantial but thoroughly ripe. Drink 2004 through 2025.
A racy, classy, silky wine. Inky-ruby color. Black cherry, mineral and wet earth aromas. Medium-bodied, with very silky tannins and a long, superfine finish. Has always been excellent.
This is a wine that seems at last to be emerging from its shell. Very firm and minerally on the nose with tannins at last in retreat. Minty, pure and very long. A dry very slightly austere take on 1982 but some bouquet is at last developing. 18+/20 points.