1982 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien
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. (JS)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tasted at Pebbles/Zachy’s 1982 dinner in Hong Kong. The Leoville Las-Cases ’82 was once such a curmudgeonly Saint Julien. It has a delineated bouquet with tobacco, cloves and sous-bois – a little conservative when compared directly against Gruaud Larose. It is well balanced on the medium-bodied palate with broody black, tertiary fruit. There is a palpable stoicism to the Las-Cases ’82, an aloofness and distance that denies the imbiber a personal bond with the wine that is more impressive than pleasurable. Having tasted the 1986 Las-Cases just a few days before, I find that the ’86 has more completeness and persistency. Tasted November 2012. (NM)
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.