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1982 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien (bin soiled labels, some high shoulder fills)

SKU #1074009 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I have had perfect bottles of this cuvee, but, perplexingly, the bottles from my cellar tend to be broodingly backward and require plenty of coaxing. 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+ points. (RP)  (6/2009)

95 points 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. (ST)  (8/2002)

95 points Wine Spectator

 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)  (11/1998)

92 points Vinous

 The 1982 Léoville Las Cases is powerful but also incredibly compact, with little appeal or mid-palate depth. This is a very stubborn wine, even within the context of Las Cases. (AG)  (12/2015)


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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/30/2013 | Send Email
This is perfect Bordeaux, and is just now hitting its stride after 31 years. To describe the flavors would be a fool’s errand; so much has already been said about this standard setting claret. I'll just say that it is undeniable wine and that it has enough richness for the most glycerin hungry California wine drinker and enough grace and transparency for the most demanding of modern connoisseurs. Cinnamon and I were treated to this great bottle by our friend Jeff who paired with a fabulous New York Steak. This is the equal to even the 1982 Latour, and worth a sacrifice to try!
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