1982 Leoville-Las Cases Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L

  • WA 95
  • WS 95
  • IWC 95

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WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2009
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... 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+
WS 95
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, November 1998
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.--1982 Bordeaux horizontal. Best after... 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.--1982 Bordeaux horizontal. Best after 2000. -JS
IWC 95
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2002
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... 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.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 1982

Label

The Grand Vin is the product of exceptional terroirs from the heart of the original Leoville estate. These are located mainly in the Clos Leoville-Las Cases, which you pass as you leave the village of Saint-Julien for Pauillac. They extend over nearly 60 hectares producing Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc with a complex, polished expression and characteristics which are totally unique to the Grand Vin of Las Cases.

Winery

Leoville-Las Cases

One of the oldest Medoc estates, Domaine de Leoville belonged to some of the wealthiest and most influential noble French families before it was acquired by the Las Cases family. Like many properties after the French Revolution, the estate was divided between 1826 and 1840 into the three Leovilles we know today: Leoville-Las Cases, Leoville-Poyferre and Leoville-Barton.

Chateau Leoville-Las Cases was created, thanks to a kind of birthright, from three-fifths of the original estate, including the very heart of the property. The Grand Vin has therefore been sourced from the best part of the original terroir since the 17th century.

Pierre Jean, Adolphe, and Gabriel de Las Cases were successive heirs to the property until 1900, when Theophile Skawinski purchased a share in the estate and became its manager. Leoville-Las Cases has now been managed by the same family since the late 19th century and is today represented by Jean-Hubert Delon, sole owner of the chateau and proprietor of Chateau Potensac in the Medoc and Chateau Nenin in Pomerol.