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Leoville Las Cases 1982 (750ML)
95 Points, William Kelley, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “Aside from Château Lafleur, the 1982 Léoville Las Cases must be the most unevolved, primary wine of the vintage. Offering up aromas of cassis, black truffle and loamy soil, it's full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with a richly layered mid-palate, ripe acids, velvety but abundant tannins and a long, resonant finish. Impressive for its power and purity, this is a serious, complete wine that is only finally beginning to show all its cards as it approaches aged 40.” 02/22
100 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate: “Still stubbornly backward, yet beginning to budge from its pre-adolescent stage, this dense, murky ruby/purple-colored wine offers up notes of graphite, sweet caramel, black cherry jam, cassis, and minerals. The nose takes some coaxing, and the decanting of 2-4 hours prior to service is highly recommended. For such a low acid wine, it is huge, well-delineated, extremely concentrated, and surprisingly fresh. Perhaps because I lean more toward the hedonistic view of wine than the late Michel Delon, I have always preferred this to the 1986, but the truth is that any lover of classic Medoc should have both vintages in their cellar. This wine has monstrous levels of glycerin, extract, and density, but still seems very youthful, and tastes more like a 7 to 8-year-old Bordeaux than one that is past its twentieth birthday. A monumental effort. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2035. Last tasted, 9/02.” 12/02