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The Story

The Grand Vin is the product of exceptional terroirs from the former Léoville estate. These terroirs are located mainly in the Clos Léoville Las Cases, which you pass as you leave Saint- Julien village for Pauillac. They extend over nearly 60ha producing Cabernet Sauvignons and Cabernet Francs with a complex, polished expression and characteristics which are totally unique to the Grand Vin of Léoville du Marquis de Las Cases and have been widely recognized for years.

 

Château Léoville Las Cases is one of the largest and oldest classified growths in the Médoc known since 1707. The wine produced here was classified as one of fifteen Second Growths in the original Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855.


Today’s Léoville Las Cases was once part of a much larger estate until the time of the French Revolution when a portion of this estate was separated into what is today Château Léoville-Barton. In 1840, the estate was again divided and land that would eventually become Château Léoville-Poyferré was split off. When the 1855 Classification was completed, all three properties from the original Léoville estate were classed as Second Growths. Since the mid 20th century the Delon family have been owners of this estate.

The soil of St Julien is ideal for vines, due to its geographic situation and its climate; every element is present to produce wines of exceptional quality and elegance. Léoville Las Cases' 97 hectares of vineyards are superbly sited on gravelly-clay soils with the largest plot being surrounded by a stone wall and stretching between the village of St-Julien and Château Latour.
 

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Vintage 1982

Château Leoville Las Cases

Château Léoville Las Cases is one of the largest and oldest classified growths in the Médoc known since 1707. The wine produced here was classified as one of fifteen Second Growths in the original Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855.

Today’s Léoville Las Cases was once part of a much larger estate until the time of the French Revolution when a portion of this estate was separated into what is today Château Léoville-Barton. In 1840, the estate was again divided and land that would eventually become Château Léoville-Poyferré was split off. When the 1855 Classification was completed, all three properties from the original Léoville estate were classed as Second Growths. Since the mid 20th century the Delon family have been owners of this estate.

The soil of St Julien is ideal for vines, due to its geographic situation and its climate; every element is present to produce wines of exceptional quality and elegance. Léoville Las Cases' 97 hectares of vineyards are superbly sited on gravelly-clay soils with the largest plot being surrounded by a stone wall and stretching between the village of St-Julien and Château Latour.

The Delon Wine Philosophy
1. The wines are representative of their terroir.
2. The wines are made to be consumed during meals. They can be shared and enjoyed with families or friends.
3. All of the wines come from the Bordeaux region and from historical French terroirs. They must have good ageing potential and be able to improve with age.
4. A continual and incontestable search for excellence.


Vineyard soil: gravelly-clay

Production area: 97 ha

Grape varieties: 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot

Average age of vines: 30 years

Harvest method: hand picked

Winemaking: grapes are crushed and then fermented in temperature controlled wood, concrete, or stainless steel vats of varying size depending on the style of the vintage

Ageing: in oak barrels, between 50% and 100% new depending on the vintage, for 18-20 months


 
Chateau Léoville-Las-Cases
33250 Saint-Julien-Beychevelle
Telephone: +33 (0) 5 56 73 25 26
Fax: +33 (0) 5 56 59 18 33
www.leoville-las-cases.com

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

21 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep and Ruby red

ending

Long, Round, Flavorful and Neutral

flavors

Blackcurrant, Toasty, Cedar, Licorice, Floral and Vanilla

nose

Youthful, Complex, Fresh and Seductive

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Medium tannin, Complex, Balanced, Concentrated, Developing, Medium-bodied, One-dimensional, Rich, Vigor, Elegant, Dry and Drying tannins

Verdict

Transparent and Intelligent

Written Notes

The nose was deep and intense with a lot of spine. Rob found it 'quixotic,' whatever that meant. It was a big word from Big Boy. The wine was still young but brooding in a mature fashion. There were great aromas of grape, cassis, earth and slate. The palate was spicy and intense; it was certainly a great bottle of 1982 Las Cases. Let's just say that I have already seen considerable variation with many different '82s. This was a bottle that was still young and should be profound in twenty years. Mike awoke from a deep slumber to utter 'cucumbers,' but I actually saw what he was talking about
  • 95p

Decent color and a wonderful huge, spicy nose – very inviting! Intense berry fruit on the palate, nicely ripe, good acidity. This wine has a lot of charm, but somehow it seems a little one dimensional – “clean” fruit, but not much else. Certainly an enjoyable wine, but falls a bit short of the promising start. Is it over the hill? I wonder if there was more stuffing in this one a few years back… Parker had this at 95+ in his last tasting; I think it has faded and I’d score it 91.

  • 91p
This has always been an obdurate wine, reluctant to yield up its underlying charms. It seems to finally be relenting, offering aromas of licorice, black cherries, and nuts. Some mushrooms and truffles on the opening, it has relatively low acidity, with evolving intensity and superb length. Blackberries and plums towards the finish of a wine that still seems to be struggling against its tannic bonds, and seeking to develop the multi-faceted personality its underlying elements seem to suggest lies ahead. If it stops brooding and starts to beam, which is perhaps just starting to suggest itself, this wine will readily climb several notches. 94 Points
  • 94p

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Origin

St.Julien, Saint-Julien

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91p
 Michael Jones, Wine Blogger (United States)  tasted  Léoville-Las Cases 1982  ( Château Léoville-Las Cases )

Decent color and a wonderful huge, spicy nose – very inviting! Intense berry fruit on the palate, nicely ripe, good acidity. This wine has a lot of charm, but somehow it seems a little one dimensional – “clean” fruit, but not much else. Certainly an enjoyable wine, but falls a bit short of the promising start. Is it over the hill? I wonder if there was more stuffing in this one a few years back… Parker had this at 95+ in his last tasting; I think it has faded and I’d score it 91.

7m 11d ago

95p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Léoville-Las Cases 1982  ( Château Léoville-Las Cases )

"The nose was deep and intense with a lot of spine. Rob found it 'quixotic,' whatever that meant. It was a big word from Big Boy. The wine was still young but brooding in a mature fashion. There were great aromas of grape, cassis, earth and slate. The palate was spicy and intense; it was certainly a great bottle of 1982 Las Cases. Let's just say that I have already seen considerable variation with many different '82s. This was a bottle that was still young and should be profound in twenty years. Mike awoke from a deep slumber to utter 'cucumbers,' but I actually saw what he was talking about"

1y 2d ago

94p
 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  Léoville-Las Cases 1982  ( Château Léoville-Las Cases )

"This has always been an obdurate wine, reluctant to yield up its underlying charms. It seems to finally be relenting, offering aromas of licorice, black cherries, and nuts. Some mushrooms and truffles on the opening, it has relatively low acidity, with evolving intensity and superb length. Blackberries and plums towards the finish of a wine that still seems to be struggling against its tannic bonds, and seeking to develop the multi-faceted personality its underlying elements seem to suggest lies ahead. If it stops brooding and starts to beam, which is perhaps just starting to suggest itself, this wine will readily climb several notches. 94 Points"

1y 3m ago

94p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Léoville-Las Cases 1982  ( Château Léoville-Las Cases )

"I expected the 1982 Leoville Las Cases to be one of the wines of the day, but this bottle needed more time. It was a bit oakier at first, lengthy yet smooth. Its tannins had flesh, and its fruit morphed into delicious, but in a more violet and herbal way. It ‘acted like a shock absorber’ per Omar, and we both sensed more Cabernet Franc here than anything else. I will say I have had better bottles, not that this one was off (94)."

2y 3m ago

96p
 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Léoville-Las Cases 1982  ( Château Léoville-Las Cases )

""Cassis, tobacco, cedar. Very sweet and elegant. Has a great future.""

2y 4m ago

95p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Léoville-Las Cases 1982  ( Château Léoville-Las Cases )

"The 1982 Leoville Las Cases, an ‘Ashley Judd of a wine,’ had a very coy and dusty nose. There were wafer, cassis and deep plum fruit aromas. There was outstanding length and acidity, real ‘backbone,’ yet it was still elegant and refined. It had a spicy finish that also had a touch of awkward flavors (95)."

4y 6m ago

97p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Léoville-Las Cases 1982  ( Château Léoville-Las Cases )

"One cm below cork fill. Ruby, thin garnet rim. Fresh nose, very nuanced for 82, layered, some cassis, some cedar, some scented notes, floral, not that ripe, very complex. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, layered and nuanced, refreshing and mouthwatering. Lacks that heaviness of some, superb. Very long. A stunning 82. "

4y 8m ago

97p
 Totte Steneby, Sommelier (Sweden)  tasted  Léoville-Las Cases 1982  ( Château Léoville-Las Cases )

"1982 Chateau Leoville-las-Cases, Bordeaux, France
D1,5h, G2h (Gothenburg, Sweden, Oct 2012)

Open but still bit undeveloped nose with dark plummy, cassis fruit and spicy notes of dark licorice and gravelly minerality. Gains complexity with air and ads sweet tobacco and floral notes. The nose has more to give with further aging or longer decanting.

Medium bodied with a very smooth and elegant structure. Seamless from start to finish with fine grained tannins. Very pure, almost subtle flavor profile that mirror the nose with damson plums, cassis and spicy notes in the background. The wine has a feel of fragile masculinity . Very elegant and long but has more to give.
Drink now-2038
97+p."

4y 8m ago

95p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Léoville-Las Cases 1982  ( Château Léoville-Las Cases )

"Here was the 1982 Bordeaux, and it was a 1982 Leoville Las Cases. This wine has plummeted in value, making it practically half-price and a great buy in the market right now, as this bottle showed. It was elegant and young, with a feminine, musky and nutty nose. Dried herbs and green bean delicately danced about in this ‘very silky’ wine. It had a long and expressive finish, and I thought it was a Pichon Lalande at first, one of the great early drinkers from this vintage. Nice show (95)."

4y 9m ago

97p
 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Léoville-Las Cases 1982  ( Château Léoville-Las Cases )

"cassis, gentle but persistent, leen, great wine!"

4y 10m ago

89p
 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Léoville-Las Cases 1982  ( Château Léoville-Las Cases )

"15 wines of the greatest Bordeaux vintage of the new era 1982 tasted, not impressed - is it me or the glasses that are not working"

5y 9m ago

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