"This tasting consisted of each of the varietal components of Las..."
This tasting consisted of each of the varietal components of Las Cases, followed by the final blend for Leoville-Las Cases. 1982 remains Leoville-Las Cases' greatest vintage in the post-World War II era. In this heralded vintage, every component wine revealed fabulous ripeness, concentration, and balance. The sensational Merlot is Petrus-like in its awesome intensity and viscous, exotic personality. Aromas of ripe coffee, jammy black-cherries, cassis, and smoke leap from the glass. Full-bodied, with exceptional richness and thickness, and low acid, this is a marvelous Merlot. Wow, wouldn't I like to have purchased four or five cases of this opulent wine! Already drinking beautifully, it tastes like a terrific Pomerol. The Cabernet Franc is all complexity, sweetness, and ripe fruit presented in an ostentatious style. It possesses better acidity than the Merlot. The huge, opaque purple-colored Cabernet Sauvignon is extraordinarily concentrated and tannic. Reminiscent of a barrel sample, this spicy, rich, still extremely young wine offers up a massive, Mouton-Rothschild-like, tobacco, lead pencil, and cassis-scented nose. The opaque black-colored Petit Verdot is monstrously-sized, with tough, hard tannin, and amazing fruit extraction, but it is oh, so astringent.
The 1982 Leoville-Las Cases remains one of the awesome examples of this great vintage. Rich, full-bodied, and backward, this thick-looking, opaque ruby/purple-colored wine is just beginning to display aromatic development. Jammy aromas of cassis intertwined with scents of vanilla, lead pencil, and toast are followed by a massively-endowed, full-bodied wine that will benefit from another 7-10 years of cellaring. This hugely impressive, low acid Las Cases is crammed with ripe fruit. It is the most hedonistic and concentrated Leoville-Las Cases I have ever tasted, just eclipsing the other-worldly 1986. Approachable now, it will last for 20-25 years.