Leoville Las Cases 2002

SubregionSt Julien

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Tasting Notes

Only 43% of the production made it into the final blend of this remarkable 2002. Produced from a low 17 hectoliters per hectare, it includes 66.7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% Merlot, 13.9% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot. It has the highest alcohol ever achieved in a Leoville Las Cases (13.5%) as well as a lofty pH of 3.85. Nevertheless, the impression is one of a structured wine with considerable density, a ruby/purple color, layers of flavor, and a classic overall personality. The wine exhibits pure black currant, licorice-infused fruit, huge body, a viscous mid-palate, and a long, heady finish. I suspect this wine won’t be nearly as charming as the 2003 in its youth, but it hasn’t yet closed down, and I am amazed at just how rich, intense, and full-bodied it tastes even after bottling. This is certainly one of the half dozen or so candidates for wine of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2030+.

Score: 95Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005

A sensational effort from proprietor Jean-Hubert Delon, the 2002 Leoville Las-Cases (a blend of 66.7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% Merlot, 13.9% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot) possesses the highest natural alcohol of any vintage produced at Las Cases (a whopping 13.5%, compared to 2000's 12.9%, 1982's 12.8%, and 1990's 13.2%). Yields were a low 27 hectoliters per hectare. Approximately 43% of the production made it into the 2002. The wine has tremendously high measurements of extract and phenolics. The color is nearly black/purple, and the wine looks like syrup of Leoville Las-Cases. Dense, concentrated, broodingly backward as well as tannic, but oh, so promising and intense, the 2002 reveals tremendous purity, great intensity, and a finish that lasts for 45 seconds. Clearly Leoville Las-Cases has produced a wine of first-growth quality (what’s new?) that competes for the wine of the vintage moniker. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030+

Score: 94/97Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (149), October 2003

Tasted blind at Farr's 2002 Bordeaux tasting. A ripe blackberry nose with graphite, blueberry, wild hedgerow and a touch of leather. A sweet entry, a lot of extraction here with firm, solid, chewy tannins but well defined and clean. Real density and weight to this wine. Grippy…lacquers the palate with its fruit, one of the most persistent '02 Clarets but it certainly needs time. Tasted October 2009.

Score: 91+Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, October 2009

Drink 2012-22 Neat and medium weight and sweet and biscuity. Glossy. Pretty dry finish. Light and austere. I was more impressed by the second wine, Clos du Marquis, at this stage, but this will presumably overtake it eventually. A similar phenomenon to Léoville Barton's performance at present?

Score: 16.5+Jancis Robinson MW, Farr Tasting, October 2009

Score: 16.3Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, October 2009

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