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2002 Leoville Las Cases Bordeaux Blend - France - Bordeaux - St Julien - Red - Second Growth

France - Bordeaux - St Julien

Red Bordeaux Blend - Second Growth
Producer Notes

The Second Growth classified estate of Leoville Las Cases continues to produce wines of exceptional quality, rivaling those of the First Growth producers. The wines are full-bodied, concentrated and complex, and have tremendous aging potential. Typical blends consist of over 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, with lesser amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and a small amount of Petit Verdot. Bargain... More »

JR 16.5+
IWC 93+
WA 95
WS 94
Drink Dates
WA: 2012-2030 WS: 2008+
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IWC 93+
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 120

($82-$100) Moderately saturated red-ruby. Captivating if cooler nose of blackcurrant, licorice and minerals. Very intensely flavored and gripping if currently quite tight. The black fruit and menthol flavors show an almost medicinal austerity and uncanny penetration on the palate. Very ripe for 2002, at 13.5%, with a pH of 3.85. Today, I find a more classically firm finish and a bit more personality than in the young 2004, but then the new vintage has a long way to go before it's in bottle.

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JR 16.5+
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2012-2022

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? 

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WA 95
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 158
Drink Dates 2012-2030

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 hasntt 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.

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WS 94
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2008+

This is the essence of currants and berries with minerals and flowers. Full-bodied, with silky, refined tannins. Superlong and impressive. A beauty. Love it. As it should be.

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Author Ronn L
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 90.073%
Tasted On 03/01/2014
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Site / Blog   Trust Rating 92.593%
Tasted On 03/07/2013

This is darker than the 2001 which is amazing for this vintage, the nose offers up blood sausage, animal hide, the fruit here is dense packed with aroma of ripe cassis, blueberry, blackberry jam on toast, ripe black cherry, this is all super refined and concentrated and slightly floral. The first impression on the palate is one of gentle but elegant wine. Elegant, feminine, lacking the body and the classic extraction of this property but still impressive for the vintage. Beautiful balance between the tannin and acidity in this wine but the fruit on the the pallet is weaker and edging toward red berry fruit. Medium+ body, persistent length and a great wine considering the vintage

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Author Pierre T184
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.982%
Tasted On 01/06/2013
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Author Wang Chong
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 92.4%
Tasted On 10/30/2011
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Author Stephen G41
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.214%
Tasted On 10/27/2009

Vibrant, plenty of time to go.

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Author gd10102
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 80.132%
Tasted On 09/30/2009
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Author dave1161
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 13.399%
Tasted On 12/24/2008
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