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2002 Château Léoville-Las Cases

  • 95 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52977-2002

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($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.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2005
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    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 L‚oville Barton's performance at present?ÿ
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    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.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    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.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: gd10102
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: dave1161
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Author: Wang Chong
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Pierre T184
  • Self | Rating: 93

    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
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Vibrant, plenty of time to go.
    Author: Stephen G41
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 hunters should also keep an eye out for the estate's second label, Clos du Marquis.

See other similar producers:Chateau Leoville Barton,Clos Louie,Chateau Cantemerle
Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1991 bottles owned
  • 262 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 262 collectors)