2002 Chateau Leoville Las Cases - St.-Julien
Wine Spectator: 94 Points
"Subtle aromas of blackberries, currants and minerals, with hints of violets. Full-bodied, with a massive core of fruit and firm and rich tannins. Very muscular. Las Cases does it again. Score range: 95-100"
Wine Advocate: 95 Points
"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+." -Robert Parker
Steven Tanzer: 93 Points
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