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 Vintage1982 Label 1 of 193 
ProducerChâteau Haut-Brion (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2001 and 2021 (based on 40 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Haut Brion on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 95.3 pts. and median of 96 pts. in 184 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by dharrison93 on 6/27/2015 & rated 97 points: Drank with friends at a spontaneous 1982 comparison.
Dark ruby / garnet color with a dusting of sediment, this wine is fully mature.
A spectacular layered nose of dark berries, spice, black cherry, mocha and a hint of tobacco led to an ethereal palate-cloaking tasting and long, long finish.

4 of 5 in the group rated it a perfect 100 but my discount reflects slight lack of power.

I highly doubt this gets any better with further age but it's in a very sweet spot at age 32. (557 views)
 Tasted by DrinkBordeaux on 6/26/2015 & rated 96 points: Pessac-Léognan Tasting at Wine Watch: My WOTN (beating the '82 LMHB and LTHB). Easily the best nose of all of the wines, just gorgeous. Black currant, licorice, leather, spice, sweet tobacco, with floral/violet notes. While the LMHB had more smoke/earthiness, this had more spiciness. Pure elegance and finesse on the palate. Excellent balance with round tannins. Still appears to be at its peak and drinking very well. (411 views)
 Tasted by tinybubbles on 6/5/2015 flawed bottle: Not corked but something was not quite right. I would have scored this an 89-90. Very fresh with bright fruit but a soapy overtone. (583 views)
 Tasted by ricknat1 on 6/4/2015 & rated 93 points: Not the best showing for this wine, but still very good with classic HB nose, smoke, leather and wood and on the way up after 90 minutes of decanting (838 views)
 Tasted by steinersing on 5/2/2015 & rated 96 points: Mushrooms, truffles, earthy tones. Hints of cigar box. Long. Great elegance in this wine. 20 more years ahead, but in a nice spot now. (1107 views)
 Tasted by rossi.wine on 3/15/2015 & rated 99 points: Quite evolved in colour with a brick red core and a brownish/orangy rim. Amazing but again fairly evolved on the nose with lots of cedar, spice box, sweet tobacco, some graphite, mushrooms. Very elegant and complex. On the palate soft almost without any noticeable tannins. Still superb texture. Seamless and complete, not a hair out of place. Mellow, elegant, savoury, no dryness at all. The finish is unforgettable and lingers on for a long time. A legendary wine. 98-100. (1738 views)
 Tasted by skaspick on 3/2/2015 & rated 98 points: Could have been aged a little longer! (1455 views)
 Tasted by beatles on 2/21/2015 & rated 97 points: Haut-Brion dinner: This is right up there with the best of them, in complete harmony, and yet with a lot of backbone still here, HB at it’s best. The tobacco and cassis notes are great, the somewhat dusty, serious exterior is drawing attention, there is an Imperial, majestic feature to this, it tells the stories of The Reform Club – a woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke etc. A historic wine - and it will keep a decade longer, easy. (1533 views)
 Tasted by lorddh on 11/23/2014 & rated 84 points: medium intensity red, light rim, some sediments,

nose is a bit weak, some soya, flowery scent, cedar,

lowish tannin, mainly fruit on palate a bit hot as well

finish is unremarkable (3026 views)
 Tasted by hongkongtom on 11/15/2014 & rated 97 points: This was the clear WOTN. Beautifully balanced, fresh, hint of cigar, incredibly long finish. Amazing (2465 views)
 Tasted by BradE on 10/12/2014: Four great 82 BDX tonight, flighted together. Haut Brion was WOTN for me. Simply incredible, as always, and ridiculously enjoyable. A tie for #2: Margaux and Pichon Lalande. The Margaux was the most primary, and seems to have literally 25 years of life ahead of it. Relaxed a bit in the glass over an hour or so. The Pichon Lalande was in some respects the classiest of the group, and was terrific, but lost a little in the sexiness rating. The 82 Leoville Poyferre was terrific, and in most dinners might contend for WOTN, but tonight was a very high class last place. 82's of perfect provenance are such a pleasure. (2614 views)
 Tasted by -E- on 9/11/2014 & rated 96 points: Klar, dyp rød med mild kant med lett oransjestikk. Forførende nese med fioler, dype toner av mørke, røde bær, kirsch, bringebær, lær og tobakk.
Mørk, bløt, konsentrert, dyp og generøs frukt. Fløyelsmyk og forførende. Mild, tiltalende sødme. Frisk syre. Finstemte, milde tanniner i utgang med lett tørrhet. Lett brente toner av tobakk i utgang med flott lengde. Har et langt liv foran seg. (894 views)
 Tasted by LWI on 9/11/2014 & rated 97 points: Haut Brion Tasting 1918-1999 (Oslo): Surprisingly fresh and structured for a 1982. Deep, yet quite cool fruit, good complexity, wonderful balance. Young. Had been laying in the same cool cellar since release. (2520 views)
 Tasted by EndreS on 9/11/2014: Chateau Haut-Brion Vertical (Litteraturhuset, Oslo): Riveting nose, just so expressive and full of rich dark fruits. Blackcurrant and cigar box. Easy-going and juicy. On the more simple side among the wines this evening, but a very fine wine. Really like it. (2782 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 8/4/2014 & rated 97 points: Like smoking an aged Cuban cigar, toss in truffle, sweet fresh cherries and silk and you get the idea. As this continues to age, it's taking on a more pronounced tobacco and cherry personality. There is no hurry to pop a cork. But it's clearly open, mature and secondary. (2544 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 7/11/2014 & rated 95 points: 1982 Bordeaux Tasting and Dinner (Sunset Ridge Country Club - Northfield IL): Clear class of this flight. Ripe black fruit with lots of minerality, lead pencil, cigarbox and woodsy spice. Great length with good acidity and vibrancy for the vintage. (2834 views)
 Tasted by rwgray on 6/12/2014 & rated 95 points: Wonderful balanced wine perfect with a simple grilled steak and salad. light years better than the 1990 we had the night before. (2307 views)
 Tasted by Kbrumback on 5/31/2014 & rated 96 points: Yummy
Slightly low in the neck and subjected to early less-than-ideal storage, so I was a little concerned. No need, decanted at Per Se at start of the meal. Poured at end of poultry and start of steak course. Really nice color, legs and nose. Round and mouth filling w the oft-mentioned graphite and cigar evident. More distinctive and lively than last weekends 1982 Cheval Blanc with more life ahead of it (2028 views)
 Tasted by BradE on 4/29/2014: To quote Big Kenny when we poured and tasted this after a couple hours of decanting - "That's Why I Pray" (see Big & Rich, Hillbilly Jedi, 2012). An absolutely brilliant Bordeaux. (2565 views)
 Tasted by Wrighty on 4/19/2014 & rated 97 points: Great nose which faded a little if I'm being picking but what a beautiful nose! Cured ham, a little cedar an hints of tobacco. Palate is beautifully mature and balanced right through to the end of the lengthy finish. Stunning. (2030 views)
 Tasted by BUBBA DAWG on 4/17/2014 & rated 95 points: Charity Event - French Tasting (Restaurant Daniel): phenomenal nose -- spices, cured meats, herbs, cedar...rich, roasted, yet silky layered palate (1983 views)
 Tasted by johnh1001 on 4/5/2014 & rated 95 points: Decanted for 1 hour and then drank over 2 hours. Lovely and fully open nose of smoke, meats, cedar, dark fruit and an herbal streak. Graceful and elegant on the palate, particularly compared to the 82 La Mission we had next to it. Deep palate and great nuance. Silky. Long lingering finish emphasizing smoke. (1805 views)
 Tasted by Nicephoras on 4/2/2014 & rated 93 points: Possibly not the best bottle, but seemed a bit past it. The nose was a bit musty upon opening, though that mostly blew off in a half hour. It's certainly complex, and had a good nose, but the power you'd hope for just wasn't quite there. (1633 views)
 Tasted by Merengue on 2/22/2014: This was delicious. Elegant wine, very well balanced, nice minerality some tar notes and wet earth, leather and cedar notes and blueberry fruit notes. Very elegant displaying everything you want. Wow. (1785 views)
 Tasted by dream on 2/8/2014 & rated 95 points: A Weekend Of Aged First-Growths At Beau-Rivage in Geneva II: Fragrant nose of smoked meats, truffle and warm gravel. More open-knit and perhaps less precise than the La Miss but drinking beautifully tonight with aged sweet dark red fruits, soft tannins and good acids. The finish is wonderfully complex with notes of char, smoke and spices. Lovely and ready. Geneva 2/14 (2200 views)
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By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, From the East (9/16/2010)
(Haut Brion) The 1982 Haut Brion was outstanding but no match for the 1989. There was a bit more green in its nose, along with what I call ‘fireplace’ aromas. Cinnamon and crackling wood danced about. The palate was long with flavors of ceramic, spice and more cinnamon, along with ‘jasmine’ per The Poet. It was just a touch out of balance on its finish, although I think it was only made evident by the 1989’s near-perfection.  95 points
By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, Hong Kong Diaries (10/4/2009)
(Haut Brion) The1982 Haut Brion that followed had many similar characteristics, but there was much more peanut butter here in a peanut brittle way. This had a tender side to it that the ’89 wasn’t ready to show. It was more forward than the seven years between the two, gamier and readier, although still with a long life ahead of it. The ’82 HB seems to be under-appreciated in the market and is certainly the best value of all the First Growths (95).  95 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (4/18/2008)
(Château Haut-Brion) Light medium brick red color with pale meniscus; mature, beckoning cassis, cedar and dried berry nose; lovely, elegant, mature but delicious, glimpses and echoes of lush tart berry, blackberry and cassis fruit; medium-plus finish 95+ pts.  95 points
By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, 1982 Bordeaux Retrospective at Age 25 (5/20/2007)
(Haut Brion) The 1982 Haut Brion (sourced from Chateau) was very aromatic with a perfume of grape and cassis, also with peanut and game. There was that touch of Cheerios again, and Ray confirmed with ‘oats.’ The wine was spiny with a flash of ripeness, but the Haut Brion was definitely a step behind the other two Graves, but just a step, although it seemed on a faster evolutionary track than its two siblings. King Angry scoffed at that notion, saying that it has ‘been there for two decades.’ Australian John found it ‘fragrant and exotic.’ There was beautiful balance to this classy wine  94 points
By Lyle Fass
Rockss and Fruit (3/20/2007)
(Chateau Haut Brion) Shows of the opulence of the vintage with it's ripe fruit profile. It was dense, concentrated with great refinement and waves of dense fruit on the palate. Easily the fruitiest wine of the night which was very interesting as the '02 was the most austere of the nigh with the least fruit. Well the '95 . . . but that is a special case.
By Lyle Fass
Rockss and Fruit (10/28/2005)
(Haut-Brion) This was beautiful with great supple texture and a wonderful femininity. Loads of tar, weedy tobacco and delicate cassis fruit with almost fully resolved tannins and a very long finish. This is an '82 that is rarin' to go.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (12/27/2003)
(Château Haut-Brion) Prune, plum and herbal nose; elegant entry, coffee, cherry, very resolved sweet tannins; nice long finish (decanted for 2 hours)  96 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (3/20/2003)
(Château Haut-Brion) 1982 Bordeaux Tasting - 1st Growths & Super Seconds (Los Angeles, California): Rich, spicy, spice box, plum nose; fig, black fruit, rich plum palate with some higher notes and mint showing up toward finish; long finish  96 points
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