Tasted Sunday, March 4, 2012 by Eric with 1,385 views
Thanks to the outrageous generosity of Mark Taylor, I had the incredible honor of attending a 30 year retrospective of 18 different 1982 Bordeaux. It was a simply glorious tasting with most wines purchased on released and stored for decades by Mr. Taylor. Also in attendance was the flamboyant Yves Durand who led the tasting in a gloriously thick French accent, my dear friend Roy Hersh from For the Love of Port, Don Cornutt who I have been looking forward to meeting for years, the oh so dashing Todd French who runs the world dominating WineBerserkers bulletin board, the very eloquent Eric Asimov (read his writeup here) and 9 other wonderful lovers of wine.
All of the wines were served single blind, so inevitably that leads to a bit of guessing. In the past I would often find that the blind games might take away from the pleasure of the wines, but over time I have found it to be a very useful exercise to keep one very focused on the details that differentiated the 18 different elixirs we had the pleasure of enjoying.
I always find the first flight of reds to be a bit challenging, but these were pretty easy to get excited about quickly. I have had all of these except the Figeac at least once and in some cases (Pichon Lalande) perhaps a dozen times, so it was pretty easy to pick 4 of 6, just swapping the Beychevelle and Lynch Bages.
Wow, wow, wow, this was a flight of a lifetime. In hindsight I think the Latour was clearly a tiny bit off, but all of the wines were majestic. My rankings in this flight have much more to do with my own flavor preferences (I nearly always find Haut Brion and Margaux to be my favorite first growths). It was again pretty easy to pick 4 of 6, just swapping the Latour and Mouton.
Another amazing flight although obviously a small let-down from the prior flight. My blind picks were way off with only 1 out of 6 (and finished the night at 9 out of 18), but I was at least 100% on picking right and left bank wines. Great showings from the L'Evangile and Cos d'Estournel.
Thanks so much to Mark Taylor for a truly memorable tasting!