1982 Bordeaux at Crabtree Kittle House

Chappaqua, NY
Tasted Tuesday, October 2, 2012 by salil with 387 views

Flight 1 (1 Note)

  • 2003 Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 87 Points

    England, West Sussex

    Rather yeasty and ripe in its flavours, showing rich citrus fruit and some tropical elements tinged with doughy and biscuity notes. It's quite pleasant to drink, not particularly complex but nicely balanced though there is a touch of coarse roughness on the back end.

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Flight 2 (2 Notes)

  • 1982 Château La Tour Haut-Brion 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

    Really elegant and finessed; drinking beautifully right now though I don't see this getting much better. This is more lighter than any of the other '82s poured later with the fruit relatively restrained and framed by mature smoky, earthy, iodine and tobacco elements. There's a lovely polished texture with tannins fully integrated, and striking persistence to the flavours.

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  • 1982 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 91 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain

    Remarkably youthful (well, it is Dunn) with ripe red and dark fruited flavours and a faint roasted quality to the nose initially. With air it calms down as the roasted element dissipates and more savoury earthy, cedar and vanilla notes develop. It's quite rich in the mouth, nicely balanced with decent acidity and a little grainy tannin still lingering on the back end. Very nice.

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Flight 3 (4 Notes)

  • 1982 Château Branaire (Duluc-Ducru) 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Very nice, medium weight and savory with rich red and dark fruit framed by mature smoky, earthy and cedary elements. It's not particularly complex and struggles a little in a flight with a couple of truly outstanding wines, but this is very enjoyable, drinking nicely now though I suspect there are still quite a few years ahead.

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  • 1982 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou 94 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Starts out a little reticent, but quickly opens out aromatically with air to show a stunning fragrance combining cigar smoke and savoury earth with sweeter fruit and herbal elements. Incredibly layered and polished in the mouth with fantastic depth and balance. Great wine.

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  • 1982 Château Gruaud Larose 97 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Absolutely spectacular. An amazing fragrance combining rich fruit, developed smoky, cedary and other savoury notes, a faint touch of Cordier funk and more flamboyant spicy elements into a scent that's hard to move away from. There's tremendous depth and power here with remarkable intensity and persistence to the flavours. It still feels remarkably youthful with the fruit still quite rich; the mouthfeel's remarkably dense, almost chewy, and the structure and balance suggest this has a very long time ahead of it.

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  • 1982 Château Léoville Las Cases 89 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Outclassed in the flight; it's certainly very rich and ripe with plenty of structure, but doesn't have the balance or charm of the other St. Juliens. There's a high toned quality to the fruit, spicy oaky and kirsch-like accents and while it's very enjoyable to drink, it doesn't show the depth or finesse of the other '82s.

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Flight 4 (3 Notes)

  • 1982 Château Lynch-Bages 94 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Richer and more flamboyant than what I normally expect from Lynch-Bages; there's a bright spicy topnote that gives this an exotic quality, and layers of cedar, graphite, cigar smoke and rich fruit beneath. There's a sense of real power and intensity here, superb balance and a long, resonant finish. Fantastic wine.

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  • 1982 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 98 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Wow! This certainly lives up to the hype. It's incredibly fragrant, flamboyant and amazingly complex with layers of rich fruit, developed earthy, tobacco and earthy elements, and more exotic spicy, lavender and green herbal notes coming together seamlessly in a powerful yet very finessed whole. The balance is flawless; the scent's hard to move away from and the flavours resonate long after each sip. Utterly stunning wine.

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  • 1982 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Flawed

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Corked. D'oh.

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Flight 5 (4 Notes)

  • 1982 Château Canon 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Lovely stuff; a core of plummy and red fruited flavours framed by mature cedary, tobacco and savoury earthy elements all conveyed with a sense of power and grace on a medium weight frame. There's lovely balance here, a silken mouthfeel and great length, an outstanding bottle.

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  • 1982 Château Certan de May 86 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol

    Quite a change from the other '82s poured; much more herbaceous and green in its flavours with the fruit thinner and not showing a whole lot of depth. It's pleasant enough to drink with bright acids keeping it lively and fresh, still some grainy tannin at the back end, but after the prior two flights and next to the Canon, it comes across relatively thin and simple.

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  • 1982 Château Figeac Flawed

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Corked.

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  • 1982 Château Magdelaine Flawed

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Comes across rather stewed and disjointed with the fruit surprisingly tired and lacking depth. Heat damaged?

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