1983 Red Bordeaux Horizontal with Richard Brazier

Handford Wines, London
Tasted Thursday, February 7, 2013 by Papies with 269 views

Introduction

Richard Brazier of Ancient and Modern Wines ( http://www.ancientandmodernwines.co.uk/ ) presented a horizontal of 1983s at the 30yr mark.

Flight 1 (10 Notes)

  • 1983 Château Canon 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Light colour shows its age. Good nose, red fruits, cherry, open wine. Medium to light on the palate, a touch dry at times but with a good core of soft fruit, subtle and with a good length. A good experience. drink now 91

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  • 1983 Domaine de Chevalier 89 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

    Light in colour. Spicy, smoky nose, light on the fruit. A touch backward, savoury and feels past it good days. 89 still and drink up

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  • 1983 Château Cos d'Estournel 87 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    A touch of a dissapointment again, light, thin and tails off quickly into no man land. Uncharming. we doubt it will improve much from here . 87

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  • 1983 Château Léoville Poyferré 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Once again surprisingly alive and vibrant, fuller wine with a lot of fruit. A touch of dry tannin, mild on the palate and shorting on th efinish. Feels to have gone through a lot of extraction and oak and still feels like it after all this years. good wine still. 90 and we suggest one drinks up.

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  • 1983 Château Talbot 94 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Another good Talbot of the 80s. The nose is classic, light earth, mushroom, very minty. On the palate it is well balanced, old school pure bordeaux with good length and presence. Granted one needs to like the style of old school bdx but to people who do like us this is simply stunning. 93-94 and drinks wonderfully now.

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  • 1983 Château Gruaud Larose 92 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Another classic old school bordeaux. Balanced and well made. Quite secondary on the nose and a touch less open than the talbot. A touch on the harsh side, dry feel on the palate with firm tannins. Good experience 92 and drinks well now

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  • 1983 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Full wine with lot of fruit. Earthy notes too on the nose too but quite a bit of fruit for a 30yr old. A few dry touches around the edges, a sign of the vintage we guess. Old style wine, grippy, good extract and showed quite well on the evening. 92-93 and with decent life ahead.

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  • 1983 Château Léoville Las Cases 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    A very young and backward wine at this stage. Very surprising to see it so backward actually especially having tried the 82 and 85. The nose has a few lactic notes nut generally it is restrained. on the palate it has substance , quite full wine wbut it is a touch hard and on the sleepy side. Hopefully some age will help here. 90-91 at the moment and hope for the future.

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  • 1983 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 96 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Magnificent wine. A pure joy to have. Open on the nose, classic pauillac, long complex with secondary notes but also with decent fruit. On the papalte it is singing, vibrant alive and balanced wine with that purity of fruit that we so much cherish. an easy 96 for us and maybe more. WOTN by a long way

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  • 1983 Château Palmer 94 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux

    The nose is a touch on the muted side, especially following the etheral Pichon Lalande 83. Quite powerfull still, fresh and fleshy wine. It feels like it could well last another 10 years and granted it has a few 83 issues such as sone dryness on the edges still it has a nice balance and presence. Very good wine and a good 94 from us.

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Closing

Pichon Lalande! a pure joy

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