Surprisingly dark in colour, evolved nose, but a bit shy, elegant, classic. On the palate starting slowly, pure fruit, spicy, a bit lean, then opening up, showing much more intensity and power. Fresh, elegant, a bit dying. Great finish, long and lingering. 91-93
Needed 30-60mins in decanter to settle, after which plenty of bite but a disappointingly watery finish. With an extra hour of air it developed lovely tobacco and cedar aromas that I love from St Julien's, except in the mouth it doesn't have the lushness of a hot vintage (e.g. 89/90) nor velvet feel of 85, nor freshness of 96. It's got those 83-vintage drying tannins. Frankly smells better from the empty glass later than at the time of drinking. I do not like many 83's though, have felt their time has past and this case just re-affirms it. Drink up. From a perfect bottle from my cellar, so others may not show even as well at this.
Lots of initial acidity, which took 2hrs in a decanter to integrate after which the wine became rich and wonderful for a window before drying out (which I've found recently with many 83s). Lots of mushrooms, forest floor and a window of wonderful tobacco. This is mature and will not improve, but will hold for 3-5yrs at this level. I'll try a 6hr slow ox next time. Not too much sediment. Only for lovers of classic and mature bordeaux, for me the 85 is a significantly better wine (mind you, I love the 85 St Julien style) for the same price.
To me, this is an astonishing bottle of wine! Bright translucent ruby in colour with only a very small hint of orange hue! So youthful looking! A tremendous nose of black currants, creme cassis, a touch of graphite, dried herbs, very pure and very deep nose! On the palate, once again, a very pure dark fruits showing, very rich and at the same time very delicate, very smooth! In pristine balance! I'm shocked by it's energy, vibrancy and youthful looking! This is very beautiful indeed!!
The wine looks Brick colored. The legs are Medium. It smells like Dust, Mineral, Toast, and Black currant (cassis). It tastes like Black currant (cassis), Mineral, and Dust. The body is Medium/Full. The wine has Silky texture. The wine finishes Medium.
PnD. Brick red, orange rim, 4.5. Very classic Bordeaux bouquet, hint of jasmine flowers, oriental spices, complex. Elegant harmonious palate, some tannin, multi layered, long finish. Drink now or wait. Thanks Bo
cork broke in half upon extraction. after about 2 hours of air and chilled to the right temperature, this was in absolutely perfect shape. if you get a bottle that's in this sort of shape (perfectly stored with a 60%+ soaked cork and no heat damage), you are in for a real treat.
Still a lot of fruits and acidity. Tanins are soft and perfectly integrated. Beautiful complexity and balance. Long finish on some exotic wood and liquorish. (Opened the bottle 6 hours before and decanted in another bottle)
Lovely burnt amber with some bricking. Gorgeous, classic Bordeaux nose of cedar/ cigar box ,wild strawberries, and peppers. Very nice texture, comes across as creamy and sticky. Classic aged cabernet dill and bell pepper laced plums. All perfectly harmonious and balanced. Very interesting, weaving, long finish. In a sweet spot at age 30.
The cork crumbled and I am thrilled this wine is in such nice shape. Thanks Josh! Grade: A
1983 Red Bordeaux Horizontal with Richard Brazier (Handford Wines, London): 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.
2013 - Lunch gathering (Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck @ Paragon): Alcohol :: Pristine condition. Very dark garnet core with light rim. The bouquet is utterly intriguing: sweet herbs, tobacco, spices and sweet black currant note. What is most important is the freshness it able to offer. Silky smooth mouth feel with layers of secondary complexity. It has just enough fruits to support today. Make it very delicious to drink. I especially like the freshness and focus in this wine. While I don't think it would improve even more. It will certainly stay at its peak for at least another 3-5years.
1990s Bordeaux Retrospect: Alcohol :: NA Popped and Poured. Yet another matured Claret that display good sense of harmonious and complexity: meatiness, chocolaty, leathery, tobacco, coffee and blackberry. Fresh and vibrant, a bit lean and one dimension considered we just had 2 flight of Bordeaux from the great 1990 vintage. The finish is rather short too but this is drinking beautifully now. Drink up. Buy - No.
Bottle in very good condition with level well into neck.
The nose was a bit metallic, almost like a young St.-Estephe when just opened. Definately lots of life left and far from over the top. Guess it at least will be a pleasure to drink till 2015.
Bouquet going from a bit metallic to cassis and a bit of spices.
Medium to full body and surprisingly still no orange edge. Did not expect anything special, but a great surprise. Decanted and reached it's peak after 2-3 hours. A fantastic wine to drink now! 94 points.
Really nice bottle bottle of perfectly aged Bordeaux - At a really beautiful point in it's drinking window. Very rewarding.
Cork was not in best of shape, showing seepage on 100% of surface area and some moldy growth under cap, so I was moderately concerned - but it turned out not to br a factor.
Decanted - drank with lambshanks. Intense ruby, looked far younger than it's nearly 30 years, no bricking detected. Superb nose with gobs of fruit (currants, cherry) with leather, and slight pencil lead and cedar. Very slight port aroma that worked quite nicely.
On the palate this was a pleasure. The fruit was definitely intact, along with surprisingly high tannins, with are soft and ever so slightly dusty. This must have been a tannic beast in it's youth, but is just gorgeous right now. Wish I had more!
Pristine bottle with full neck fill. Opened and decanted for 30 mins. Wow, what a nose -- upon breathing in the rich fumes of cassis unfolding in the glass, I thought for a moment I had opened a bottle of the '82 by mistake... On the palate, the wine was medium bodied with a classic St Julien structure, with gentle notes of leather and tobacco interwoven into the still-lively dark fruit. The 1983 LP might have seen better days (I can only guess), but based on the bottles I've had in the past 4 years it is in no hurry to fall off its drinking window
muted nose, although some cedar comes out with additional air time (open ~3 hrs before it was drunk). Some spiced red cherry still coming through. a little bit sour on the finish disappoints after the fruit appears on the palate. Some lovely secondary notes showing through here -- I bet there are some brilliant bottles of this out there.
Examination of Bordeaux (Our House (2033 Brandywine St., Philadelphia)): This was far more muted and reserved (even with a good decant) then I would have expected. Some red fruit developed on the nose, but it was mostly dominated by cedar. Fresher acidity on the palate with a moderate finish. This surprisingly has a good 10-15 years (at least) in the prime drinking window.
From memory... Bottle looked like it was released a couple years ago, perfect shape, great fill. Very fresh and tasting surprisingly young. Classic mature St. Julien, nose of cedar and tobacco. Ripe fruit still going strong, backbone suggests well stored bottles have some years left in them. This was very very nice and even mangaged to wow the non wine peeps at the table.
This wine was very charming - fully opened classic Bordeauxnose of cassis. The aftertaste is long, but slighly one-dimensional, and there is still a bit of the tannin left. I only lack some more of the cedarbox and tertiary flavours. However - this wine was so charming that I cannot avoid an outstanding rating. Drink now or within 5 years.
Bob Gaynor - Night of Excess!: Ruby in color with a generous nose of currants, tar, leather and spice. Palate is well balanced and medium-bodied. Minerals, tar and currants. Soft dusty tannins provide grip and finish. Very nice.
Summer Truffle Dinner (Chicago, IL): Effusive and complex aromatics. Initial funk blows off to reveal aged dark fruits, cedar, minerals, tar and spice accents. Still quite lively on the palate with round currant fruits, soft-suave tannins and plenty of balancing acidity. Drinking damn well - a fine example of perfectly mature bdx.
This bottle showed a bit of seepage and is probably not representative. A superb wine that just showed okay this time, with lots of barnyard and an uncharacteristic lack of freshness. Sorry this was my last bottle.
Drank with Jim O’Reilly in honor of his retirement at Tosca. Delicious, au pointe! Plenty of fruit, yet had that refined old bordeaux taste. Ann said it reminded her of the 1982 Pichon Lalande, albeit not quite as good.
Double-decanted for sediment reasons in the afternoon. Dark fruit (black plum and cassis), a bit of cigarbox. Tannins resolved, fairly low acid but not flabby. Seems less deep than bottles served at home, always a tad iffy carrying older bottles into city and deciding whether or not to decant. I actually take leftovers with me for the train ride home, in the last glass the fruit is fading a bit and getting pruney, but the tobacco, cedar, and lead pencil notes are much stronger. I'll say B/B+ on this bottle, from a wine I've gone A- on before.
Old/mature Bordeaux (FOF): Very youthful considering the it's age. Aromas of intens raisin, plums, spices and warmth - some associations to Port. The taste has fruity sweetness, good black currant, black berries, cherries - very ripe tastes, but also tobaco, leather and a hint of pepper. Prunes on the aftertaste with spices and herbs. Big structure and elegant long aftertaste. Very nice. Seems so much younger than many '83s.
Graciously provided by grossie at our recent off-line with wine + art at Kiki's Bistro. A playful, friendly, fruity wine that nearly spashes over the sides of the pool with ripe fruit. Very clean and pure. A little round on the finish. I was quite amazed at how primary this wine was. Smooth and velvety. Delicious now, not sure what it will be like in a few years, but I imagine it will hold up just fine. Another triumph for the '83 vintage.
At the offline with Otis, Wine + art and Chris. A terrific example of an 83- a little sweet on the nose, some spice and cedar. Great powerful fruit on the palate, pretty big, round, slightly stony. Nice finish, a little residual tannin. A very nice wine. Drink now.
Still remarkably fresh and youthful. Red/amber highlights with garnet rim. Gorgeous nose dominated by black currents with cedar and pencil shavings in the backround. The finest of tannins remain, with crisp acidity combining for the perfect mature bordeaux mouthfeel. Nothing wrong here, except the fact that this is my last bottle.
Drank with Justin, along with grilled Black Pearl salmon, polenta and kale with onion, raisin and pine nuts, at our house. Initially had a lovely burst of fruit, which dissipated but settled into a nice old bordeaux. Not quite as good as the 1978 Talbot, but very enjoyable.
We had this wine for my 62nd birthday dinner. It was splendid and at its peak. The nose was just like a fine perfume with roses, dark cherries and a lovely sweetness. The taste was fabulous with dark bing cherries, chocolate and casis. This is a classic St. Julien wine. In a word sensational! Thanks Chip.
Roy in NYC part 1: "The Brothers" at Tribeca (Tribeca Grill): i like leovilles overall. this shows why - although the fruit was somewhat lacking the structure and the backbone was impressive. this wine shows class and thus trully is a good wine. some currants hiding but mostly it was a good nose and a clean well structured body.
Tasted at dinner at Montrachet with Olivier. Taste was generously sent to our table from another. The Montrachet staff encourage sharing on their Monday night BYO amongst tables opening high quality wines.
Very elegant and well-aged, but not tired, Bordeaux. Filled with black currants and herbs. Velvety in the mouth.
Deep dark purple. Beautiful bouquet with black fruits, oak and vanilla. A lot of nuances. Full bodied. Some lead pencil. Powerful black fruits. Pauillac like. Very powerful. Good tannin. I have missed the 1982, but this is by far the best Léoville Poyferré I drank. For the long term! Next bottle in 1992, but waiting 7+ years from now will probably not be any problem.