Wine group dinner for Aniko at Yans China Bistro with Alex Yan doing the cooking. My #2 and Group #2. Lovely nose of black cherry fruit, tar, and cassis, more of the same on the palate, lots of cabernet flavors on the mid palate, medium/big body, improved greatly as the evening went on, lighter style than the others but much, much richer, long finish and flavorful aftertaste.
A bit richer and more expressive, complex than the 1983 on the nose. More generous, less drying, smoother, less powerful, but really harmonious and balanced, with a wonderful intensity of flavours. The structure is just superb. Very persistent and long. An absolutely lovely wine and a close second behind the stunning 1990. No rush at all drinking this. 94-96
Power meets elegance. Beautiful aromatics of freshly polished leather, dried flowers, sweet cedar and cassis. Round and creamy in the mouth with dense fruits and plenty of subtle earthy nuance. Has great proportion and persistence. Still extremely youthful but a joy to drink right now.
I actually feel like this bottle still has time to go. It had purity and softness and the acids were well integrated but the fruit was hiding in the background. It started to peak out past the tannins but it was still subdued. A well put together bordeaux.
Stunning color, still dark red with only the slightest signs of age at the edges. Nose is all plum, with some floral notes. A big nose too, really beautiful. Terrific expression of everything great about St Julien. Forward fruit, dark berries and jam with tannins that are pretty subdued. This wine only grew in the glass after an hour. Loved this. At its peak but has 10-15 years of great drinking.
Drank with Christmas turkey dinner with family and friends. Had been stored in my passively cooled cellar (58 degrees F in winter, 68 in summer, but changes slowly) since I took possession of futures in 1985. Parker had recommended, and the price was quite a bit below peers at the time. Wine was about 3/4 " below cork. Cork came out in one piece, albeit a bit soft. Wine had not leaked all the way through. Poured through filter/aerater, and started imbibing immediately. Wine was dark red, no noticeable browning. Smelled and tasted like blueberry and cherry preserves that my Mother used to make. Mellow, smooth, concentrated, very little to complain about. Hard to give an absolute number without having several other wines at the same time for comparison, but clearly more concentrated and not as acidic as the one other wine at the table, 1990 Haut Marbuzet. I don't claim to be able to predict the ageability of wines, but this tasted young to me. Hard to believe it was 32 years old. As such, I imagine that it has some years of life remaining.
I was greeted by a layer of mold on the cork as I peeled back the foil. Unpleasant, but not shocking for a 32 year old bottle. Cork crumbled at the mere though of the corkscrew. I was forced to scrape it out and pour the wine through a filter.
The wine itself had a moldy smell and I suspect this may be from contact with the cork bits that fell into the bottle. I fought past the wet basement smell and was rewarded with a familiar Poyferre nose. Shocking amount of structure left in this bottle. In fact, it was strongly reminiscent of the 2007 Poyferre I had recently enjoyed.
I didn't decant, which may have been a mistake. The bottle was poured around the table for eight, and consumed. It was smooth and texturally enjoyable, but reticent, lacking in aroma and taste. It was certainly better a few years ago.
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.
Still very fresh. Hardly believe that it is 30+ years. Appearance was still good red colour with no sign of age. I think one of the bottle had a slight cork taint. I noticed it and so did my wife but our guests did not seem to. Underneath it was a very easy drinking smooth wine with a long taste. Mellow and soft tannins.
Deep red, no signs of bricking. Expressive nose of dark fruits, forest floor and cigar box. On the palate complex, concentrated fruit. Very smooth tannins. Incredibly harmonious and balanced. Long finish. Another great '82 left bank Bordeaux that is immensely drinkable right now. Potential for at least 10 more years.
Faced with a relaxed and quiet Saturday night at home with the two little rascals, Mrs L and I dug deep into the fridges for something nice. The 82 LP not only fit the bill, but also shot the lights out. The bouquet was glorious and expressive -- not to mention thick and dark -- vapor of 32 year old fruit that could well have been harvested last year if it weren't for the complex rocky, smoky aromas that only mature wines from a few blessed corners of Bordeaux can produce. (It certainly impressed my 4-year old daughter, who was quite taken by the aromatics.) Rich and substantive on the palate, but with ample finesse and balance; fine velvety layers of fruit and a plush finish. Mature yet with a long life ahead. This wine will drink beautifully in 2040, and I shall make sure to save a bottle (not to mention myself) for drinking then
So nice of Erik to bring this over; my first 82 Poyferre. A lot of leather, cigar, and very, very earthy. Surprisingly not the plush and rich fruit you might expect from Poyferre - interesting. But the mouth feel, the structure isn't nearly as rustic. Interesting - certainly look forward to drinking this again!
Sigh. From 750ml purchased from private cellar, this bottle was visibly a bit banged up, and sadly that showed through in the wine. While I would still categorize it as "silky" as per my previous experience, this one was underwhelming. Praying it was simple bottle variation - I will report back on the next one!
Casual Bordeaux Dinner w/Boston Group (Boston): Nose: Dark Cherry, Chocolate, Vanilla and Leather. Quite ripe, but not baked fruit. Palate: Very soft in the mouth and silky. Black Cherry, Red Plum and Ripe Strawberry fruit with good dose of earth and chocolate. Rich. Finish: Lingering red plum and chocolate.
Decanted about an hour before drinking. Young nose dominated by fruit, with a tilt toward the red side of the spectrum: cherries, red plums, a little strawberry, plus a little dark chocolate and old leather. The palate was more mature Bordeaux, with mushrooms, leather and funk. Nice, longish finish. Not nearly as strong as 82 Pichon Lalande, but a very fine wine indeed. At Bernards Inn.
this bottle was PNP for Valentine's Day with the first glass poured at the beginning of the meal as we drank DP with the early courses. Initially all the stink of old Bdx and a fair bit of bricking but still a rather deep purple color. Initial nose the funk and some tobacco. with time this opened and velvet smooth. The fruit was more restrained than I remember it 2 years ago and not sure if that's due to age or bottle variation. It got better all evening and I'd score it a 93-95 if forced. So easy to drink and so smooth. I drank the last quarter the next evening before dinner and just sipped away and it was marvelous, fuller and rounder and wonderfully full and all the more so given it's age and my utter ignorance as to its provenance. I wish more bottles had been available that week on WineBid at that crazy price. Wonderful wine to share with wife although I no doubt enjoyed it more than she did.
100% claret. Decanted and consumed over 3.5 hours. Deep plum and cassis on the nose with classic currant and graphite on the palette. Gentle tannins with a looooooong finish. This was good but not as amazing as I had hoped it would be. I'm not an expert on '82 Bordeaux but I don't see it getting much better.
1980's Bordeaux Dinner (Arlington Club, NY): Deep crimson red. More muted than the Pichon Comtesse. Some mineral notes. Good structure. Tannins are still a bit dusty even after over 3 decades. Acidity is medium plus. After 20 minutes, nose starts to open up and gains complexity, some gaminess. This needs some more decanting time to fully evolve. Better on the palate than the Comtesse but not on the nose. Finish is medium plus. Like it but do not love it.
Last of 6 from my cellar purchased as a future many moons ago. Decanted for about 1.5 hours. Cork crumbly, but no impact on bottle. Cherry red in color, but not showing much maturity. Lovely nose of plum and cherry with a nice floral element. A nice balanced palate of cassis, cherry, crushed stones with a tad of oak. No tannin. Over time fruit subsided to reveal an earthy element. Very nice. Paid about 15.00 for the bottle. Oh, those were the days.
VTS fill, stood the pristine 750ml bottle for days. Decanted for 90 mins. While not a "stunner," this was simply silken excellence. I rarely use "silky" but, it truly fit the drinking profile. Deep garnet color, barely bricking. Nose was mostly roses and a tad restrained. Wonderful structure, super fine tannins. Medium-plus finish. A wonderful treat and very sadly, my one and only 82 Poyferre. Glad to share it among great friends!
At home. Drank over 5 hours and this kept getting better and better. Initially a little closed, but after about an hour this revealed notes of ripe red fruit, tobacco, coffee, earth and old wood. The palate matched, dominated by ripe red fruit with a deep complex background of earth, leather, cedar and smoke. Full and rich in the mouth. Perfect balance and a long interesting finish. The more air this got in the glass, the younger it tasted. Clearly still a long life ahead.
Hard to imagine this being better. It's really a near-perfect aged San Julien -- silky and sweet, just a hint of tannin but very balanced acidity, cherries and something darker on the palate, a long finish. No hard edges, nothing off, no funk. Just pure enjoyment. Definitely tends toward the elegant side, not huge, but plenty of fruit. Really, plenty. Stood for over a week and decanted just before drinking.
Old Bordeaux at La Fonda del Sol (NYC): A wow the moment the cork's pulled, this is drinking superbly with a lovely, complex fragrance combining layers of savoury smoky, earthy, cedar, tobacco and dark fruited flavours into an aroma that's hard to move away from. This is in a great place right now with the same complexity and depth on the palate, tannins coming across quite well integrated and a polished, silken palate presence conveying power with a sense of restraint. Fantastic.
Smooth and silky. Very open and honest wine, you smell is what you get. Not a complex wine but does the job perfectly. One to enjoy over the next couple of years as I am not convinced this wine will stay at this level for another 10 years.
Truffle, tobacco, cassis, cedar chest, earth, blackberry, spice and smoke create a beautiful nose. On the palate, the wine is silky and power. Full bodied and concentrated, everything is in place to deliver a great, fully mature, Bordeaux wine drinking experience.
Classy nose w cedar and fading fruit enhanced by touch of truffle; smooth and quite layered. Not a powerhouse but balanced and delicious. Best now since there is no tannin reserve. A hedonistic experience from this underrated wine.
Leoville Poyferre embodies the 1982 vintage's hallmark of unmistakeable opulence. It is easy to throw around adjectives, and i will in a moment, but the most important thing is this wine makes you keep going back for more out of sheer deliciousness and it gets better as it aerates
The bottle had a fill level just into the neck, and there was no bricking. Both the bouquet and flavor profile are dominated by rich red fruit, balanced nicely by unobtrusive acidity. It's like drinking liquified silk, and while it reveals more of itself over time I do get the sense it's softening so I wouldn't look to cellar this 5-10+ years....you might find yourself wondering how great it was in 2013.
The price tells you it's not an underdiscovered gem but for potential buyers you are getting value for your money.
Alcohol :: NA Matured color of dark garnet core, brown rim. Savory, leather, black fruits and roasted herbs. Quite opulent on the palate, sweet and rich but the structure is kind of loosen and showing a touch TCA taints. Not unsinkable but I would expect better tension and structure for a 1982 Poyferre. What a shame!
In which I host the Supper Club- Burg, Bordeaux and boeuf Bourguignon. (My place.): This bottle seems a little softer and more mature than other bottles I've had, but it's still showing very nicely. Its typical sweet cherry, leather, herb, graphite and cigar box profile shines through with silky elegance and nice warmth. Normally the fruit is a bit more vibrant and the wine packs a bit more punch, but the softness and harmony is quite enjoyable. The finish on this bottle is also a little more gruff than I'm used to, but no one is at their best all the time. Normally a solid A for me and one of my favorite '82s, call this one an A/A-.
Dinner at Villa d'Este. This was not a clean bottle. Previos bottles showed much more freshness and much cleaner. Some fely corked but it was not. Hope for better performance from nect bottle from case.
From magnum. A really attractive scent: ripe and obviously warm year, but in no way over the top. It has all your typical Bordeaux aromatics and though is starting to show some mature elements, it still IMO could use a bit more age (I guess I like my claret more dead than alive). Rich, sweet fruit and enough structure to keep it moreish. A very nice wine. Drink and hold.
Very complex. Red fruits. Barnyard aroma that blows off after a bit, tobacco great smooth tannins but some grip still. Could gain some complexity but I like it where it is. I would drink my stash up. Drank after 1 hour decant and consumed over 4 hours
1982 Leoville Poyferre offers a beautiful, intense perfume filled with truffles, Cuban cigars, ash, earth, Asian spice, cedar wood and black with red fruits. On the palate, the wine is rich and sensuous, ending with a lush, mocha and cassis filled finish. This is drinking perfectly today. As good as this is, and it's very good, the current vintages starting with the sublime 2000, are even better!
The Big Sendoff; 9/15/2012-9/16/2012 (The Home of Dave L): A real pleasure to get a chance to try this wine. Improved with extended air, adding structure and tannins. Leather, mushroom and sweet mature fruit on the nose. Palate showing tertiary mature fruit, with a sweet pipe tobacco component. Moderate finish. Poised and balanced, showing well for the age. A very solid older wine in its peak drinking plateau. Will maintain it's current level of performance for 5-10yrs.
Medium red. Slightly funky but very light nose, not much fruit, the palate shows some fruit but the nose doesn't. Decent finish. I'm going to say this is a mediocre to poor bottle. I would expect this to be great.
1982 Leoville Poyferre remains one of the best values from the normally, very expensive 1982 vintage. Tobacco, truffle, earth, cassis, cedar wood and cigar ash create the complex perfume. Concentrated, full bodied and rich in texture, the wine offers a big mouthful of sweet, ripe, cassis, blackberry and spice. For a 30 year old wine, this is still young, fresh and vibrant. Well stored examples could easily age and improve for another 20 or more years.
Decanted for an hour. A red and lightly brown rim, with a garnet core. Sweet leather, spice, blackberry, tea, cedar and mineral. Colossal and still fruity, there is a lot of life still ahead. Velvety and long; layers of leather and fruit. The finish and nose are simply enamouring on this full-bodied Goddess. Drink now - 2022.
A Tribute to 30yrs of 1982 Left Bank Bordeaux (The Papies, Elizabeth St, London): AAA bottle, in neck level, good solid cork. Decanted for about an hour but didnt really help open up the wine. Not really singing and reading the notes below we feel like we didnt get the experience everybody else did. Classic and although mature it felt very reserved and for sure can last a few more years. Light on the nose, mild, restrained. Good palate presence, well round but lacked vitality. 90 from us.
Strong ruby colour, no sign of age. Nose classic Bordeaux, cedar - dark berries. Difficult to describe the taste, it was mellow yet long lasting. It had good tannins, beautiful balance and a complex taste. Went down too easily for my liking I found myself opening one more bottle than I originally thought - just joking the guests clearly liked it and I was very happy.
Five Decades of Leoville Poyferre with Richard Brazier (Handford Wines, London): Dark red core but with brickign on the rim. Classic bdx nose, cedar, fruit, earth. Very delicate yet opened, with lots of finesse. Very well made and a testament to the vintage. Concentrated, alive, some sweet elements on the palate. Very elegant, classical, beautiful but in no way mesmerising. Still will not dissapoint. 93+
Colour still deep ruby - no sign of age. Nose toasted malt with berries. Long complex taste, developing in the mouth. Next I won't bother decanting as there is not much sediment and I feel wine is better soon after opening.
Bordeaux v Burgundy event (The Square Restaurant - London): Slightly corked (...queue a rather animated debate at the table) but despite its short comings you still have to consider the following - it was as black as death and those nose was still young. The fruit still shone through and showed incredible depth and complexity. Almost 30 years old. Seriously? This is still young. Good stuff despite the corked element, without it this would have been astonishing. 2 lessons. #1. Dont buy first growths. #2 - age your bordeaux.
Smoke, grilled nuts, truffle, cassis, coffee, tobacco, earth, underbrush, blackberry and spice aromas lead to a sweet, refined, full bodied, concentrated cassis and plum filled finish. This is rally starting to drink well now and it has at least another 10-20 years to go.
Liberated some more of this terrific wine from storage at Crown Cellars and drank again the other night. While I give it the same rating as in 2007, it just has a more mature, softer, voluptuous feel to it yet while maintaining the clean delineation. No signs of it starting to take a downturn, though it would be irresponsible not to drink faster than one every four years - my current run rate.
A pristine bottle. The wine is still young but ready to drink after decanted for 30 minutes. Nose is subtle and opened up a little after 1 hr. The real show is on the palate. Very rich with enough structure to balance. A good value among the 82s.
Five 1982 Bordeaux wines tasted, first place. Lovely nose of currents, cedar and dark cherry fruit, more of the same on the palate, lovely taste mid palate of rich wine, long finish, two pours tasted. Two pours tasted.
Initially some barnyard that gave way to sweet red fruit, cassis, and some cigar box notes. The wine evolved in the glass within 30 minutes and was fully open within an hour. Tannins were nicely developed and help up to a meal of diverse flavors. While drinking great now, it appears to have long life ahead of it and I would not hesitate to open a bottle in 5-10 years.
Lovely bottle that gradually changed over the course of dinner. Initially a lot of funk and horse poop and possibly a hint of TCA/penicillin. With a little time sweet cherry flavors came forward and integrated with the earthiness while the barnyard and chemical (tca or penicillin) flavors went away. Tannin gone. Interesting to see how much the wine was enjoyed by wife and another lady who generally are not fans of the French or the manure....gorgeous wine...what a great buy this was
The 1982 Leoville Poyferre is showing a reddish brown color. The nose came on after a half hour and the fruit was fully developed in an hour. It had read and black fruit, cedar aromatics. The acidity is a bit high. This wine drink young.
Let breather for 1.5 hr after decanting. Good nose but wine tasted closed and tannic. Finally opened up after an addiitonal hour. Drank beautifully the next day, showing its full potential. This wine still has a ways to go.
82 Leoville Poyferre is filled with smoky black fruit, cassis, truffle, cedar and cigar box aromatics. This rich, full bodied, elegant, round, powerful Bordeaux wine end with a long, cassis, blackberry, spice and orange rind finish. This sublime wine will only get better. While not cheap, this wine offers one of the best price to quality ratios for mature Bordeaux, especially for 82 Bordeaux.
From Uncle Mark's cellar. This bottle was perfectly mature, if anything on the downslope of a great life. Translucent ruby color with a bit of bricking starting on the edges. Intense nose of red currant, lead pencil shavings, tobacco and tea leaf. On the palate, the wine is growing lean and the loss of fruit from the last time I had this a few years ago is noticeable. However, it still carries firm structure beyond those bright red fruits and the finish still yields some gripping tannin and acid. I would drink up over the next year or two unless you really like how old wines taste. The bold fruit that made this wine so loveable over the last two decades has definitely gone to the angels.
Completely secondary nose of dead leaves, barnyard, graphite, earth, worn leather. This is ripe and still firm, with plum and black cherry, shot-through with minerality, and a finish that is still strong, with burnished tannins and some freshness even yet.
The color was light red, with bricking and even some brown notes around the edge. The nose was muted at first, but eventually revealed lead pencil and dark fruit. The wine was actually in amazing balance for its age, but the fruit was just a touch over the hill. The finish went on and on and on.
I am sure there are better bottles out there. For me, this was an educational experience more than an outstanding and enjoyable wine.
This was pretty good but reserved. I thought it needed some air but we opened it last minute. Still lots of life, leather, tobacco, graphite and black fruit. It should have some air next time I open one of these.
Wonderful ripe and mature cabernet nose. Extremely foward and open, with notes of balsamic wood, dried flowers, mature sundrenched blackcurrant and creme de cassis. On the palate it is not that good, a bit hollow in the fruit, and not extremely long. Definitely in its drinking window, but probably the tail end of it. However, there are no oxidization or tiredness on the nose.
This opens with notes of cedar, earth, anise, forest floor and fresh, ripe and over ripe dark berries with a hint of jam. This full bodied wine is packed with fruit and flavor. The soft, yet powerful finish ends with black and blue fruit flavors, spice and hints of fennel. This is drinking great today, but additional time will only make this better.
Leo's Blind Tasting Group - May '10 edition (Ben's): Shockingly young; quite dark in colour with a core of intense cassis and plummy flavours and herbal, cedar and gentle forestal and truffle accents around the deep fruit. There's a sense of restrained power in the mouth; it's concentrated and full bodied but with a surprisingly light touch at the same time, and a seamless, glossy mouthfeel. Lovely.
Th cork was saturated only 1/4 of the way up. Inky garnet color. Initially pretty tight, this went into a wide-bottomed decanter for an hour or so while we enjoyed the Duhart opened alongside. Notes of potpourri, plum, new leather, blackberry & currants. Developed a really nice iron/iodine quality as it sat in the glass. Flavors of blackberry and dark fruit, with tobacco, spice and red fruit. Whereas the Duhart was about elegance, this was all about power. Terrific stuff just beginning to enter its drinking window.
Color: Transparent red cherry with a 1.5 cm orange/faint ruby rim. Bouquet: Barnyard with urine notes plus leather. Very aromatic and funky. Flavor: Earthy, hint of cedar, red currant (perhaps some cranberry though not quite that sharp), leather and barnyard. 30 seconds+ finish with leather evolving toward barnyard, and dried cherry. Overall: Brilliantly balanced and smooth. Superb. RP gave it a 94 and suggested a drinking window of 2006-2025. 92+.
Every sniff and sip rocks! Tobacco, spice, truffle, cassis and blackberry are all over the place. Concentrated, intense, elegant and powerful, this wine has it all and it's clearly showing its ample charms!
Popped and drank over 4 hours. The cork had black fungi and dropped into the bottle when I placed minimal pressure trying to pop it open! But all my worries flew away with the initial whiff of the wine. Dark color in its core with tawny rim. Initial nose of barnyard funk which below away quickly, cocoa, cherry liquor, cedar, and plenty of herbs. Beautiful and smooth on palate, lots of red/black fruits, herbs, and cassis. Nice finish with hints of spices. Ready to drink now but should hold at maturity for a few more years.
Part of a blind tasting of Leoville Poyferre, Barton and Las Cases, 1982, 1990, 1996 and 2000 with Acker. This was the least exciting wine of the flight. Ripe, bit not powerful, stylish but not full bodied
Very youthful with many years of life left in it. Dark color, soft but substantial tannins. Plum, cocoa, leather. Tasted along side a '93 Mouton Rothschild -- this blew it away, no comparison. A very fine, classic claret.
Full-bodied, still purple in color and loads of concentrated fruit and structure. Earthy and classic in all the positive ways especially with time in the decanter, the velvet texture with fully rounded sweet tannins is preceeded by aromas of cherry and plum and laced with flavors of cassis, spice and vanilla followed a lengthy and stunning finish.
This was drunk together with Talbot, 82, Figeac 82, and Haut Brion 75. The colour was much more vibrant than the Talbot - not lightening at the edges. The nose of jammy red and black fruits was lovely and layered with hints of roasted nori and leather. On the palate it was fresh, lots of fruits up front, soft tannins holding the wine and balck fruits showing as it lingers on. Good length.
Leoville Poyferre masterclass with Didier Cuvelier (St Regis, Singapore): What a great vintage, what a lovely wine. Orangey ruby colour. I loved the nose - funky for sure, almost a little sewage like, until a few swirls revealed a whole world of rich scents - wet earth, damp forest floor, tobacco leaf, chinese herbs, a whiff of sweaty leather... all this leading to a sweet backlift of high-toned cherries, cassis and incense. All very rich and complex. Lovely as it was, I thought the nose on the 1989 probably a little more attractive. The palate on this wine, however, was stupendous. Ever so fresh for a wine nearing its 27th birthday, and full of power. Sweet cassis, plums, prunes, at the midpalate, some white fleshy fruit that reminded us of pears, and flavours of perfumed, crushed flowers just weaved their way through the mouth towards a longish finish. Even so, there was a sense of buried complexity, all integrated into the bones of the wine. It ended with a gently fading flourish of orange peel, wood spice and smoke. While the 1989 faded with time, this just kept getting better, with the beautifully rounded finish lenthening out and the flavours filling the mouth. Lovely, feminine, yet with a great sense of presence and structure. Outstanding. A great example of St Julien and absolutely perfect drinking now.
A St Paddy's day Fiesta (my place): nose: this took a good while to get going. Had some must on the initial pop n pour, this needed a good 2-3 hours to fully get going in the decanter. When it finally revealed itself, beautiful, lovely, and sweet tones of cassis, cedar, leather, pencil lead, dark red cherries, cranberries and hints of spice box. Really intoxicating with a whole lot of elegance that you get from aged st juliens
taste: Lovely and lush medium feel with sneaky and fine grained tannins. Very deep and lush tones of spice box, cassis, dark red cherries, cedar and a good helping of dried berries round it all out. THere is a lot of depth and refinement to this that puts it in a class of its own
overall: Took about 3 hours to get going, and then it was everything that one could want in an aged Bordeaux. This paired great with a NY strip and it was just pure delight. This is in a perfect place right now
Pratt's Bordeaux table and then some: Earthy, slightly musty nose with blackish fruit. Harmonious and integrated with fairly resolved tannins. Nice interplay between the earthy notes and desiccated fruit. It picks up a touch of tobacco on the finish. Pleasant, but no real oomph. I had two guesses. One was a ’70 St. Julien and if not that, I guessed maybe a poorly stored ‘80’s St. Julien, or, more precisely, an ’81 St. Julien. Given the year and Producer and past experiences with the bottle, I don’t believe it was a pristine bottle. I don’t think it so severe heat, but low and slow exposure. B+.
Full bodied and long on the palate. This is drinking like a fresh wine, but the tannins are very smooth in this rich and balanced wine. The wine exhibits a nice bitterness of black tea with a smaller role played by notes of berries, dark fruits, leather, iodine, and blood. Drink now or hold. -JBL
Masculine and satisfying. Seems like it lacks the last bit of authority in its secondary nuances, but it would be fair to say that my sinuses may have lacked the last bit of authority in picking out secondary nuances.
Stellar bottle. This is a wine that wowed me in 2003 and really got me deeply excited about Bordeaux over the past 5 years, but several recent bottles have disappointed me. However, there was nothing disappointing about this stellar magnum which I brought to a friend's 40th birthday party. Double-decanted for sediment about 4 hours before service. A gorgeous nose of tobacco, stalk and ripe fruit moves into a supple palate that interplays gorgeously between sweet, ripe plums, mineral and underbrush. Poyferre when young makes me think of "rocks and blood," but this supple and mature version is all at once complex, delicious, sultry and riveting. This powerful wine definitely seems to benefit from gentle aeration. Fantastic bottle!
Steaks and Bordeaux on a Saturday night (Seattle, WA): Sadly this was subtly corked. It still had interest and the TCA was low enough that we didn't dump it, but you could smell a whiff here and there and the fruit was relatively stripped compared to what it should be. Mushrooms, tobacco, rocks and cherries.
Bordeaux on the Hudson Part Deux (Peter Pratt's): Sorry, boys, the secret is out on this wine, which showed even better than the bottle we had last year. The nose is all delicate beauty and finesse with some light cherry fruit intermingled with cedar and eucalyptus. The real magic is on the palate though where one finds the marriage of power and elegance. The delicacy of the nose shifts as the fruit turns darker, more tarry and, ultimately, more savory. The ample fruit is wonderfully framed by great structural acidity and fine tannins. This bottle showed broader and more complex than the previous one and I'd recommend holding it for a while; this wine will last forever. A superb, effortless wine.
Beautifull nose of bacon fat, jammy red fruit, meaty, leather, horse and a hint of tobacco... in the mounth veeeery long with tons of ripe fruit, mokka, very fine and silky tannins... a top class St-Julien!
Kitchen Tasting Group does Lynch Bages: Deep ruby red with slight bricking. The nose gives a stern expression of black fruit, coffee, and a slight barnyard. There is also an aroma reminiscent of good Pichon Lalande. On the palate this gives more black fruit and coffee with some tannin. Really nice. Consensus was that this was an off bottle. I'll defer to their expertise as this is my first time with this wine, but I did enjoy this immensely.
3 1982 Bordeaux tasted blind, first place. Nose of sweet, rich, dark fruit, hints of dust, smoke, and spice, more of the same on the palate, opened to better and better the first 45 minutes of the tasting, medium body, and medium/long finish. Terrific tasting wine tonight
Verbier/Anders. Wonderful as always. Interesting that out of five 82's (las cases, poyferre, barton, ducru, and GPL), this was the most controversial. Two of eight rated it WOTN, while two rated it last. I thought it was #2 of the night.
Brilliant color, fruit forward nose, flavors are well balanced with high extract fruit dominant. Tannins are well aged and soft but plenty of structure. Nice but not great finish. Overall - ready to drink in a somewhat straight forward fruit driven style.
82 Bordeaux Tasting (Chanterelle): More elegant nose of limestone and gravel. Lighter and more acidic than the others. There's a floral elegance to this wine. The acids fade and integrate into the dark red fruit with time in the glass. Really nice.
Wow -- tannin here is totally resolved and the result is as supple and shiny as the finest paper-thin designer leather. Fruit profile is totally black and blue, it's fascinating to pack such a dark fruit profile into such a slender body.
Tasting note from memory. Dinner with Gary. After a disaterous 79 Haut Brion, I decided to play it safe and go for the 82 Leoville Poyferre. I’ve had mixed results with this wine, tasting some stellar examples, and then some less than impressive ones. This one, although not hitting the highest mark, was better than any in recent memory. Thirty minutes of decanting and it was drinking very well. Nice cedar, spice and dark rich fruit. It did decline after about 2 hours.92
1982 Bordeaux with Leve at Spago (Los Angeles, CA): This was the most linear, syrupy wine of the night for me. I often love this wine, but I found this example almost cloyingly primary with a faint note of uric acid. It did blow off the nastiness and improve a bit with a nice chewy, mushroomy edge.
Bordeaux on the Hudson (Peter Pratt's Inn): The delicate nose of cedar and graphite, belied a hugely powerful wine. Nice, I thought, elegant and proper, and then, WHAM. The first sip threw my head back. Opulent, spicy, dense black fruit. Wonderfully structured with nice minerality and great acidity. Surprisingly for a 25 year old wine, it still grips on the finish just slightly shortening the ending. This wine will last forever. The only criticism of this wine (and it is a minor one) is that, while the fruit is big and expressive, it didn't have a depth above its pedigree. Still, a fantastic experience and a great wine.
Beautiful bottle, decanted for about 1-1/2 hours before tasting.
On the nose, lots of leather and blackberries, with a cherry undertone. On the palate, full-bodied and deep, with nice acidity, lots of cherries and blackberries, and leather, leading to a long finish where some cedar notes appear. This bottle was still young, looking and tasting a decade or more younger. Beautifully balanced. Unfortunately, my wife loved it, but I hope we can keep our hands off the three remaining bottles. Or at least one anyway.
Base neck fill. Lot's of black mold under the capsule. Cork wet all the way to the top of the bottle, extracted very easily. Decanted 1 hour before drinking; left about an inch of wine in the bottle due to some fine sediment. Beautiful dark red color, no bricking, could be mistaken for a 2000 based on the color. Earthy, musty berry nose, cedar notes, with a touch of wet cardboard. Very mouthfilling with a fantastic silky and elegant mouth feel. The vibrant mature fruit flavors of this wine are really stellar. The finish is very balanced and lingers nicely on the palate. I don't have a lot of experience with mature Bordeaux, but my sense is that this wine will hold at this level for quite some time.
I have had this wine a number of times, and this was a nice but underwhelming bottle. Lots of mushroom and forest floor at first moving towards a sweet, leathery core of fruit. Sweet but a little flabby. This certainly show many of the hallmarks of a mature Bordeaux, but for some reason the vibrancy is not there with this bottle. Not to say that it's not bad, but I have rated this as high as 97 in the past, and this bottle was simply not soaring to those heights. Maybe I overdecanted this? (A fast double-decant about 90 minutes before service.)
First off, the great 1982 Leoville Poyferre with cheese before dinner. This is a great wine. I had always thought the 90 the best Poyferre, but an exchange on this board last year got me into the 82, and it is firmly established as a favorite. This wine is in perfect balance, and in perfect harmony. If you had a friend who "didn't really like old red wine", this would turn them around. The fruit is sweet, ripe berry, but not overbearing. Good nose, an incredible finish. Classic bordeaux.
Another sub par example of the 82 Poyferre. I have any many amazing bottles and a few duds. It seems that all of the failures came from a recent purchase of this wine sourced by the WineClub in San Francisco. Since the two least impressive examples of this wine came from them, I’m beginning to fear that the entire lot was damaged. Still, an half decent Bordeaux, just way short of what I know this wine to be capable of.
Possibly one of the best bordeaux's I've had. No signs of aging from the color of the wine. If I had to guess the year from the color, I would have pegged it to be a 1995 CA cab. No need for decanting. A little heat on the nose, but great aromas of dark bing cherries. Well-integrated red and black fruit with a very nice finish. Went well with prime rib and overstuffed baked potatoes. Ultra-fine tannins. This wine rocked! We all agreed that it was showing better than the '86 Haut Brion.
My first '82 Bordeaux; slight bricking but clear; classic profile of tabacco and cedar with mushroom and forest floor notes; matched very well with the food and very easy to drink; perhaps a little less complex than expected but excellent overall.
Dinner with Mike Woodhead (Elements - Santa Barbara): This is a great wine. I have never had a bottle I didn't like a lot. Fruit is awesome, and its a classy wine. This is exactly what a good St Julien should be. This has now firmly replaced the 1990 as my favorite Poyferre.
Brilliant inky purple color with no evidnece of bricking at the rim. Perfumed nose of St Julien including dry leaves and leathr with almost burgundy like fruit. My dad thought there were some barnyard overtones as well. A full mouthfeel, with dark baked fruit in harmony with resilliant tannins. This wine was a perfect foil for a Christmas roast. Too bad Christmas comes but once a year!
Dinner with Charles for a pre-ADA tasting dinner. Overall, this is the least impressive bottle of the Poyferre 82 that I’ve had. It was not nearly as open and forward as previous bottle. The nose was restrained. That said, it was still a very bottle of Poyferre. Nose of leather, tobacco leaf. It tastes remarkably young and vibrant in the mouth. I’m always amazed that this is a 20 year Bordeaux. Medium length on the finish with good balance and integrated tannins. Still, I can’t help but think how good this wine could be.
Barry brought this to our tasting at Cafe l'Europe. The last time I tried this was several years ago in a semiblind horizontal of 1982 left bank wines and it was inky, bitter and thoroughly awful (from a bottle purchased on release and properly stored). My faith is restored with this bottle of excellent appearance. Just about ready and classical Medoc/St. Julien, it's firm, cedary, masculine, properly black fruity and very, very nice. Still tannic, but the tannins are fine and give the wine a proper backbone for long aging. A real winner which should go on and evolve for many years to come.
A Hot Streak: Dauvissat, Poyferre, Barton, Mortet, Grivot, Clos des Papes; 7/24/2005-8/3/2005: This bottle had an hour in the decanter. Classic old Bordeaux nose, loads of mineral and cigar-box, with a hint of black fruit. A little old fashioned in the mouth, brawny and structured, some unresolved tannin that melted away with the duck. There was a chunky core of sweet fruit that bloomed with time in the glass. As with all great Bordeaux it really came into to its own with the food and by the time the cheese arrived was performing wonderfully, rich and enveloping, swaggering with St Julien style. Its all in fabulous balance and still has bags of life. A splendid Sunday lunch Claret
1982-83-89 Bordeaux at Masa's in San Francisco: Under ordinary circumstances, this would be an outstanding wine to drink, but in present company it doesn't seem to measure up. Much softer and less delineated than the others in the flight, this wine comes across inevitably as less interesting. The powerful, sharply defined aromas and flavors are not there. Certainly the weakest of the flight IMO.
CellarTracker's 1-year anniversary! (Seattle, WA, USA): I love this wine which is both mature and youthful at the same time. The nose is extremely expressive with leather, graphite, lead pencil, espresso, cocoa and a hint of mint. The palate was very tight at first, showing lots of clamping acidity and red fruit. However, with 45 minutes of air this opened beautifully and showed the gorgeous "rocks and red fruit" which I associate with Poyferré, but there is also a depth of more roasted, black fruit and dusty, powerful tannins. The graphite and minerality is amazing, and with time some cedar also joins the party. This bottle was more youthfully tannic than other bottles I have had, showing lots of structure and minerality and a bit less fruit. Still, this is a delicious wine which always delivers!
Cellartracker Anniversary (Chez LeVine): The nose on this thing! I didn't even have to stick my nose in the glass - the aromas sprang out of it with just an explosive cornacopia of graphite, tobacco, violet, cocoa, leather, the list just goes on and on. The color remains a dark purple slightly orange and the edges. And the palate is lush with cherry, pepper, and smoke. It's drinking great right now, but will continue to evolve and last for another 15 years easy. Super.
87 Guigal La La's, 90 la Chapelle, 90 Montrose, 89 Palmer, 90 Tertre Rôteboeuf (Montrachet): Absolutely stunning. I couldn't believe my eyes when Andy Levine pull it from his bag as we wanted some more red to match with the cheese course. This was my second time tasting this wine inside a month and I was thrilled. Someone even mentioned how much Eric Levine has loved this wine in the past and I had just written the same comment in my last TN: on this wine. This bottle tasted as thought it was stored perfectly. Singing aromatics of sweet & succulent fruit. It Smelled like the grapes were picked just yesterday. The texture and mouth feel is fleshy and full in body. Still muscular and loaded with nuances this wine is a keeper but is drinking brilliantly now. For the price I would jump on it if I saw it. Thanks Andy.
1982 Bordeaux @ Wilf's (NYC): Absolutely stunning. This is a champion. I have been reading about how much Eric Levine has loved this wine over the last year and been itching to taste one. I managed to trade one from Ken V who bought 3 cases on release for $9 per bottle. This bottle had perfect storage and showed it tonight. It placed 2nd for the group and was my 2nd favorite as well. I usually shoot for WOTN but 2nd place will do tonight. Singing aromatics of sweet succulent fruit. Smells like the grapes were picked just yesterday. The texture and mouth feel is fleshy and full in body. Still muscular and loaded with nuances this wine is a keeper but drinking brilliantly now. For the price I would jump on it if I saw it.
A globally epic wine. The quality of fruit was astounding - deep and complex, with fully resolved tannins. This wine continued to evolve through the night after we had opened it, but featured a lot of classic Cab nose. Gorgeous wine.
Dinner with Mom and Bob at Lampreia. I was stunned when I pulled the foil on this wine, as the exposed surface of the cork was pristine. The fill was also outstanding, and the cork when it came out was just barely stained near the base, clearly the best provenance I have ever seen for a recently purchased 1982. The nose was dominated by roasted black fruit with some spicy clove and a hint of tobacco and tar. On the palate this was very tight initially, but over the course of three hours it opened up quite a bit to show pure, sweet, nearly confected fruit, very slutty and forward. I was quite amazed at how primary this bottle was compared to the 4 other times I have tasted the same wine. In particular, this bottle seemed a decade younger than I expected, barely ready to drink and still showing tons of baby fat. In fact, it was surprisingly reminiscent of the flavor profile I tasted on bottle of 2000 Léoville Poyferré recently. Awesome stuff!
Mosad @ Ran's 02-2004: No doubt this was the wine of the evening. A french delight! Amazing Sweet nose, so full bodied and red fruit concentrated, sweet tanins & a long, long finish. This is what a semi-old Bordeaux should taste like. will drink well for a decade or more. myscore: 94.
WOW!!! When poured in to decanter there was heavy barnyard in the nose. Decanted for 1/2 hour and paired with lamb tenderloin, mushroom risotto and fresh green beans. Amazing nose of candied cherries, cedar, smoke, licorice and mushrooms. On the palate there are layers upon layers of flavors; red fruits, smoke, cedar, and more. The tannins are perfectly integrated. It is like drinking liquid silk. It fills your mouth with more flavors than I can describe and melts away with a perfectly smooth medium long finish. Absolutely great. It kept getting better and better over the 2 1/2 hours the bottle lasted.
(Dinner with Clair & Paul at Union Bay Cafe.) This wine just never quits. A screaming nose of lead pencil, cedar, pie-spice, and black fruits was simply intoxicating. Gorgeous complexity, this nose was a joy all night long (2.5 hours to consume the bottle). The mid-palate on this was fat and fleshy with layers of flavor and complexity, and with time it gained a very distinct sweetness and purity. The finish was largely resolved and very long and powerful with flavors of earth and mushroom. However, unlike prior bottles, this one was a touch choppy and seemed to show some subtle signs of oxidation (caramel notes) and roughness that I have not seen from three other bottles this year. That said, this was still an extraordinary wine!
Seattle offline at Daniel's Broiler (Seattle, WA, USA): My bottle. Wow, I have had this wine three times this year, and it has given me unprecedented pleasure. This was the unanimous wine of the night. On the nose this has tobacco, earth, some clove, and a very distinct barnyard element. At first the palate is searing, but with time this gains in sweetness and fleshiness. All the while it has remarkable complexity. A long, balanced largely resolved finish caps the experience, yet there is still clearly structure there. This wine has to be at peak and is simply amazing drinking right now.
I brought a bottle to Lampreia for dinner with Suzi. Double-decanted at 6:15pm, then decanted at the restaurant at 8:15pm. This was bursting with fruit from the get-go with loads of lead-pencil. On the palate this shows cedar, and deep black fruit. The tannins are well resolved on the palate, but initially the finish is short and tight. By 8:45pm some minty, plummy notes are emerging on the nose along with some dustiness. By 9:00pm the finish is finally gaining power and filling out, and by 9:15 this wine is absolutely singing. From here my notes get quite thin: 9:45pm HOLY SHIT; 10:25pm REMARKABLE! Needless to say, the wine REALLY opened up and was glorious, just a touch less glorious than the bottle we enjoyed in NYC a couple of months earlier. This was still 97+. I am stunned by how glorious 1982 Bordeaux can be 21 years later. So much fruit, complexity and power.
What can I say but WOW! This was among the best 2-3 wine experiences of my life. I had this at Daniel in NYC with Mark Jaremko, because the sommelier insisted it had fantastic provenance and was drinking well. Cost was $390 which was a record for me, but OK, we're game...
Nice call! We had no idea at the time, but Parker's last formal review suggested this was still too tannic and needed until 2006. However, in two subsequent Hedonist Gazette articles he changed his tune a bit and suggested that the wine might be coming around. That certainly was the case for the bottle we had last night. The wine was still displaying remarkable fruit and deep color, and the tannins while still quite evident were well under control and quite silky. The wine was going gangbusters right out of the bottle and never gave any indication of doing otherwise over the next two hours. Gorgeous nose of lead pencil, plum, amazing complexity and depth. I could smell this wine for the next 20 years and be happy! Upon having his first taste Mark exclaimed:
"I think we have made a terrible mistake."
Really I asked?
"Yes he replied, we will never be happy with another bottle of wine after drinking this one..."
The finish was a tiny bit tight and dry at first, but after 20 minutes, this had filled out and the wine was giving non-stop love. In terms of ratings I feel silly getting too specific, but this was clearly 95+ points and a wine to cherish. Even more amusing is that fact that I didn't realize that I already have one in the cellar at home... ;-)
mat la sorsa of heights chateau invited me to a private client tasting of 82 bordeaux served at dinner in williamsburg. this wine was brought by the commander who has since passed on. the wine astonished us by outshining even first growth offerings. the wine showed with stellar presence that dazzled the tastebuds. it was easily the wotn. the commander, in his unassuming way smiled but quietly communicated "i told you so". how rewarding it is to see other people acknowledging the quality of this wine 15 years later.