1982 Ch. Mouton Rothschild – this had a lighter colour than the last one I tasted, a medium garnet, but it showed a good typical nose of vanilla, cassis, cedar and spice, outgoing and very enticing. On palate it still exhibits considerable soft tannin, and a slight not unpleasant astringency, and excellent length. Had my note stopped there, it would have been a good showing as expected of this wine. Unfortunately, over 30-40 minutes, I observed the fruit abating and the tannins becoming much harder and the wine was drying out at the end. I haven’t had enough of this recently to suggest whether this was a result of a single bottle issue, or was representative of the general condition of this wine.
The people saying this is getting to old are either daft or have heat damaged wine. This is an infant and will develop for a couple of decades from now. While enjoyable now, it is nowhere near ready for prime time.