Dave's 50th birthday celebration. See my note from Christmas. This bottle was very similar, except that the cork came out whole using The Durand. Still a very good wine but I think it's now starting it's gradual slide towards maturity.
The bouquet is shoe leather- all sitting rooms/libraries/dens should smell like this. Fruit is mellow but present; tannins are integrated and softly musical, the combination creating an elegant wine with pleasing mouth feel (suppose it is ample glycerin). As the wine opens up I get wet river stones and wet wool on the nose, and the fruit begins to stand out more. Indistinct red berries that meep it interesting and far from bland or without personality. Lovey wine and happy it is still drinking nicely.
Drank at the HK Club with '08 Latour and '08 Cheval Blanc. I have rarely had a bad experience with this wine and this was no exception. As you would expect the unanimous wine of the night and deservedly so. This is a spectacular '82 that in my experience is only rivaled by Latour consistently with the occasional pot shot from Pichon Lalande, Lafite and Margaux. Smooth, soft tannins coexist with sweet fruit that come together to produce a sublime mature Bordeaux experience.
NOw getting along in its life, this is still a beautiful wine. But its losing some freshness now. Did not require being opened early, except for the cork breaking all apart. But put it in another bottle and put a cork back in to keep air from affecting it. It did not improve once opened, but was still very nice with a beef tenderloin, and in fact opened into some additional flavors with the fat from the beef. Time to get on with the rest of the bottles.
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(Cheval Blanc) The 1982 had a lean nose by comparison to the first two that was very shy and dominated by wintergreen at first. Touches of roses and cherry lingered behind. The palate was great, however, and it even had a flash of meaty fruit. Elegant yet rich, long yet balanced, tender yet full, this was one of the better bottles that I’ve ever had of this wine, which has been notoriously all over the map, at least in my experiences. This bottle of ’82 had similar qualities to the ‘90 yet more in reserve, almost a nose in winter hibernation. Serena put the ’82 third in this flight of three and found it to be ‘not what you expect.’ I found this flight to be great and a bit of a photo finish
(Cheval Blanc) The 1982 Cheval Blanc was also a touch figgy but also had a kaleidoscopic smorgasboard of aromatics. Despite its gamy edge, there was a lot of complexity behind it of very sweet red fruits and a caramel glaze. With a rich and round mouthfeel and a very concentrated palate, the Cheval was long and stylish with nice minerals, yet ‘consistently disappointing,’ as Ray observed, and I do concur with that. You know expectations are high when a 95-point rating is still disappointing
(Cheval Blanc) This had an uplifitng nose of nuts, leather, exotic spice, cocoa and some berry fruit. All on a background of some wintergreen and strong minerality. As it aerated the nose really became something. Incredibly deep and complex with many layers. The palate seemed fairly resolved and ready to go. Silky, smooth with lots of exotic fruit and spice and a sick finish. Great stuff.
(Cheval Blanc.) Rudy quickly .no joy, no lucked. it, and it was a very controversial wine. Now both Rudy and I made the point of how we have had more disappointing bottles of 1982 Cheval than not, and he and Mark thought that this bottle was corked. Now I got the must at first, but I felt very able to judge the wine. With all that being said, behind that must was an intense, deep wine full of alcohol, rose, olive, wintergreen, menthol, nut, cherry, earth and leaf. The palate was rich and round with a wallop of a finish and extraordinary acids and length, and this bottle was actually one of the better that I have had, but Rudy was in disagreement