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  1. pavel_p


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Community Tasting Notes (354) Avg Score: 95.3 points

  • 82 Margaux started off a little musty; had some damp cellars notes, but quickly blew away, revealing the fantastic juice underneath. Ripe sour cherries, cranberries, touch of pyrazine, warm cherry cake, wilted roses that is framed by bright acidity and regal poise. The fruit felt a little dry at the start but eventual panned out nicely. It's quite alive and fresh, but vs the 82 Lalande, this is more classically Bordeaux, with the stuffing, weight and rusticity to go with.

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  • Dibbs' birthday part 2: Thought it was corked initially, but it blew off so I concluded that it wasn't (thankfully). Initially had a such sweet, ripe profile and a eucalyptus note that made me think new-world, but agreed that it could have been a 1990 Bordeaux since it didn't have much greenness and the vibrancy of fruit. Once revealed to be another 1982, I thought it could only be a Margaux given the sensuality and elegance of the wine. Think the others were more enamoured by the more imposing Latour but I very much preferred the more red-fruited nature of this. More youthful and voluptuous than the '82 PLL alongside, but just had a little less magic. Two stunning '82s in the same line-up, think my life is complete. Thanks Pavel for the generous share.

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  • Same bottle as Dibbs. Had slow ox'ed the wine for about 2h before drinking. Upon opening, the cork was not tainted but on the nose this had a clear damp cellar note which did however not really carry into the palate. Was hoping the damp cellar would blow off but instead, as the wine warmed up, it became even a bit more obvious. The quality and depth of the wine was however still very much on display on the palate so decided to pour it with a disclaimer.
    We had an interesting discussion with comments ranging from corked to great, depending on individual tolerance to damp cellar. Kudos to Melvin who with some help eventually got this right as 1982 Margaux.
    I was surprised that the wine was considerably less evolved and for me also more Pauillac than the much cleaner 82 Lalande. The palate was obviously the highlight here with great weight and polish.
    Overall 93-94 for this bottle but would think a clean bottle to show more in the 95-96 area.

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  • Birthday Part 2: At first pour, the bottle's owner said it was funky and maybe not the cleanest bottle of this wine. I thought it was corked (not the most sensitive to TCA) as I didn't taste any fruit on the palate on the first sip. But over vigorous swirling in the glass, the funkiness subsided to reveal a gorgeous wine. Overall, for me, it was overshadowed by the PLL and Latour. A cleaner bottle could be life-changing as I felt it had the silkiness of the PLL combined with some of the weight of the Latour. No wonder I love Margaux the best out of any get both structure and silkiness in the same wine.

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  • 1/2 hr decant. Last of my bottles. Not quite as good as last time, but still pretty darn good. Right out of the bottle there was a nasty blast of VA which fortunately dissipated almost immediately. Very similar to a 2019 experience that also had initial VA. This had clearer blue and red fruit, tobacco leaf, and leather. In no case with any of these bottles was the wine really over the hill, but the ones with VA seem more tired and have a lot less to give. Bottle variation, what can you do?
    Score: 94. Relative to expectations: 0.

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  • By Neal Martin
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    Cellar Favorite: 1982 Château Margaux (May 2015), 5/1/2015, (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2002, IWC Issue #103, (See more on Vinous...)

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