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1982 Haut-Brion Bordeaux Blend - France - Bordeaux - Pessac Leognan - Red - First Growth

France - Bordeaux - Pessac Leognan

Red Bordeaux Blend - First Growth
Producer Notes

Since its founding in 1525, Chateau Haut-Brion has passed between many illustrious owners, including admirals, archbishops, and mayors of Bordeaux. In recent years, the estate has come under the ownership of Clarence Douglas Dillon, Ambassador of the United States in Paris and Minister of Finance under President John F. Kennedy, making it the only American-owned First Growth property. Currently,... More »

Score
96
JR 19
WA 95
IWC 96
WS 95
Drink Dates
Comm: 2013-2013 WA: 2009-2035 WS: 2001+
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IWC 96
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 103

($329-$450) Good medium amber-edge red. Flamboyant aromas of smoked meat, leather, truffle and burnished oak. Intensely flavored and penetrating, with strong acids giving the flavors terrific cut and grip. I get an impression of strong cabernet tannins. Drink now through 2020. 94. My second bottle showed even more extravagantly expressive aromas of hot stones, tobacco, minerals and marzipan; a denser, silkier palate impression, with more obvious roasted Graves character; and an uncanny combination of sheer sweetness with structure and grip. I rated this wine even higher.

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JR 19
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 1992-2022

Soft-edged garnet with a light orangey cast – barely. Remarkably perfumed – vanilla and spice and cedary dried herbs and something floral like lavender. So fragrant. Much denser and firmer on the palate than I expected, still a little grainy though fine grained. Rich but elegant, so finely balanced but surprising power and masculine energy giving fabulous length. (JH)

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WA 95
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 183
Drink Dates 2009-2035

I know Jean Delmas, whom I respect as one of the world's greatest wine producers, has always thought the 1982 Haut Brion was similar to the 1959, but I have yet to see that. It seems to me the 1989 is closer to the 1959, another perfect wine and one of the all-time great Haut Brions. While the 1982 is a beauty, it has never hit the highest notes this vintage or terroir can achieve. Complex aromatics of scorched earth, smoked herbs, and sweet red and black currants are followed by a full-bodied, silky-textured wine, but I have never felt this offering has possessed the concentration, texture, or multidimensional personality found in such vintages as 1989, 1990, and more recent years. Nevertheless, this is essentially splitting hairs as the 1982 remains a superb Haut Brion. Seemingly less evolved than the 1990, it is capable of another 20-30 years of longevity. Perhaps there is something in reserve that will reveal itself in the next decade.

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WS 95
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2001+

Dark ruby red. Tobacco, roasted coffee and light raisin. Full-bodied, with soft and silky tannins and a long finish. I have always loved this wine.--Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now.

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Author marv
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.554%
Tasted On 06/25/2014

Early

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Author VinoDeparture
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.459%
Tasted On 02/05/2011

Blackberries, currents, and plums. A hint of smoke. Definite minerarility, especially graphite. Heavy tannins for a long smooth finish.

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Author Anon
Site / Blog Trust Rating 97.436%
Tasted On 08/19/2010

5cm

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Author cuje
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 77.778%
Tasted On 06/26/2010

Drank with good friends over grilled steaks. Delicious! Interestingly, unlike many vintage Bordeauxs which evolve throughout the tasting, this bottle retained its same meaty, spicy flavor for a couple of hours.

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Author Tj R
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.292%
Tasted On 10/31/2009

excellent fruit, cedar, graphite,,unbelievably long finish

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Author Augie
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 32.258%
Tasted On 11/20/2008

cooked in pieces a mess

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Author Ricknat1
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.332%
Tasted On 08/03/2008
Drink Dates 2013+

Ruby in color. Low rim variation. Slow legs. Mineral, Smokey, Black currant (cassis). Blackberry. Full bodied. Medium/Full bodied. Smooth texture. Long finish. This is a terrific wine but young. The 79 is currently drinking better, but this will be gorgeous in 5 years

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