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Mouton Rothschild 1982 (5.0L)

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100 WA / 100 RP / 100 JS / 100 JD / 99 VM / 99 DE / 99 WCI / 98 FS / 98 WS / 20/20 JR

Over the last couple of years, I had inclined to the view that the 1986 vintage was eclipsing the 1982 Mouton Rothschild, but two perfectly conserved bottles this year put paid to that hypothesis. One of the emblematic wines of the vintage, offering up aromas of sweet crème de cassis, cigar wrapper, espresso roast, spices and vine smoke, it's full-bodied, broad and enveloping, with a rich core of fruit; ripe, supple tannins; and a long, expansive finish. Lavish, even flamboyant, and at the same time seriously structured and quintessentially Mouton, it encapsulates the greatness of the vintage. For readers interested in numbers, the 1982 attained 12.3% alcohol with a pH of 3.64 (that information is the result of a great personal misfortune, because I sent a sample from a tragically corked magnum to the local enology lab for analysis out of curiosity). Tasted Dec/2022.--William Kelley, The Wine Advocate

This wine remains one of the legends of Bordeaux. It has thrown off the backward, youthful style that existed during its first 25 years of life, and over the last 4-5 years has developed such secondary nuances as cedar and spice box. The creme de cassis, underlying floral note, full-bodied power, extraordinary purity, multilayered texture, and finish of over a minute are a showcase for what this Chateau accomplished in 1982. The wine is still amazingly youthful, vibrant, and pure. It appears capable of remaining fruity and vibrant in 2082! Thank God it is beginning to budge, as I would like to drink most of my supply before I kick the bucket. This is a great, still youthful wine, and, on occasion, one does understand the hierarchy of Bordeaux chateaux when you see the complexity and brilliance of this first-growth. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2050+ - Robert Parker

What an amazing red. It's so very youthful with toasted oak, light vanilla, and dark berries such as currants and blueberries. Then it turns to mint. This is so fresh and intensely fruity. It lasts for minutes on your palate with each sip. It is so powerful yet elegant. It will improve for hundreds of years. I would still leave it in my cellar for five or ten years. If you need to drink it, decant it three to four hours in advance. - James Suckling

A wine that’s singing today, the 1982 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild is one of those wines that needs to be tasted to be believed and almost has a California Cabernet-like sexiness and opulence paired with pure Bordeaux class. Still solid ruby-colored with a sensational nose of crème de cassis, lead pencil shaving, sweet tobacco, and even some flowery incense, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a multidimensional, layered texture, straight-up awesome levels of sweet fruit, and a blockbuster finish. This is Bordeaux at its most sexy and hedonistic, and it’s just a joy to drink. Given its relatively youthful vibe, I expect it to continue drinking brilliantly for another two decades and even at that point have a gradual decline. There’s no need to delay gratification though, and it’s certainly ready to go. Jeb Dunnuck

This is one of the best bottles of 1982 Mouton-Rothschild that I have drunk. Intense and lavish on the nose, this bursts with blackberries, raspberry confit, wild mint and graphite aromas, yet there is a sense of calm and refinement, perhaps less VA than some examples. The palate is medium-bodied and beautifully balanced, with some of the finest tannins that I have noticed on this Mouton Rothschild. Slightly tertiary on the finish, it builds and builds and leaves you utterly smitten. My God, dare I say it almost reminds me of L* ***r? Tasted at La Trompette in London.-Neal Martin, Vinous Media

The structure, sense of power and overall force made Mouton one of the most compelling wines of this tasting. Richer, deeper and headier than the Lafite with liquorice, tobacco, truffle, dark fruits, coffee and graphite. Full, bold, upfront, this is a big wine still with muscle and sinew clearly on show. You can feel the construction, delicately put together but building to a powerful, complete and generous whole. Still lots of life, with mouthwatering acidity, a delicious crushed stone texture and spiced edges on the finish. Winemaker at the time Michel Bosq.-Georgina Hindle, Decanter
Flamboyant, opulent and showy, this unique expression of Pauillac has hit its stride. It’s powerful, yet refined, and with its it’s non-stop display of perfectly, ripe currants, blackberries, cherry liqueur and array of Asian spices, this is a wine to marvel at its complexity, uniqueness of character, length and richness. Drink from 2023-2050.-Jeff Leve, Wine Cellar Insider, Tasted 9/23
Dark ruby, almost black core, watery rim. Wonderful blackberry confit on the nose, floral hints, spicy, fine cassis, a hint of nougat, typical Florentine touch. Perfectly balanced on the palate, elegant and pronounced in fruit, shows a firm, robust tannin core, mineral and salty, very good length, some leather, nougat and blackberries in the echo; a great wine with a perfect finish.-Falstaff, tasted 2/19
Glorious aromas. Dark ruby red. Wonderful perfumes of flowers, berry and lilac. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long and pretty finish. Balanced. Class in a glass. Just as I remember.--Bordeaux retrospective.-Wine Spectator

Sweet, round and absolutely gorgeous at this point, with a perfect level of spiciness. Just lovely now.-Jancis Robinson, tasted 4/23

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