Excellent deep colour and a youthful, bright, superbly preserved bouquet of cedar and restrained dark fruits, with the patina of bottle-age barely making an impression. The palate is full-bodied and elegantly proportioned, with marvellous balance and length. The tannins are supple but are still very much present in the dry aftertaste. This is a gentlemanly, dignified, savoury and classical style of Bordeaux which I dearly love. An excellent bottle of a famous wine: at 35 years it still has many years left in it.
Drink: 2017 to 2027
95 Points Robert Parker
I have had perfect bottles of this cuvee, but, perplexingly, the bottles from my cellar tend to be broodingly backward and require plenty of coaxing. This huge wine is, in many ways, just as massive as Leoville Barton, but it possesses a greater degree of elegance as well as unreal concentration. Classic lead pencil, cassis, kirsch, cedar, and spice characteristics are abundant in both the nose and full-bodied flavors. The tannins are still there, and, at least from my cellar, this 1982 does not appear to have changed much in the last 10-12 years. One wonders how much patience admirers of this brilliant St.-Julien will continue to exhibit. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2050. Release price: ($160.00/case)
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Robert M. Parker, Jr. June, 2009