Bordeaux wines from 1982 are often still drinking great.  While one might think a wine such as this might be over the hill, that is not true.  At least for this bottle.  It still has some youthful freshness.  It is 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  No real bricking or browning.  On the nose there is cassis, dust, slight cigar box and hints of cherry.  On the palate, this has lively energy.  Cassis and cherries with some underlying dried herbal notes.  Not a big wine.  Some depth and slight layering.  Nice finish.  I doubt it gets better from here but easily should have another five years before showing age and another decade of good drinking after that.  This bottle had been bought on release and stored well.  It went well with Indian food and would go well with stews, casseroles and well cooked dishes.   

Grade: 
A
Score: 
93
Vintage: 
1982

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