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- Tasting Notes
One of the few top Medocs that seems to be close to full maturity, the 1982 Ducru-Beaucaillou shows a dense, almost inky, plum/garnet color, a striking nose of minerals intermixed with cedar, black currant, autumnal leaves, and spice box. The wine is chewy and opulent, particularly for a Ducru-Beaucaillou, with a lot of flesh and concentration. The tannins are still there, but are sweet, and the velvety finish is suggestive of a wine that has entered its plateau of maturity. A gorgeous effort, and certainly the best Ducru-Beaucaillou until the mid- to late nineties.
– Robert Parker Jr., Robertparker.com, Score: 94
Full ruby-red. Slightly musty aromas of currant and cigar box. Fat and full, but with an intrusive dry edge suppressing the wine fruit and verve and repeating on the finish. I’ve had a couple of better bottles of this wine, but it apparent that the cellar pollution problems that plagued this chateau between 1985 and the early ’90s were already an issue as early as ’82. (A second sample showed a more perfumed nose of cherry, cedar and earth but also a distinctly dusty character. This sample showed a bit more mid-palate sweetness, but here, too, the fruit was somewhat dried by the wine dusty character, and the finish was likewise dry-edged; I scored this sample 89.)
– Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com, Score: 87
This is a wine that I had forgotten about. It shows beautiful sweet tobacco, flowers, and currants on the nose. Its full body, silky with fine tannins. Its ready and pretty. Served from imperial bottle.
– James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com, Score: 93
This Ducru ’82 has always been a beauty. Dark ruby in color, with a slight amber edge. Very fresh and floral, with loads of berry and rose character. Medium-bodied, with a good balance of soft tannins and a caressing finish.–1982 Bordeaux horizontal. Drink now.
– James Molesworth, Winespectator.com, Score: 91