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1982 Château Branaire-Ducru

  • 90 WA
  • 88 WS
  • 89 IWC
  • 73 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 78174-1982-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

    ($100) Full red-ruby. Aromas of cherry, leather and meat, with dusty and minty nuances. Then surprisingly sweet and silky in the mouth; classic dry-but-sweet claret flavors framed by firm acids and solid, ripe tannins. Not fat but certainly palate-coating and long. This got better and better with aeration.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2002
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    A big, traditional-style red. Ruby-garnet in color, with chestnut, berry and truffle aromas. Full-bodied and very concentrated, with velvety tannins and lots of mushroom and earth flavors. Slightly dry.--1982 Bordeaux horizontal. Drink now.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 14

    Mid-crimson. Lightweight digestive biscuits. Midweight on the palate. Grainy texture and tannic end.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    This is an elegant 1982, with blueberry, raspberry, mineral, and spicy oak aromas in the moderately intense, polite bouquet. The color is a healthy dark ruby with no lightening or amber. The wine exhibits firmness in the mouth as well as good flesh, a sweet, ripe entry, medium body, and impressive elegance and length. Not a blockbuster such as Gruaud-Larose, Leoville-Las-Cases, Leoville-Barton, and Leoville-Poyferre, this youthful, vibrant 1982 is a model of symmetry and finesse.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Great wine. Smooth. Little tannins but with some acidity and lots of sweet fruit. Excellent
    Author: Juan K
  • Self | Rating: 90

    still delicious though past peak. plenty of fruit,complex subflavors. smooth finish. needed to breathe for 30 minutes.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2104
    Author: dozman3
  • Self | Rating: 4

    Tawny rim showing age. Nice powerful nose but a little bit less than the 1982 Haut Bages Liberal opened earlier. Some sediment and was decanted for less than 30 minutes. Beautiful wine and drinking quite well. Nice acid and well rounded. Good nice finish though not remarkably long. Given the acid, appears that it should drink well for a little while longer.
    Author: Ad Libitum
Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and come in a range of dry and sweet styles. Sémillon contributes body while Sauvignon Blanc adds high acidity, a characteristic that is particularly important in the sweet wines of Bordeaux.

Sauternes is one of the world’s most prestigious regions for sweet wine production, made possible by Sémillon’s affinity for noble rot. Wines from world-renowned Château d’Yquem are fermented and matured in new oak for up to three years and can age for decades in bottle. These wines display complex aromas of melon, honey, apricot, citrus peel, mango, and butterscotch and develop added complexity and aromas with age.

The best dry wines from this blend come from producers such as Château Haut-Brion, Château Pape Clément, and Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Léognan and Graves. These wines are typically fermented and matured in new oak and display a full-bodied richness with concentrated nutty flavors overlaying the fruit.

Due to its freshness and flavor profile, dry white Bordeaux blends pair well with almost any white food, including all types of fish, poultry, veal, and pork. The sweet wines of Bordeaux pair well with foie gras, oysters, blue cheese, spicy food (particularly Asian cuisines), any dish with sweet notes, and of course, dessert.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 598 bottles owned
  • 120 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 120 collectors)