1982 Château Branaire-Ducru
- 90 WA
- 88 WS
- 89 IWC
- 73 JR
Red Bordeaux Blend
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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 TanzerIssue: July/August 2002
Wine Spectator | Rating: 88A 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: 14Mid-crimson. Lightweight digestive biscuits. Midweight on the palate. Grainy texture and tannic end.Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 90This 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: 97Great wine. Smooth. Little tannins but with some acidity and lots of sweet fruit. ExcellentAuthor: Juan K
Self | Rating: 90still delicious though past peak. plenty of fruit,complex subflavors. smooth finish. needed to breathe for 30 minutes.Drink Dates: 2012-2104Author: dozman3
Self | Rating: 4Tawny 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
White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of and , 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 .
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 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 , , and in and . 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)