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1982 Château Haut-Brion

  • 95 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 96 IWC
  • 95 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 51621-1982

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

    ($329-$450) Good medium amber-edge red. Flamboyant aromas of smoked meat, leather, truffle and burnished oak. Intensely flavored and penetrating, with strong acids giving the flavors terrific cut and grip. I get an impression of strong cabernet tannins. Drink now through 2020. 94. My second bottle showed even more extravagantly expressive aromas of hot stones, tobacco, minerals and marzipan; a denser, silkier palate impression, with more obvious roasted Graves character; and an uncanny combination of sheer sweetness with structure and grip. I rated this wine even higher.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2002
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    Dark ruby red. Tobacco, roasted coffee and light raisin. Full-bodied, with soft and silky tannins and a long finish. I have always loved this wine.--Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    I know Jean Delmas, whom I respect as one of the world's greatest wine producers, has always thought the 1982 Haut Brion was similar to the 1959, but I have yet to see that. It seems to me the 1989 is closer to the 1959, another perfect wine and one of the all-time great Haut Brions. While the 1982 is a beauty, it has never hit the highest notes this vintage or terroir can achieve. Complex aromatics of scorched earth, smoked herbs, and sweet red and black currants are followed by a full-bodied, silky-textured wine, but I have never felt this offering has possessed the concentration, texture, or multidimensional personality found in such vintages as 1989, 1990, and more recent years. Nevertheless, this is essentially splitting hairs as the 1982 remains a superb Haut Brion. Seemingly less evolved than the 1990, it is capable of another 20-30 years of longevity. Perhaps there is something in reserve that will reveal itself in the next decade.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 19

    Soft-edged garnet with a light orangey cast - barely. Remarkably perfumed - vanilla and spice and cedary dried herbs and something floral like lavender. So fragrant. Much denser and firmer on the palate than I expected, still a little grainy though fine grained. Rich but elegant, so finely balanced but surprising power and masculine energy giving fabulous length. (JH)
    Author: Julia Harding MW
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    Author: 1SK
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Blackberries, currents, and plums. A hint of smoke. Definite minerarility, especially graphite. Heavy tannins for a long smooth finish.
    Author: VinoDeparture
  • Self | Rating:

    cooked in pieces a mess
    Author: Augie
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Drank with good friends over grilled steaks. Delicious! Interestingly, unlike many vintage Bordeauxs which evolve throughout the tasting, this bottle retained its same meaty, spicy flavor for a couple of hours.
    Author: cuje
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: marv
  • Self | Rating: 99

    excellent fruit, cedar, graphite,,unbelievably long finish
    Author: Tj R
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Ruby in color. Low rim variation. Slow legs. Mineral, Smokey, Black currant (cassis). Blackberry. Full bodied. Medium/Full bodied. Smooth texture. Long finish. This is a terrific wine but young. The 79 is currently drinking better, but this will be gorgeous in 5 years
    Drink Dates: 2013+
    Author: Ricknat1
  • Self | Rating: 92

    this just got better and better as the night went on. At first i was disappointed in the wine, the nose was stunning, but the body was lacking. Yet, it got better. And better. Still, i think that this is a wine that t=needs to be drunk now.
    Drink Dates: 2016
    Author: Jundt and Maritz wine
Since its founding in 1525, Chateau Haut-Brion has passed between many illustrious owners, including admirals, archbishops, and mayors of Bordeaux. In recent years, the estate has come under the ownership of Clarence Douglas Dillon, Ambassador of the United States in Paris and Minister of Finance under President John F. Kennedy, making it the only American-owned First Growth property. Currently, Dillon's granddaughter, the Duchesse de Mouchy, oversees Haut-Brion, among many others, under the public limited company of "Domaine Clarence Dillon."

Chateau Haut-Brion is also the only First Growth property from the 1855 Classification that lies outside of the Medoc and Sauternes. Located in Pessac, within the Graves region, just one mile from the city of Bordeaux, the wine of Chateau Haut-Brion is highly sought-after, landing it among the most expensive and prestigious wines in France. The estate vineyards, dominated by gravel and clay, are planted to both red and white varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc; and Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Haut-Brion is characterized by earthy scents, ripe fruit, tobacco and mineral, revealing aromas of chocolate and smoke and creating an elegant and harmonious wine that is highly structured, allowing it to age seamlessly.

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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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 2021 bottles owned
  • 408 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 408 collectors)