1982 Margaux

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / MARGAUX
abv 13.0%
  • 98 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 93 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 53554-1982-750-2A
  • Vinous | Rating: 96

    ($395-$788) Deep ruby-red. Boysenberry, cassis, toasty oak and bitter chocolate on the slightly dusty nose. Penetrating and powerful; quite dry but almost exotically ripe, with sappy berry flavors complicated by graphite and licorice notes. Finishes very tannic and very long, with a strongly spicy character. 94(+?). Second bottle: Medium ruby. Vibrant aromas of boysenberry, violet and licorice. Pure silk in the mouth, with great sappy verve. Hugely concentrated and compellingly sweet. Utterly spherical wine, finishing with outstanding mounting fruit.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
    Issue: July/August 2002
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    Consistently scoring between 98-100, the superb 1982 Margaux may be slightly bigger, bolder, and more masculine than vintages produced over the last 15-20 years. Its dark plum/purple color is followed by notes of melted tar intermixed with sweet cassis and floral underpinnings. Very full-bodied and dense for a Chateau Margaux, with a slight rusticity to the tannins, it boasts blockbuster power, richness, and impressive aromatics. It appears set for another 30-40 years of life.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Firm and rich. Dark ruby. Mint, mineral and currant aromas. Full-bodied, with solid and fine tannins. Better with a bit more age? Perhaps not as opulent as expected.--Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Well-coloured garnet. Initial nose is still surprisingly oaky and youthful. Under that sweet spice, there's a touch of leather and dried herbs but the sweetness persists. So silky and plenty of bright expressive sweet red fruit with a delicate leathery overlay. Very very long, and its the fruit that persists not the tannin. Spreads across the palate and extends way back like water filling every nook and cranny. (JH)
    Author: Julia Harding MW
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Tj R
  • Self | Rating: 98

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    Author: rsfj
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Delicious after 30 minutes. Drank young.
    Author: Robert S662
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Early
    Author: marv
  • Anonymous | Rating:

    High Shoulder
    Author: 1SK
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Nearly perfect Bordeaux - what else can you ask for? Complex beyond compare. Tanzer's notes are spot on. Glad I have another bottle - will enjoy soon to make sure I don't miss anything!
    Drink Dates: 2009-2020
    Author: Dale Beckes
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Obviously a special occasion wine, and it didn't let us down. Drinking perfectly now. Soft, round, somewhat giving but having a touch of graphite which kept the structure and augmented the mature, dark fruit. I can still taste it now, 2 months later, at least in my mind. A true pleasure to drink.
    Author: RDV
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Outstanding!! Wonderfully mature and complex. Yet still youthful. Soft and very elegant...a thrill a sip.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2020
    Author: Reed D
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Robert Parker 96 |An extraordinary Margaux. Certainly the 1982 has a magnificent bouquet of creamy, toasty, smoky oak and ripe berries in addition to an exotic, almost oriental spice character to the perfume that gives it great individuality. In the mouth, the wine is fabulously concentrated, rich, and extremely soft, but at the same time very tannic, although the tannins are supple even silky. The wine has a finish that must last for several minutes. Anticipated maturity: Now-2025.| Wine Spectator 95 |The '82 is sensational, with captivating vanilla, violet and fruit aromas and flavors and palate-caressing, silky tannins.| Clive Coates |Rich, exotic, flamboyantly beautiful nose. Chocolate and mulberries. Crammed with fruit. Full, fat, concentrated, still with some unresolved tannin. Very good grip.. A very lovely seductive wine and a very fine one. Excellent.| Steve Tanzer's International Wine Cellar 96 |Deep ruby-red. Boysenberry, cassis, toasty oak and bitter chocolate on the slightly dusty nose. Penetrating and powerful; quite dry but almost exotically ripe, with sappy berry flavors complicated by graphite and licorice notes. Finishes very tannic and very long, with a strongly spicy character. 94(+?). Second bottle: Medium ruby. Vibrant aromas of boysenberry, violet and licorice. Pure silk in the mouth, with great sappy verve. Hugely concentrated and compellingly sweet. Utterly spherical wine, finishing with outstanding mounting fruit. Drink now to 2030.| James Suckling 96 This shows lovely black currant and blueberry with some herbs on the nose. It's full-bodied, with velvety and refined tannins. It turns a little dry on the finish, with a little air. Just right for the moment. Fabulous wine but not genius. 95 points, non-blind. Sept, 2009 eRobert Parker Hedonist's Gazette Consistently scoring between 98-100, the superb 1982 Margaux may be slightly bigger, bolder, and more masculine than vintages produced over the last 15-20 years. Its dark plum/purple color is followed by notes of melted tar intermixed with sweet cassis and floral underpinnings. Very full-bodied and dense for a Chƒteau Margaux, with a slight rusticity to the tannins, it boasts blockbuster power, richness, and impressive aromatics. It appears set for another 30-40 years of life. April 2009
    Drink Dates: 2010-2030
    Author: Kent D664
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Very concentrated. A slight edge of something metallic at the back, the only detraction I could find. Nose had a little of everything: a lot of spice, some stone, a hint of tobacco and florals. Elegant on the palate, no rough edges in terms of tannin or alcohol. Fully mature but in no danger of fading.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2030
    Author: John Yoyodyne
Chateau Margaux is one of the five First Growths ranked in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. The neo-Palladian style chateau was built in the 18th century by architect Louis Combes for the Marquis de la Colonilla. Chateau Margaux has been well regarded in history and stands among Thomas Jefferson's favorite chateaux. Since 1977, the estate has been directed by the Mentzelopoulos family with winemaking team director Paul Pontallier, cellar master Jean Grangerou and consulting oenologist Emile Peynaud. The vineyards are primarily Cabernet Sauvignon (75%), with the balance composed of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. In addition to the chateau's grand vin, the estate produces a second label called Pavillon Rouge de Chateau Margaux and Pavillon Blanc de Chateau Margaux, a white made from Sauvignon Blanc. Chateau Margaux's finest vintages include 1900, 1928, 1953, 1961, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1990, 1996, 2000, 2003, and 2005.

Margaux is often considered the most "feminine" of the First Growths. It is sensuous with fine tannins that give it a sense of clarity. The wine has dark berry aromas such as boysenberry or blackberries. The bouquet is characterized by ripe black currants, spicy vanilla and violets. A strong minerality is often found in the lengthy finish.

Chateau Margaux, featured in The World of Fine Wine: Chateau Margaux A Deux

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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

  • 3022 bottles owned
  • 501 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 97
    (Out of 501 collectors)