1982 Château La Mission Haut-Brion
- 100 WA
- 94 WS
- 95 IWC
- 90 JR
Red Bordeaux Blend
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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95($295-$375) Good full medium red. Exotic yet lively aromas of roasted plum, marzipan and grilled nuts. Wonderfully dense but sappy, with grip of steel. Finishes powerfully tannic and extremely long, still with a touch of youthful austerity. A very impressive showing. (My second bottle was equally impressive but came across as even more backward and dominated by its structure.)Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: July/August 2002
Wine Advocate | Rating: 100A monumental wine, this historic La Mission-Haut-Brion was the last vintage made by the descendants of the Woltner family, who had owned this estate for decades prior to selling it to their neighbors, the Dillon family (the American owners of cross-street rival, Chateau Haut-Brion). The 1982 admirably demonstrates the magnificence of La Mission as well as the singularity of this amazing terroir. I had the good fortune of tasting it from barrel (where it was an enormous Graves fruit bomb) and watching it develop more nuances in bottle. At age 30, it remains a majestic, multidimensional, profound Bordeaux with another 20-30+ years of life ahead of it. It's no secret that the great vintages of Bordeaux have levels of fruit extract and depth that go beyond other years. It is this fruit, often referred to as |fat| or |concentration,| that takes decades to dissipate and fade. As it does so, the extraordinary aromatic expression of the terroir asserts itself. Remarkably, the 1982 is still in late adolescence and has not yet reached its peak. Early in my career, much of my reputation was established on calling this vintage correctly, but I never in my wildest dreams thought the 1982s would mature as slowly and last as long as some seem capable of doing. One of the handful of perfect wines of the vintage, the La Mission still possesses a remarkably dense ruby/purple color with only a slight garnet and lightening at the edge. The fruit-dominated aromatics reveal lots of cassis, blueberry, scorched earth, black truffle, incense, graphite and high-class, unsmoked cigar tobacco-like notes. Still exhibiting remarkable concentration, enormous body, silky sweet tannin, and no perceptible acidity, the 1982 remains fresh, delineated and super-compelling. A massive La Mission made by the Dewravin family and their winemakers, all of whom were dismissed the following year when the estate was acquired by Haut-Brion, this modern day legend shows no signs of decline. In fact, it may not have yet reached its peak. Anticipated maturity: now-2060+.Author: Robert Parker
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18Dark crimson. Firm and confident. Rich nose and still youthful. But on the palate it was almost raw. This was not the greatest bottle - or perhaps it will evolve a bit more.Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Spectator | Rating: 94Slightly rustic, but firm and youthful. Dark ruby color. Beautiful aromas of berries and stones, with a hint of black truffles. Medium- to full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, spicy-stony finish.--1982 Bordeaux horizontal.Author: James Suckling
Self | Rating: 100Author: dave1161
Self | Rating: 100Drink Dates: 2007-2040Author: gm
Self | Rating: 100Author: rdalehite
Self | Rating: 97Author: gotwine
Self | Rating: 92Consumed at Bashan. Disappointed, although most likely was a improperly stored bottle even though no signs of seepage or cork failure. Tasted kind of flat and closed during the whole meal. Good thing I still have a 1989 to try.Author: johnswu
Founded in the 17th century, this property has long enjoyed renown and respect. In 1919, the Woltner family acquired the estate and set it on the road to stardom. Frederic Woltner, and then later his son Henri, shaped the dense, full-bodied, fruit-rich character that was to become this chateau's signature. Then, in 1983, amidst family bickering and financial woes, the chateau was purchased by Haut-Brion (Domaine de Clarence Dillon S.A.) and Jean Delmas was placed at the winemaking helm. Considered one of Bordeaux's greatest wines, Mission Haut-Brion, with patience, provides a sumptuous and lengthy tasting experience. La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion is the estate's second wine.
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 1503 bottles owned
- 272 collectors
- Average collector rating: 98
(Out of 272 collectors)