1982 Branaire-Ducru 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


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.

Drink Dates: 2000-2015
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 129

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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: Issue 103

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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.

Drink Dates: 1998+
Author: James Suckling


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 97
Author: Juan K
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 12/07/2013
Great wine. Smooth. Little tannins but with some acidity and lots of sweet fruit. Excellent

Rating: 90
Author: dozman3
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/16/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2104
still delicious though past peak. plenty of fruit,complex subflavors. smooth finish. needed to breathe for 30 minutes.

Rating: 90
Author: Ad Libitum
Tasted On: 07/19/2009
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.

Average rating: 85, based on 6 reviews
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657 bottles owned by 211 collectors.

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Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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