1982 Le Bon Pasteur, Pomerol
This is the still the best Le Bon Pasteur ever for me and it was drinking beautifully last week in Hong Kong. The Pomerol showed so much richness and sweetness in fruit with lots of dried fruit character as well as black truffles and leaf. It was full body and very velvety textured. Tangy and fresh. This was from magnum. Le Bon Pasteur was the family property of Michel Rolland, the famous international consulting enologist, until earlier this year when he sold it to a Chinese businessman. Michel says nothing has changed in the winemaking. I am curious to see if the 2010 or 2009 will turn out as great as the 1982.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The few critics that Michel Rolland still has need to taste this wine to understand a wine that was fabulous to drink young, yet at age 27 continues to perform incredibly well. A classic Pomerol, it boasts a dark garnet color with only slight lightening at the edge as well as sensational aromas of creme brulee, chocolate-covered black cherries and currants, figs, and plums, full-bodied, powerful, rich flavors, and tremendous purity, opulence, and length. I thought this 1982 would be in its grave a decade ago, but it continues to show just what great balance and length can mean in Bordeaux. It should drink well for another 10 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full, deep red. Inviting aromas of plum, brown sugar, roasted game, caramel, nutmeg and burnished oak. Sweet, lush and smooth, with the chewy, opulent texture of the vintage best examples. Offers an almost candied ripeness but maintains its shape. A large-scaled Pomerol that finishes with substantial but thoroughly ripe tannins.