1982 Figeac, St-Emilion
This is a wine that has been maligned over the years by a number of critics but I could never understand why. Perhaps there is a some bottle inconsistency? I drank a bottle last week in Shanghai at Fook Lam Moon restaurant with some friends and my girlfriend and it was wonderful, with dark chocolate, mushrooms and black truffle character that turned to dried fruits such as light prunes. It's full-bodied with amazing decadent fruit and a dense palate. Soft textured, long and delicious. So rich and gorgeous. Drink or hold. It was excellent with the roasted chicken done in a Peking duck style.
A big and velvety red. Dark garnet color, with a black center and an amber edge. Cherry, dark chocolate and earth. Full-bodied and very velvety, with tobacco, chocolate and berry flavors. Good tannin structure. (JS)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium red with an amber edge. Highly nuanced nose combines red- and blackcurrant, mocha, dried herbs, olive, truffle and underbrush. Very dense and sweet, but with terrific penetration and verve thanks to firm, harmonious acidity. Finishes with broad, ripe tannins and superb length. This bottle came across as young and still evolving. Drink now through 2020. 92+ Points
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tasted at the Château Figeac vertical at the property. The 1982 Figeac appears to have dipped in form over the last few years and certainly here, compared directly against the 1989 and 1990, it does not quite offer the same fruit intensity or joie-de-vivre. It feels more diffuse on the nose, perhaps more herbaceous, a facet that I cannot remember on older bottles of 1982 that I tasted. The palate is medium-bodied, atypically austere for a 1982, but with impressive length. It is like a Saint Emilion that has forgotten how to have fun in some ways. It is better than the bottle encountered in 2013...(NM)
Chocolatey, concentrated bouquet. Powerful and quite balanced palate showing elegance of terroir. Pretty classic.
Dark ruby. So complex, layered, rich and spicy. More complete than the 1989 and 1990 vintages in this tasting. Fresh finish. No dried fruit on the finish. Very complete and fine. Zest and ripeness. Approachable but not yet fully evolved. A very good bottle (compared with the same wine tasted at Taillevent restaurant in Paris recently). 19.5/20 Points