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1982 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac (high shoulder fill)

SKU #1364566 100 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark A wine that’s singing today, the 1982 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild is one of those wines that needs to be tasted to be believed. It almost has a California Cabernet-like sexiness and opulence paired with pure Bordeaux class. Still solid ruby-colored, with a sensational nose of crème de cassis, lead pencil shaving, sweet tobacco, and even some flowery incense, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a multidimensional, layered texture, straight-up awesome levels of sweet fruit, and a blockbuster finish. This is Bordeaux at its most sexy and hedonistic, and it’s just a joy to drink. Given its relatively youthful vibe, I expect it to continue drinking brilliantly for another two decades and even at that point have a gradual decline. There’s no need to delay gratification though, and it’s certainly ready to go. Inner quote mark (6/2019)

100 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark What an amazing red. It's so very youthful with toasted oak, light vanilla, and dark berries such as currants and blueberries. Then it turns to mint. This is so fresh and intensely fruity. It lasts for minutes on your palate with each sip. It is so powerful yet elegant. It will improve for hundreds of years. I would still leave it in my cellar for five or ten years. If you need to drink it, decant it three to four hours in advance. Inner quote mark (12/2010)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark This wine remains one of the legends of Bordeaux. It has thrown off the backward, youthful style that existed during its first 25 years of life, and over the last 4-5 years has developed such secondary nuances as cedar and spice box. The creme de cassis, underlying floral note, full-bodied power, extraordinary purity, multilayered texture, and finish of over a minute are a showcase for what this Chateau accomplished in 1982. The wine is still amazingly youthful, vibrant, and pure. It appears capable of remaining fruity and vibrant in 2082! Thank God it is beginning to budge, as I would like to drink most of my supply before I kick the bucket. This is a great, still youthful wine, and, on occasion, one does understand the hierarchy of Bordeaux chateaux when you see the complexity and brilliance of this first-growth.(RP) Inner quote mark (6/2009)

98 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 1982 Mouton-Rothschild continues to be the extravagant Pauillac that it has always been. This has an irresistible, exotic bouquet of precocious kirsch, hoisin, graphite and blueberry scents that gain intensity in the glass. The palate is a little headier than previous bottles, sensual and almost glossy, presenting a glycerin-rich smorgasbord of dark cherries, black currant, crème de menthe and mint that almost knocks you off your feet. Fabulous. Tasted from an ex-château jeroboam at the Palace of Versailles charity dinner. (NM) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

98 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Glorious aromas. Dark ruby red. Wonderful perfumes of flowers, berry and lilac. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long and pretty finish. Balanced. Class in a glass. Just as I remember. (JS) Inner quote mark (6/2001)

97 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Rich and deep in colour, this has a stunning intensity on the first nose. On the palate, there is the slight iodine edge of an older Cabernet Sauvignon, set against soft brambly fruits, smoky cedar and black truffles. Soft structure but the architecture of this wine is still very much in play, building in power as it works through your palate, setting your taste buds tingling with the gentlest of tannins. Again this is a classic, superlative example of how Pauillac can age. As it uncurls in the glass, the rich smoke on the nose is just beautifully seductive, but the palate softens just a touch quicker than some of the others in this line-up. (JA) Inner quote mark

John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 1982 vintage of Mouton-Rothschild is the single finest wine I have tasted from this property since the twin titans of 1959 and 1961, and it is every bit as stunning as its reputation. To my palate, it towers above the equally praised, but nowhere near as serious, 1986 Mouton. The wine is deep, complex, and beautifully balanced, with the classic Mouton spice and red fruit elements presented in a rock solid and plush style that is truly magical. The wine has always been beautifully structured and built for the long haul, and it was not ready for primetime drinking on any previous occasion when I drank the wine, but I have never had any doubts about its potential greatness when it was fully ready to drink. Based on my experience with this wine back in the day, I would fully expect it to be in a similar stage of evolution to Latour and starting to finally drink in its plateau of maturity, but with decades and decades of life still ahead of it. Inner quote mark (1/2020)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark This wine with a little hint of brown in the hue was extremely sweet and opulent but seemed more evolved and very slightly less focused than the Latour. The acidity and sweetness seem in danger of detaching themselves from each other. There's the leathery note – verging towards 'old ladies' handbag', as someone once described the nose of Mouton. It would probably have shown even better if there had been no Latour 1982 with its extra freshness and potential alongside. It was certainly a treat. 18.5/20 points (JR) Inner quote mark (9/2020)

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