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1982 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac (high shoulder fill, depressed corks)

SKU #1532395 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark This is a tour de force, and one of the all-time great Grand-Puy-Lacostes ever produced, as I hope the 2000 and 2005 will become. This is an inky/purple, beefy, broad, super-rich Pauillac revealing classic creme de cassis notes intermixed with hints of spring flowers and crushed rocks. Full-bodied with sweet tannin, shocking concentration, and layers of fruit, this irresistible 1982 is still an adolescent in terms of its evolution. Anticipated maturity: now-2035. (RP) Inner quote mark (6/2009)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Full, deep red. Reticent aromas of plum, currant, mint and cedar. Dry, penetrating and stylish, with very primary flavors and noteworthy vinosity. Classic claret intensity and grip without any excess weight. The flavors build impressively on the firmly tannic, youthfully tough finish. This bottle was still a few years away from full maturity and should last for another 20 years. (ST) 91+ Inner quote mark (8/2002)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Rich, fully evolved fruit. But with a minerally finish too. Round and gorgeous. Complex. I wish I hadn't long ago drunk ago all 12 bottles of the case I bought en primeur. This is a 1982 over-performer. 18.5/20 points. (JR) Inner quote mark (6/2012)

K&L Notes

95 points Neal Martin: "This has always been one of the standout wines of the vintage even though it was ferociously backward for many years and only now seems to be entering its drinking plateau. This bottle is consistent with the one last year: broody fruit of blackberry, blueberry and cedar with a lifted scent of bay leaf. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins that provide this Pauillac with a rigid backbone. It is masculine, an “inward-looking” Claret, traditional in style but with wonderful depth and length on the symmetrical finish. This is an awesome, redoubtable Pauillac for hardcore claret-lovers only! Tasted November 2012." (eRobertParker.com, 1/2013)

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