1982 Vieux Château Certan, Pomerol

SKU #950016 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Not yet fully mature, this wine reveals some amber at the edge as well as a complex, intoxicating nose of cedar, licorice, spice box, black currants, and cherries. While medium to full-bodied with sweet tannins, and beautiful concentration, it appears to me that more recent vintages are stronger and denser than the 1982. Nevertheless, it is a beauty that can be drunk now and over the next 15-16 years.  (6/2009)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good full red. Aromas of red berries, coffee and smoky oak. Then lush and smooth in the mouth, with terrific concentration and noteworthy extract. Ripe acids are in perfect harmony, giving this extremely silky wine excellent grip on the back end. At or close to its peak now, but certainly capable of lasting for another decade.  (8/2002)

91 points Wine Spectator

 A lovely and harmonious red. Beautiful cherry, floral and berry character. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and long, focused berry and milk chocolate flavors.  (11/1998)

Jancis Robinson

 Hazelnut cream flavours. Fine. Dense. Lift. Correct. A long-flavoured wine with many intriguing layers. (18.5/20 Score)  (6/2002)

K&L Notes

96 points Neil Martin: "Tasted at Pebbles/Zachy’s 1982 dinner in Hong Kong. This is the best bottle of VCC 1982 that I have encountered. The reason is that you can feel that three grape varieties all working together to create a multi-faceted Pomerol that is really coming into its own. It has a wondrous bouquet that is very savoury with meaty notes, Asian spice and a touch of bitter chocolate, all with outstanding definition. The palate follows suit with supremely expressive Cabernet Franc that lends the 1982 so much character, a part of its personality that was less pronounced a few years ago. There are lovely saddle-leather, animally notes infusing the dark berry fruit with a hint of sage and heather on the grainy finish. Maybe this VCC is improving as it enters its fourth decade? Tasted November 2012." (Wine Journal, 1/2013)

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