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1982 Beychevelle, St-Julien

SKU #950062 94 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 1982 Beychevelle is still quite young and primary from magnum, but its ultimate quality is very much in evidence. The nose is deep, ripe and sappy, as it offers up scents of black cherries, cassis, a touch of eucalyptus, smoke, nutskins, a beautiful base of soil, cigar wrappers and a floral topnote redolent of violets. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and quite big for Beychevelle, with a plush core of perfectly ripe fruit, suave, but substantial tannins, lovely nascent complexity and outstanding length and grip on the very long, pure finish. The 1982 Beychevelle is quite similar stylistically to the 1982 Figeac, which in my book, is hardly a bad thing! In magnum, this is still a fairly primary wine that needs more time in the cellar, but it may well be drinking beautifully out of regular-sized formats right now. A superb vintage of Beychevelle. Drink between 2018-2075. Inner quote mark (6/2011)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Beautifully sweet, slightly herbaceous black currant, licorice, and earthy notes emerge from this nearly opaque, dark ruby/purple-tinged 1982. Compared to the more elegant, feminine-styled wine often produced here, it is a beast. Dense, thick, rich, concentrated, and impressive, it can be drunk now and over the next two decades. (RP) Inner quote mark (6/2009)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Mid ruby and fresh-looking. This would have been made with huge yields. Sweet and grassy – almost like old-fashioned Graves on the nose. Very neat and sweet. Glossy and polished. Not very concentrated but beautifully balanced. Sinewy. Very clean finish. Dry, dusty finish developed in the glass. (JR) 17.5/20 points Inner quote mark (5/2015)

K&L Notes

92 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at Pebbles/Zachy’s 1982 dinner in Hong Kong. Every time I come back to this Saint Julien it seems to get a little better! Here, this bottle offers a gorgeous, refined bouquet of blackberry, briary, cedar and “dusty attic”. Like a few other 1982s, there is a faint animally note on the entry that might be a touch of brettanomyces, but that is nothing to worry about. It is extremely well balanced, crisp and focused with admirable tension and freshness marking the finish. I like the cohesion here, a Saint Julien that draws you in to its charms. Lovely!" (01/2013)

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