Château Margaux 1982
This is easily up there with the best wines of the tasting.
The nose is complexity and subtlety personified. Again a smoky edge to the aromatics, this time violet-edged, and a beautiful sense of a wine stretching out endlessly before you.
This is still young, and it’s hard not to fall in love with a wine that can do this to you – the tannins and fruit structure are rich and fairly tight, with bilberries, truffles and a gentle zing of minerality. Still holding itself in line, not giving away all its secrets even now.
A beautifully-made wine at its perfect moment that you just don’t want to let go of.
Incidentally (remember we tasted these blind), Margaux owner Corinne Mentzelopoulos recently told me that the 1982 had overtaken the 1983 as her favourite vintage. On this showing, I have to agree.
A perfect example of Emile Peynaud’s belief that wines don’t have to rippling with muscles in their youth to age well.
Taster Jane Anson
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