Bordeaux 1982: Tasting in 2004
As noted in my review of the vintage, 1982 was an exceptional year for the region. On tasting the wines now, two decades on, it seems clear to me that the wines reflect this. This tasting was a small one, looking at just a dozen or so wines, and thus it was too small to make any definitive judgement of my own. Nevertheless, it showed that many of the left bank wines have matured admirably, and are now giving plenty of pleasure.
They are just a couple of years into their third decade, and yet it seems in a number of cases that they still have much more to give. Meanwhile, wines from the right bank that would now be dead in lesser vintages are drinking beautifully, as illustrated in my previous tasting of wines from this vintage.