Bordeaux 1983: Tasting in 2005

Five years on from from my last inspection of this vintage and it was time for another look. As with my last tasting in late 2000, this was a small sample – just nine wines – but once again they were a well-chosen bunch, with a strong showing from the super-seconds. These included two of the Léoville estates, Château Léoville-Poyferré and Château Léoville-Las-Cases, and from the same commune Château Ducru-Beaucaillou. The wine that stole the show, however, previously overshadowed only by Château Latour and Château Lafite-Rothschild, was Château Pichon-Lalande.

Bordeaux 1983

One disappointment in the tasting was Château du Tertre, a wine which had shown very well in 2000, perhaps indicative of the quality of the vintage for Margaux, but which seemed very tired and over-the-hill here. Château Lascombes was also unimpressive, but this was perhaps less noteworthy considering this estate was, at the time, a long-term under-performer.

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