This wine has leafy, herbal notes of classic Cabernet Sauvignon with a hint of sweet dried berries from the ripe 1982 vintage. A mature, well-aged Beychevelle made in the 'old school' style with herbal rather than fruity notes. Saint-Julien is a small but important appellation of the Haut-Medoc district of Bordeaux in south-western France. Its reputation is based on its status as a reliable source of consistently elegant, age-worthy wines.
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 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) (6/2009).
Jancis Robinson 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. 17.5/20 points (5/2015).
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Full medium ruby. Highly perfumed aromas of sour cherry candy, currant syrup, violet and minerals. Thick and rich, but a bit unyielding owing to its solid spine of acidity. Still rather youthfully austere on the finish. (ST) (7/2002)
Wine Spectator Dark ruby-garnet in color, with plenty of roses and ripe fruit on the nose. Medium- to full-bodied, with lots of silky tannins. Almost dry on the finish, but finely textured. (JS) (11/1998).
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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