Vieux Château Certan 1982


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Tasting Notes

Not yet fully mature, this wine reveals some amber at the edge as well as a complex, intoxicating nose of cedar, licorice, spice box, black currants, and cherries. While medium to full-bodied with sweet tannins, and beautiful concentration, it appears to me that more recent vintages are stronger and denser than the 1982. Nevertheless, it is a beauty that can be drunk now and over the next 15-16 years

Score: 93Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (183), June 2009

Bottle variation, for reasons that escape me, have plaqued all my tastings of this wine. It has hit full maturity and is certainly not one of the most profound Vieux Chateau Certans, but nevertheless a very seductive, delicious, round, and savory wine that offers notes of open wood fire intermixed with roasted herbs, dried sweet cherry fruit, and an intrigiung peppery, almost tapenade sort of nose that suggests Provence more than Bordeaux. In the mouth it is lush, succulent, and medium bodied, with outstanding concentration, low acidity, and sweet tannin. The wine may turn out to fool everybody and last another two decades, but it seems to me that, to maximize its pleasures, it should be consumed over the next decade. Anticipated maturity: now-2010. Last tasted, 11/02.

Score: 90Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

An herbaceous, cedary, spice, and fruitcake-scented bouquet jumps from the glass of this medium ruby/garnet-colored wine. More complex aromatically than on the palate, this supple, velvety-textured effort exhibits abundant glycerin, an open-knit, expansive mouth-feel, but not the depth, power, or density of the vintage's finest efforts. Fully mature, it requires consumption over the next 5-7 years.

Score: 89Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (129), June 2000

Score: 91Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (1), September 1986

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