Beychevelle 1982

RegionBordeaux
SubregionSt Julien
ColourRed
TypeStill


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Bordeaux1982Beychevelle

OWC, good appearance, 5 levels into neck, 1 level just below top shoulder

MG102,100.00
1,900.00
cs94 RPAdd to Basket
Bordeaux1982Beychevelle

OWC, damp affected labels, 2 levels into neck, 1 top shoulder level, cracked wax capsules

DM3102,250.00
2,000.00
cs94 RPAdd to Basket
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Tasting Notes

I have noticed serious bottle variation with this wine, but recently it has been consistently scoring in the 94-96 point range. 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.

Score: 94Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (183), June 2009

A profound Beychevelle, the slowly developing 1982 is a powerful, full-bodied, intensely concentrated wine that has revealed far greater potential for extended cellaring than I expected. It has lost all of its baby fat and those unctuously thick, forward flavors have settled down to reveal a more classic bouquet of cedar, herb, tobacco, licorice, and black currant scents, along with aromas of new saddle leather and truffles. Powerful, rich, and broad-shouldered, this brawny Beychevelle may not develop the finesse of the 1989, but it will always be a richer, more powerful wine. Anticipated maturity: now-2025. Last tasted, 11/02.

Score: 95Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

This is the finest Beychevelle produced over the last forty years. It reveals the estate's tell-tale elegance in addition to a level of density, muscle and richness that is rarely found in more recent vintages. A dense ruby/garnet colour is followed by a classy nose of black fruits, licorice, minerals, and toast. Ripe, sweet, and thick, with low acidity, medium to full body, impressive richness, light to moderate tannin and a long finish, this wine is just entering its plateau of maturity, where it should remain for 12-15 years.

Score: 92Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (129), June 2000

The 1982 Beychevelle has not developed as quickly as I had anticipated. It is an atypical Beychevelle, an estate known for the delicacy and elegance of its wines, and, lamentably, its inconsistency. The 1982 is a powerful, full-bodied, intensely concentrated wine that has revealed far greater potential for extended cellaring than I expected. It has lost some of its baby fat and those unctuously thick, forward flavors have settled down to reveal a more classic bouquet of cedar, herb, and blackcurrant scents, along with aromas of new saddle leather and truffles. Monolithic, but powerful, rich, and surprisingly backward, this is a broad-shouldered, brawny Beychevelle that may not develop as much finesse as the 1989. It will always be a richer, more powerful wine. Although approachable, I would hold it for another 2-3 years, and drink it over the subsequent 15-20 years. Along with the more forward and flattering 1989 and the backward, tannic 1986, the 1982 is one of the most impressive Beychevelles produced over recent decades. Last tasted, 9/95.

Score: 91Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

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