Mouton Rothschild 1982
Tasting Notes and Scores
This wine remains one of the legends of Bordeaux. It has thrown off the backward, youthful style that existed during its first 25 years of life, and over the last 4-5 years has developed such secondary nuances as cedar and spice box. The creme de cassis, underlying floral note, full-bodied power, extraordinary purity, multilayered texture, and finish of over a minute are a showcase for what this Chateau accomplished in 1982. The wine is still amazingly youthful, vibrant, and pure. It appears capable of remaining fruity and vibrant in 2082! Thank God it is beginning to budge, as I would like to drink most of my supply before I kick the bucket. This is a great, still youthful wine, and, on occasion, one does understand the hierarchy of Bordeaux chateaux when you see the complexity and brilliance of this first-growth. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2050+
The 1982 Mouton Rothschild put in a very creditable performance since over the years I have found this more variable than other First Growths, albeit one that can flirt with perfection when inclined. This is an extremely good and I feel, representative bottle. It is less flamboyant, more controlled, less ostentatious than some examples, revealing very perfumed blackberry, Hoi Sin, graphite and cassis notes, over the course of 30-40 minutes intriguingly developing Graves-like tendencies. I always love the way in which the ’82 Mouton just blossoms from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied and whilst more voluptuous than nearly all 1982s, it has perfect acidity to keep everything in check and those who appreciate a little viscosity will find themselves under its spell. Hints of crème de menthe develop on the luxuriant finish. The ’82 Mouton is a little garish, a nobleman-cum-bon viveur inappropriately attired in a loud Hawaiian shirt who compensates what they lack in subtlety with unalloyed chutzpah. Tasted at the International Business & Wine First Growth Dinner at the Four Seasons.
What an amazing red. It's so very youthful with toasted oak, light vanilla, and dark berries such as currants and blueberries. Then it turns to mint. This is so fresh and intensely fruity. It lasts for minutes on your palate with each sip. It is so powerful yet elegant. It will improve for hundreds of years. I would still leave it in my cellar for five or ten years. If you need to drink it, decant it three to four hours in advance.