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  • Country ranking ?

    793
  • Producer ranking ?

    17
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2050
  • Food Pairing

    hearty Mediterranean food

The Story

Since the 17th Century, the first wine of Château Margaux has been recognised as being one of the greatest wines in the entire world. It owes its unique qualities to the genius of its terroir as well as to the passionate work of a succession of generations. It’s a remarkable wine that comes from a combination of characteristics that are only rarely found: finesse, elegance, complexity, density, intensity, length and freshness. Although its tannic concentration may be exceptional, it’s rare to detect astringency.  

The great vintages are distinguished by their formidable ability to move us. The lesser vintages give pleasure to wise enthusiasts. They offer the advantage of evolving very rapidly and, reveal, after a few years, instead of power, this subtlety that is the prerogative of great terroirs.  Château Margaux has an extraordinary ability to evolve. Over the years, it has developed a finesse, an aromatic complexity and a remarkable presence on the palate.

Château Margaux has sought to achieve excellence in its wines for over 400 years now through painstaking and necessarily long studies of its terroir, through a constant desire to learn and innovate, by remaining sensitive to demanding markets, and above all through a passionate commitment that has been shared by the families that have succeeded each other at the estate. At the end of the 17th century, it became part of the nascent elite “First Growths” – long before being established officially by the Classification of 1855. Since then, Château Margaux has known fame and fortune, seeing by experience how ephemeral both are.

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Vintage 1982

This 1982 vintage heralded a new era of perhaps unprecedented prosperity for Bordeaux, thanks to a run of extraordinary vintages and the opening up of international markets, the first of which was the United States, together with the Japanese market which was of no small importance. To find a previous vintage of comparable quality, we have to go back to 1961. The 1982 vintage can therefore be considered as the first representative of a new generation of wines which are enjoyable to drink in their youth but which lose none of their ability to age a long time

Weather
Throughout the whole year, the weather conditions were very favourable for the vines and for the ripening of the grapes. After an early flowering, the summer was particularly hot, especially in July and during the first two weeks of September. The grapes reached outstanding ripeness levels with, among other feats, a record concentration in sugar. (The picking began 20th September)


 

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

42 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Full, Ruby red and Healthy

ending

Long, Pure and Lingering

flavors

Blackcurrant, Cigar-box, Coffee, Toasty, Cedar and Perfumed

nose

Intense, Refined, Complex and Seductive

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Medium tannin, Complex, Balanced, Good texture, Developing, Medium-bodied, Sharp, Elegant, Focused, Vigor, Dry and Silky tannins

Verdict

Intelligent and Fine

Written Notes

We transitioned to the remaining four First Growths in the next flight, beginning with a phenomenal bottle of 1982 Margaux (sourced from Chateau). The Margaux had a pungent nose, and its t ‘n a jumped out at first. It also had cinnamon, iron, rock and gorgeous perfume. It was ‘beyond licorice’ according to Dan, and Australian John admired its ‘cherry liqueur.’ The palate was rocky without the horror but with the picture show, ‘not its usual feminine self,’ Ray observed. Though spiny and long, the Margaux was still stylish with a touch of that Maraux elegance. This was a great bottle of this wine, and it ended up being wine of the flight
  • 97p
Fine-looking magnum. Decanted for two hours. We were very impressed when we first tasted this wine almost 15 years ago. Since then we have been just as impressed every time we have tasted it. This, the most recent magnum tasted, makes us feel even more impressed, for the wine is truly hitting its peak now. Every bit as full-bodied and vigorous as we recall from earlier tastings. Well-balanced and full of meaning. Still remarkably young and intense, displaying the depth and extract of this fine vintage and this eminent property. A solid wine with generous flavours of black fruits, coffee, cedar wood, and cigar leaf. A long, bit sweet and elegant finish that goes on and on alluring the palate. A reliable choice.
  • 97p

A great wine in a great vintage. Dark garnet red colour. Excellent nose with hints of mild spices, slightly balmy character, freshly grated dark chocolate, with fine Margaux fragrance of almost floral style. On the palate fine and persistent, with good tannin structure, great depth, excellent freshness although an opulent touch in the finish.

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Information

Origin

Margaux, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Satisfactory

Investment potential

Very Good

Inside Information

Bordeaux Book, 4th Edition 
Jan 2003
Robert M. Parker, Jr. 98+ Drink: 2003 - 2035 $424-$2431
At one time I thought the 1983 was the more classic and better effort from Chateau Margaux, but I am human, and the 1982 has overtaken the 1983, and is obviously the superior effort. It started off life as a somewhat ruggedly constructed, powerful, masculine, even coarse style of Chateau Margaux with high levels of tannin, huge extract, and richness. Increasingly civilized, with the tannin becoming seamlessly integrated, this opaque purple/garnet-colored wine offers up hints of incense, sweet truffles, smoke, black currants, flowers, and damp earth. Very full-bodied, with remarkable levels of glycerin, extract, and tannin, this is probably the largest-scaled, most concentrated Chateau Margaux under the Mentzelopoulos administration. It is doubtful it will ever rival the 1990.996, or 2000 for pure finesse or elegance, and in spite of its high levels of tannin, does not seem to have the classicism of these vintages, but this wine goes from strength to strength and is quickly becoming one of the all-time compelling efforts of Chateau Margaux. Anticipated maturity: Now-2035. Last tasted, 12/02.
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99p
 Markus Del Monego / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Château Margaux 1982  ( Château Margaux )

A great wine in a great vintage. Dark garnet red colour. Excellent nose with hints of mild spices, slightly balmy character, freshly grated dark chocolate, with fine Margaux fragrance of almost floral style. On the palate fine and persistent, with good tannin structure, great depth, excellent freshness although an opulent touch in the finish.

2m 13d ago

92p
 Michael Jones, Wine Blogger (United States)  tasted  Château Margaux 1982  ( Château Margaux )

I anxiously awaited the Margaux; it’s one of my favorites due to the big perfumed nose and typical elegance on the palate. Once again, the nose seemed to have faded due to being opened for quite a while; but the traditional elements were definitely there – cedar, tobacco and spice with flowery notes – just a little less potent than normal. On the palate, it shows nice black cherry fruit with berry undertones, lots of earthy elements, tobacco and some minerality. The laid back elegance was there, but the wine ran a little flat into the finish and lacked a bit of oomph. Very good, not great… perhaps a little less than expected, but still a fantastic wine. Parker most recently gave it a 98; I’ll go with a 92.

3m 21d ago

97p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Margaux 1982  ( Château Margaux )

"We transitioned to the remaining four First Growths in the next flight, beginning with a phenomenal bottle of 1982 Margaux (sourced from Chateau). The Margaux had a pungent nose, and its t ‘n a jumped out at first. It also had cinnamon, iron, rock and gorgeous perfume. It was ‘beyond licorice’ according to Dan, and Australian John admired its ‘cherry liqueur.’ The palate was rocky without the horror but with the picture show, ‘not its usual feminine self,’ Ray observed. Though spiny and long, the Margaux was still stylish with a touch of that Maraux elegance. This was a great bottle of this wine, and it ended up being wine of the flight"

10m 12d ago

96p
 Bill Silk, Wine Collector (United States)  tasted  Château Margaux 1982  ( Château Margaux )

"Late in the afternoon. Opened a half bottle by myself. Well actually there was a small glass to someone that came by.

The wine amazed me with how young it still was, though perfectly drinkable. How many more years for the 1982?

Shared a taste with Mark R. At Nos Caves"

11m 2d ago

95p
 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  Château Margaux 1982  ( Château Margaux )

"No longer in the shadow of the lovely 1983, this is a charming Margaux, finally throwing off its fetters. There is potpourri, violets, truffles, and some chocolate on the ravishing nose. An enticing sweet opening, some orange, blackberry and cherry, exotic spice and some licorice emerge by the mid palate. The tannins are sweet and supple, this wine is silky, and is developing ever more verve and expression. Some red berries emerge again, as the suave, engaging, fruit-laced finish, washes over the palate with quintessential Margaux mellifluence. This is a beguiling wine very much in the ascendance still. 95 Points+ (2 second place votes)"

11m 15d ago

100p
 Igor Sill, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Margaux 1982  ( Château Margaux )

"This was my very first foray into the grand vin experience with bottled history. This elegantly soft, refined Bordeaux ended with a parade of freshly ripened strawberries and cherries in a rich silky texture. Incredibly memorable. 100 pts
"

1y 3m ago

97p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Margaux 1982  ( Château Margaux )

"Fine-looking magnum. Decanted for two hours. We were very impressed when we first tasted this wine almost 15 years ago. Since then we have been just as impressed every time we have tasted it. This, the most recent magnum tasted, makes us feel even more impressed, for the wine is truly hitting its peak now. Every bit as full-bodied and vigorous as we recall from earlier tastings. Well-balanced and full of meaning. Still remarkably young and intense, displaying the depth and extract of this fine vintage and this eminent property. A solid wine with generous flavours of black fruits, coffee, cedar wood, and cigar leaf. A long, bit sweet and elegant finish that goes on and on alluring the palate. A reliable choice."

1y 6m ago

95p
 Stuart George, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  Château Margaux 1982  ( Château Margaux )

"“1982 today is less evolved than the 1961 was when I tasted it in 1983,” said Pontallier of this famous vintage. He also spoke of 1982’s high temperatures, huge yields and franc/dollar exchange rate, all of which contributed to a fortuitous and landmark vintage that changed the way Bordeaux was made and sold. Contraidcting Pontallier, Michael Broadbent MW (who was in attendance) reckoned the 1982 was “showing its age a bit.” It does appear to have peaked, and is not as fresh as the 1983, which might go further yet. Bottles of the ’82 might be even more developed. Opulent and voluptuous, à la 1989, but just starting to fade a bit."

1y 10m ago

99p
 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Château Margaux 1982  ( Château Margaux )

""Beautifully sweet, raisins, some tobacco, herbs. Truly extraordinary.""

2y 13d ago

95p
 Stuart George, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  Château Margaux 1982  ( Château Margaux )

"“1982 today is less evolved than the 1961 was when I tasted it in 1983,” said Pontallier of this famous vintage. He also spoke of 1982’s high temperatures, huge yields and franc/dollar exchange rate, all of which contributed to a fortuitous and landmark vintage that changed the way Bordeaux was made and sold. Contraidcting Pontallier, Michael Broadbent MW (who was in attendance) reckoned the 1982 was “showing its age a bit.” It does appear to have peaked, and is not as fresh as the 1983, which might go further yet. Bottles of the ’82 might be even more developed. Opulent and voluptuous, à la 1989, but just starting to fade a bit. 95"

2y 1m ago

99p
 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Château Margaux 1982  ( Château Margaux )

","Beautifully sweet, raisins, some tobacco, herbs. Truly extraordinary.""

2y 1m ago

95p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Margaux 1982  ( Château Margaux )

"A 1982 Margaux was classic all the way. It had really nice fruit with fifty shades of black and purple. While there was deep fruit, there was delicate spice and that typical Margaux seductiveness. Its palate was round and lush with nice tannins. This is still grace in a glass (95+)."

3y 4m ago

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