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1982 Mouton Rothschild

By Chateau Mouton Rothschild

1982 Mouton Rothschild from Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux

The 1982 vintage stands as a towering milestone in the annals of Bordeaux, with Chateau Mouton Rothschild having sculpted one of the most profound contributions to this legendary year. Our shared vinous voyage through the superb offerings of this esteemed house reaches an apex with the tasting of this particular incarnation. Reflecting a year whose conditions veered towards near-perfection, the '82 Mouton is a testament to the alchemist's blend of nature and vintner's prowess.


The Pinnacle of Pauillac's Artistry

The artisanal intricacies woven into each bottle emerge gloriously upon decanting, revealing a tapestry of aromatics that include cassis, truffles, and exotic spices. With time's gentle nurturing, these primary notes have evolved, layering complexity with subtle hints of cedar and tobacco—an olfactory ballet where every scent finds its place and poise.


A Vintage Endowed by Providential Climes

The climatic benevolence of 1982 rendered a crop that was both bountiful and of exceptional quality, rendering it an investment pièce de résistance. Within the glass, the '82 Mouton Rothschild exudes the hallmark robust structure characteristic of Pauillac, balanced deftly with a silken finesse that could only be coaxed from grapes basking under such fortuitous skies.

The wine unfurls on the palate with an opulent array of ripe black fruits that blend harmoniously with earthy undertones and a measured grip of tannins—a structure suggesting further potential for enigmatic development in years hence.

In summary, this magnanimous vintage cradled by Mother Nature and shaped by skilled hands is not merely a liquid treasure but also a beacon for fine wine investors seeking exemplars from 1982. The 1982 Mouton Rothschild from Chateau Mouton Rothschild stands steadfast as one among such distinguished collectibles, representing both oenological enchantment and sound investment acumen entwined in its legacy.

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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.

James Suckling -, November 20th 2010


Medium brick in color, the nose of the 1982 Mouton Rothschild is a little closed and sluggish to begin, offering earthy, cigar box, iron ore, star anise and dusty soil notes with a fruit core of kirsch, dried mulberries, blackcurrant pastilles, figs and prunes emerging after a few minutes. The palate remains a blockbuster—full-bodied, rich, opulently accented and unquestionably hedonic, possessing a mid-palate that is jam-packed with notions of red and black fruit preserves. The satiny texture/ripeness of tannins is simply incredible! It delivers a very long licorice-laced finish.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 31 October 2019


Tasted at Pebbles/Zachy’s 1982 dinner in Hong Kong. What a curious showing for Mouton ’82 – a wine I have had a number of times. It habitually ravishing, flamboyant nature has somehow been tamed in this particular bottle (and it is not faulty in any way.) It is the most austere, backward aromatic profile that I have ever encountered on this particular wine, opening slowly with graphite, blueberry, cassis and liquorice. The palate is full-bodied and against, is the most reserved that I have met. It is beautifully balanced, pure and builds nicely towards its precocious finish that reverts to type. It is a brilliant wine, but I feel one that is out-classed by both Lafite and Latour in this occasion. Tasted November 2012.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jan 2013


Deep brick colored, this has intense sweaty saddle and pencil lead aromas over a core of dried berries, earth and old leather. There’s still some stewed fruit flavors clinging to the palate but it is really past its best with just the very crisp acid and medium level of chewy tannins lingering in the finish. I suspect this bottle may not have been stored well.

Robert Parker Jr - In Asia Nov 2011

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