1982 Chateau Pichon-Longueville au Baron de Pichon-Longueville Pauillac France
Chateau Pichon Baron has a deep, dark colour. The nose is still somewhat hesitant, with hints of toast, cedar and dark fruit. Full-bodied and elegant, powerful and refined on the palate. The tannins are harmonious and silky. The length is truly impressive, almost captivating. Here is a vintage which will remain a benchmark for its perfectly restrained powerfulness, a marvelous expression of the distinction of the terroir backed by the remarkable quality of the tannins.
Rated 94 Points Wine Spectator
Big surprise. Dark ruby, with a garnet rim. Cassis, berry, tobacco, cherry. Incredibly complex. Full-bodied, incredibly velvety, with masses of fruit, currant, berry, tobacco. Never that highly rated but seriously good. Drink now or hold.
Rated 92 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This wine turned out much better than I expected. At a young age, it was somewhat disjointed and seemingly lacked acidity, but there is no doubting its level of concentration. It has firmed up and lost some of its baby fat, and now reveals plenty of sweet, smoky, leathery black currant fruit, a plush, opulent mouthfeel, and has reached full maturity. The color is starting to brick at the edge of the glass.