Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Opaque purple-colored showing absolutely no signs of lightening, Mouton's 1982 is the most backward wine of the vintage. Still tasting like a 4-5 year old Bordeaux, it will evolve for another half century. Is it the modern day equivalent of the 1959, or is it closer to the immortal 1945? Moreover, it has a level of concentration that represents the essence of the Mouton terroir as well as the high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon it contains. Cassis, cedar, spice box, minerals, and vanillin are all present, but this opaque black/purple Pauillac has yet to reveal secondary nuances given its youthfulness. It exhibits huge tannin, unreal levels of glycerin and concentration, and spectacular sweetness and opulence. Nevertheless, it demands another decade of cellaring, and should age effortlessly for another seven or eight decades. I have always felt the 1982 Mouton was perfect, yet this immortal effort might be capable of lasting for 100 years! Anticipated maturity: 2010-2075.