11-08-2012 11-09-2012
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2622B Boston
November 8, 2012 06:00 PMCalender

Chateau Haut Brion 1982

Auction: Fine Wines - 2622B Location: Boston Date / Time: November 08, 2012 6:00PM


Chateau Haut Brion 1982
Pessac Leognan, 1er Cru Classe
u: seven 2.5cm or better, three 3.0cm, two 3.5cm, lightly bin soiled labels, lightly faded labels

"I know Jean Delmas, whom I respect as one of the world's greatest wine producers, has always thought the 1982 Haut Brion was similar to the 1959, but I have yet to see that. It seems to me the 1989 is closer to the 1959, another perfect wine and one of the all-time great Haut Brions. While the 1982 is a beauty, it has never hit the highest notes this vintage or terroir can achieve. Complex aromatics of scorched earth, smoked herbs, and sweet red and black currants are followed by a full-bodied, silky-textured wine, but I have never felt this offering has possessed the concentration, texture, or multidimensional personality found in such vintages as 1989, 1990, and more recent years. Nevertheless, this is essentially splitting hairs as the 1982 remains a superb Haut Brion. Seemingly less evolved than the 1990, it is capable of another 20-30 years of longevity. Perhaps there is something in reserve that will reveal itself in the next decade." R. Parker, 95 pts. 06/09
12 bottles
Estimate $6,000-8,000


Chateau Haut Brion, Jean Delmas