Along with the 1986, the 1982 is one of the greatest Talbots ever made. Far more evolved than its stablemate, Gruaud Larose, it exhibits a dense garnet color to the rim along with a huge, sweet, exotic nose of charcoal, beef blood, licorice, herbs, and black fruits. A hint of figs suggests borderline overripeness, but the wine remains fleshy and full-bodied with sweet tannin and an expansive, heady mouthfeel. While fully mature, it should hold for another decade. (RP)
This wine was served alongside the Gruaud from the same stable and it really was quite difficult to pick a favourite. There were strong similarities of style: glossy, fruity, friendly, open, something almost Napa-esque about them. Sweet nose and real dancing life. The merest hint of molasses and something very slightly vegetal on the nose - not at all underripe though. Thick and rich, long, a hint of marine notes. Positively oozes charm. I defy anyone not to like this. (JR) 17.5/20 points
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