It is sad to think that of my original stash of five cases of 1982 Bordeaux bought as a future, I am down to two bottles. One more Poyferre and one Mouton. Without a doubt the most rewarding wine purchase, I have ever made, this case of 24 half bottles cost less than $100.
The color is still deep crimson, a thin line of mahogany at the edge. The nose is darkish fruit, a little plum, cloves and licorice. There is an amazing freshness to it, perhaps not as complex as some, but easy going and amiable.
It was paired with a magnificent dry aged steak ,potatoes sautéed in butter, and garlicky spinach. Not number one on my bucket list, as there is no lobster, but a solid #2.
The '82 Bordeaux wines were almost free on release. First growths for $335, Petrus even at retail was $225, Lynch Bages and other lower classes were $110 a case. Seems crazy these days. I still ahem a fair amount of '82 Bordeaux left, mostly Cheval, Mouton, Laftie, and Margaux and a few lesser growths.
Thanks Donn, but I am itching to get out and eat at restaurants. I won’t as I am in the group of vulnerable, so I am doing a lot of cooking, and I suppose the one silver lining is I am getting a lot better by trying new dishes at least twice a week.
Having a lot of the wine to drink is also a benefit, but I am itching to get back into Manhattan for some of my favorites.