Slightly deeper garnet , narrower garnet rim . More spicy red and dark fruits , floral touches , wood smoke , quite elegant almost Burgundian in elegance . Sweeter on the palate , sous bois strawberry , cassis and red currant with more tannin , long and well balanced . Starting to drink well , at peak though this will still go for a further 10 years or so in this format — a month ago
Major-General Sir William Biddles CurranWow. A 98.
Dark rubi robe with a slight brick color on the rim. One would never say its over 40 years old. Cedar notes intertwined with dark cherries, tobacco, pencil lead, and secondary aromas. Dense, rich, but balanced and fresh, its a bold Pauillac ready to drink but absolutely no rush. Great bottle and one of the best 82s we tasted. — 25 days ago
Slightly hazy (poor reflection on my impatient decanting ) but quite deep garnet, wide terracotta rim . Slightly high toned , quite meaty dried mushroom nose, red currant , degraded blackberry and earthy notes. Just a bit rustic and lacks a bit of definition and interest to be honest . On the palate shows better with good poise and roundness, finely judged acidity with , ripe and quite vivid mix of red and dark fruit. Touch of sous bois and grafite , seems younger on the palate than the nose or appearance would indicate. Good persistence too , with rounded still noticeable tannins . Overall an ok showing , and only started deteriorating after 3 hours in decanter , especially considering the upper shoulder ullage, there will be better bottles out there . Drink now and over the next 5 -7 years . — a month ago
Less forward than the last bottle about 18 mos back. Still lovely. Cedary, minerally, mature St. Estephe. Red fruit very much an echo now. Excellent length and decades left if well stored. To seek out in magnum. — 15 days ago