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1982 La Tour St.Bonnet. (Medoc Cru Bourgeois) No Reserve

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Lot size: 2 bottles of 750 ml each Wine type: Red, 1982 vintage
Tax status: Duty PaidQuestion Mark Origin: Médoc, Bordeaux, France
Fill level: Very Top Shoulder (VTS)Question Mark Grape variety: Bordeaux Blend

A rare opportunity to buy two bottles of 1982 claret...a legendary vintage in the Medoc.

La Tour St.Bonnet makes a rather full-bodied,fleshy,deeply colored wine.Both the 1982 and 1983 are rather serious wines,with a lot of character and intensity.

Robert Parker.(The Wine Buyer's Guide. 1988).

The 1982 vintage in Bordeaux is considered to be justly fabled.Robert Parker says that 1982 remains the modern day point of reference for the greatness Bordeaux can achieve and being now 37 years old,bottles are becoming increasingly rare on the retail market.The lot consists of two bottles from this exceptional year:-

"Looking back over what I have enjoyed in the past year,1982 clarets were the most consistently mature wines.The irony is that only a few years ago I was advising you to drink them up,but they seem to have taken on a new life,with more volume and power than had seemed apparent".

David Peppercorn. (Decanter. January 2011).

"La Tour St.Bonnet has always been one of my favorite Cru Bourgeois.This is not a commercially made,supple,ready to drink Cru Bourgeois,but,rather,a deeply colored,firm,tannic,full-bodied wine with surprising concentration.Most vintages need at least 3-4 years to shed their tannins and in top years,such as 1975,1982 (the finest La Tour St.Bonnet I have ever tasted),1985,1986,1988,1989,1990,and 1995,they need 10 years or longer".

Above excerpts from Robert Parker's book "Bordeaux.A Comprehensive Guide.Third Edition".

"I don't drink Cabernet or Bordeaux blends as much as I once did.When I do,this is the kind of wine that holds my attention.I have bought Tour St Bonnet in good ageworthy vintages such as 1982,1990 and 1995 and never been disappointed.No other cabernet blend I know gives as much serious pleasure for the price.And it ages well.
Like most Chateauneuf-du-Pape estates and some of the more traditional Bordeaux ones, Tour St. Bonnet ages its wines in large oak foudres that are seasoned enough that they impart no oak traits.The alcohol level is 12%".

Artisan Wine on a Budget (8/7/2010)

No Buyer's Premium payable on this lot.

On 28 Apr 2019 at 09:16, the seller added the following description:

My tasting notes from a dinner party held in June 2014:-

"The Latour St Bonnet 1982 was a great success...not particularly complex,but still full of ripe fruit,with depth and a long length.A very satisfying claret and perfect for drinking now.
It knocked spots off a rather weak 1981 Domaine de Chevalier and a 1995 Grand Puy Lacoste,which had potentially more complexity,but just was not drinking "a point" like the Latour St Bonnet. Even the Beaucastel 1995 was put in the shade".

Top Terroir (June 2014)

Other details

These bottles were originally shipped by Eldridge,Pope & Co.Dorchester. They were bought from a wine merchant in August 1996.Initially,they were stored briefly in an underground cellar,but within the last twenty two years have been transferred to a purpose-built,temperature-controlled cellar.
The labels all have glue ring stains and tiny wine rack nicks,but are otherwise OK.The wine fill for the two bottles is Very Top Shoulder/Top Shoulder.The capsules are in a reasonably good state.

Shipping details

Payment methods: PayPal, cheque and bank transfer
Returns policy: no returns
The wine can be collected: From postcode CT5 , Kent, United Kingdom
Shipping Method: Parcelforce Express 48.
Shipping paid by: seller
Cost of delivery: £14.50. This lot will be shipped in polysafe tubes or airshock,air-cushioned sleeves,within a robust cardboard box.If buyers wish to use Paypal,they will be invoiced with their charges(About 4%.Overseas 5%).Foreign buyers are welcome,but they should take responsibility for having suitable means of shipping.
Delivers to UK and Singapore
Other countries delivered to: Western Europe.For European buyers,please ask for a quote for shipping,which will be considerably higher than the UK price above.
Insurance options: Up to £200.

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