"- June 2000 - One of the great Talbots, the 1982 exhibits a dark garnet/purple color as well as spectacular aromatics consisting of melted licorice, briny olives, black currants, aged beef, new saddle leather, and cherry liqueur. Powerful and full-bodied, with spectacular concentration, it is not dissimilar from its sibling, the prodigious 1982 Gruaud-Larose.
This exotic effort possesses a level of "brett" that tasters weaned on sterile, new world wines will find objectionable. However, a touch of "brett" can add complexity, as it does with this 1982 Talbot.
- Oct 97 - (96) The wine tastes fully mature, although it is revealing no signs of color degradation. My best guess is that this wine should easily hold for another 10-15+ years. It has been delicious since the late eighties, exhibiting a saturated, nearly opaque purple/garnet color, a huge nose of black truffles, licorice, herbs, meat, new saddle leather, and gloriously sweet black fruit. Full-bodied, yet surprisingly supple and fleshy, with huge quantities of chewy fruit, this is a corpulent wine. The finish is all glycerin, fruit, and alcohol, although there must be some tannin lurking behind these components. There have been some great Talbots - 1945, 1953, and 1986 - but I do not think there has ever been a more satisfying or complex Talbot than the 1982. This is one of the most seductive, complex, and hedonistic 1982s for drinking between now-2010."