Mike's Wine Blog

My wine tasting notes, both current releases and older wines from my cellar.

Location: California, United States

Sunday, March 26, 2006

1982 Chateau Leoville Barton, Saint Julien

Medium dark. Open nose with aromas of cherry, currants, chassis and oak. Big forward cherry and current fruit flavors, with hints of leather and tobacco towards the finish that developed as the wine aired, moderate acid, still soft fruity tannins, good structure and a long finish. My rating 90.

Parker rated this wine very highly when it was young, and it has developed into a very good, mature Bordeaux that does not show any signs of decline yet. In fact this wine seems surprising tight for a 20 year old Bordeaux.


Blogger brakdown said...

Hi Mike,

my father got be a bottle of this when i was a kid. He got my brothers and I each a fine wine of our birth year. Now im no wine pro so id just hate to waste such a good wine on my by drinking it myself. My dad says id apreciate it anyway.. but as a struggling artist who could maybe make a buck from it... im thinking about selling it. Do you know how much one of these is worth now? How would I go about selling it?

any help would be much apreciated.



4:45 PM  
Blogger mikeca said...

From your profile, you may be in Canada. I have no idea what the law is in Canada on private sales of wine. Here in California, technically private individuals can only sell wine to a licensed wine seller, like a liquor or wine store or one of the big auction houses, but these laws are frequently ignored. In the US each state has its own laws on this.

It is difficult to resell a single bottle of old Bordeaux, because of worries about how the wine has been stored. If the wine has been stored reasonably well, it should have a good value. Searching around on the web, I found auction prices in the $70-$120 range for one bottle of 1982 Chateau Leoville Barton. It is difficult to find people who appreciate fine wine and are willing to pay these kinds of prices for a single bottle though. A retailer might be willing to sell it for you, but at least here in California only a small fraction of wine/liquor retailers deal in fine wine. I live in the San Francisco bay area, and there are only a handful of retails in the whole Bay Area that deal in older fine wines. It is a very small market. I would guess that a retailer that would resell your wine would pay you only half or less of the auction price. If you had a case of the wine, the retailer could try one of the bottles to make sure they had been stored properly, and then sell the rest of the case, but with only one bottle, the retailer might be reluctant to resell it at all. A private sale might work better, but you would have to know people able and willing to pay that kind of money.

Sorry, I don’t have anything more positive to say. By the way, you are very lucky to have been born in 1982. It was one of top vintages of the last 50 years in Bordeaux.

8:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Here are some key dates in the long winegrowing history of Bourgogne, listed in chronological order.

312: Eumenes’ Discourses: oldest known documented reference.
1115: Clos de Vougeot Château built by monks from Cîteaux.
August 6, 1395: Duke Philip the Bold (1342-1404) publishes ordinance governing wine quality in Bourgogne.
1416: Edict of King Charles VI setting the boundaries of Bourgogne as a wine producing area (from Sens to Mâcon).
November 11, 1719: Creation of the oldest mutual assistance organisation, the "Société de Saint Vincent" in Volnay.
1720: Champy, Bourgogne's oldest merchant company was founded in Beaune and is still in business today.
1728: The first book devoted to the wines from Bourgogne, written by Father Claude Arnoux, is published in London.
July 18, 1760: Prince Conti (1717-1776) acquires the "Domaine de La Romanée", which now bears his name.
1789: French Revolution. Church-owned vineyards confiscated and auctioned off as national property.
October 17, 1847: King Louis-Philippe grants the village of Gevrey the right to add its name to its most famous cru – Chambertin. Other villages were quick to follow suit.
1851: First auction of wines grown on the Hospices de Beaune estate.
1861: First classification of wines (of the Côte d'Or) by Beaune's Agricultural Committee.
June 15, 1875: Phylloxera first detected in Bourgogne (at Mancey, Saône-et-Loire).
1900: Creation of the Beaune Oenological Station. April 30, 1923: Founding of La Chablisienne, Bourgogne's first cooperative winery.
April 29, 1930: A ruling handed down by the Dijon civil courts legally defines to the boundaries of wine-growing Bourgogne (administrative regions of Yonne, Côte-d’Or, and Saône-et-Loire, plus the Villefranche-sur-Saône area in the Rhône).
December 8, 1936: Morey-Saint-Denis becomes the first AOC in Bourgogne.
October 14, 1943: Creation of Premier Cru appellation category.
October 17, 1975: Crémant de Bourgogne attains AOC status.
Jully 17, 2006: Creation of Bourgogne's 100th appellation: “Bourgogne Tonnerre”.
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8:07 AM  

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