Château Croix de la Nauve Saint Emilion 1982, Bordeaux, France
Time for #MerlotThursday. Here is a gorgeous one from Bordeaux.
Dark brown in color with a wide copper rim.
Nose of cherries, blueberries, wood, licorice, spices, dark coffee, green tea, light barnyard, black pepper and tobacco.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity.
Dry on the palate with blueberries, cherries, plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, earth, wet leaves, leather, light vegetables, spices, tobacco leaf, black tea, dark coffee and black pepper.
Medium finish with no tannins and cherries.
This Saint Emilion from a the great 1982 vintage is drinking very nicely now. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel. Smooth, soft and elegant.
Not very earthy, which surprised me, and easy drinking. Simpler on the nose than on the palate, and still holds lots of fruits.
Good right out of the bottle and didn't need much to open up.
Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
91 points. — 11 days ago
Classic claret full of leather tobacco and cedar. Delicious fruit with notes of cassis. Powerful haunting finish. — 14 days ago
Excellent wine with a lot going on. Opened this as its my youngest son’s birth year and had forgotten we had another bottle just a year ago and I said this could go for a lot more years (got to keep better records). In any case why wait. Big wine full of plums, black fruits, licorice and tobacco/earthliness throughout and nice long finish. — 2 months ago
I eventually decided to open this last night for my 20th anniversary. I had a moment of regret when I checked the current price! But no regrets after tasting it! Beautiful nose, long and complex on the palate. Tannins are soft but still full of fruit. Perfect colour. Deep ruby red with some brown at the rim. Delicious! It can do with another 10 or even 20 more years in the cellar. I shall revisit this on my Silver and if I’m lucky Golden anniversary! — 25 days ago