Margaux Focus 2: Château Palmer (Aug 2023)

The 1982 Palmer is a vintage that I have rarely encountered since it has always been overshadowed by the 1983, even deemed a failure in some quarters. Now at four decades, it does have a slightly musty, earthy nose that fails to deliver a fraction of the fruit displayed by the 1983. Maybe a touch of corkiness here? The palate is medium-bodied with light tannins that frame the decayed red fruit, quite Right Bank in style with a lovely touch of spice. It coheres towards the finish with black pepper and tobacco notes. Fully mature, I feel that this is a decent 1982, maybe just let down by the nose. Tasted at the Palmer vertical at the château.