1982 Lafite-Rothschild 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

The 1982 Lafite possesses a dark, dense ruby/purple color with only a subtle lightening at the rim. Spectacular aromatics offer jammy cherry and black fruits intertwined with lead pencil, mineral, and smoky wood scents. Powerful for a Lafite, this wine unfolds to reveal extraordinary richness, purity, and overall symmetry in addition to stunning flavor depth and persistence. The finish lasts for nearly a minute. Plenty of tannin remains, and the wine displays a vibrancy and youthfulness that belie its 18 years of age. The modern day equivalent of Lafite-Rothschild's immortal 1959, the 1982 will enjoy another 30-70 years of life! An amazing achievement!

Drink Dates: 2007-2070
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 129

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95+

($470-$775) Good full, deep red. Slightly high-toned, highly nuanced nose of currant, roasted meat, cedar, marzipan, smoke and tobacco. Supple on entry, then firmed by sound acids. Still quite unevolved but seems distinctly less deep than the bottle of '59 I tasted alongside it. A rather muscular style of Lafite, finishing with big, tongue-dusting tannins. 93(+?). My second bottle showed a darker red-ruby color; higher-pitched aromas of redcurrant, cedar, orange peel and coconut; a bright, very tight palate impression, with strong acidity contributing to the impression of steely spine; and a very subtle and very long, firmly tannic finish. This bottle seemed even less evolved than the first sample.

Drink Dates: 2005-2030
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 103

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

Dark ruby red. Mineral, berry and mint. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long finish. A silky, seductive wine.--Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now.

Drink Dates: 2001+
Author: James Suckling


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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18.5

From magnum: Looks more developed than the Lafite 1982 tasted in tasting_notestn2010112522.html target= title= onclick=>75-cl bottle, oddly enough. And indeed it smells a little more evolved! Savoury and dancing and perhaps a little less precise than the bottle size. More flattering but definitely more advanced with just a hint of 'smudginess' - definitely not 'pointed'. Arguably more obviously Lafite than the 75-cl bottle size.

Drink Dates: 2000-2025
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 08/19/2010
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Rating: 100
Author: dave1161
Trust Rating: 13
Tasted On: 12/24/2008

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Rating: 90
Author: NC
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 08/03/2008
Extremely disappointing. I was expecting close to 100 and this wine is barley 90. I would sell whatever I have left and make the money!!!

Average rating: 96, based on 7 reviews
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3569 bottles owned by 760 collectors.

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Chateau Lafite-Rothschild is one of the Bordeaux First Growths in Pauillac, and possesses a long history of exceptional quality. In the 17th century, the vineyards were owned by Alexandre de Segur, also proprietor of Chateau Latour. After the French revolution, the chateau was purchased by several Dutch merchants before the current owners, the Rothschild family, acquired it in 1868.

Chateau Lafite-Rothschild is one of the largest Medoc estates, producing 15,000 to 25,000 cases per year. The grand vin is composed primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon (up to 95%) with the balance divided between Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. 1994 and 1961 are exceptions, however, and consist of 99% and 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, respectively. Part of the estate's production goes to its second wine called Carruades de Lafite (previously names Moulin des Carruades) which is produced from up to 70% Cabernet, with a larger proportion of Merlot. The best vintages of Lafite include 1918, 1846, 1945, 1947, 1959, 1961, 1982, 1990, 2000, 2003, and 2005. Lafite has a balanced elegance supported by the structure of its tannins. It is both full-bodied and silky. Aromas include currant, leather, graphite and tobacco. As Lafite ages, it reveals more minerals, as well as almond, violet, and cedar.

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See other similar producers: Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Petrus, Chateau Cos D'Estournel

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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