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1982 Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux Blend

France Bordeaux Pauillac

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97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 6/2009
95 points Stephen Tanzer's IWC 8/2002
94 points Wine Spectator 6/2001

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Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux Blend 1982
Thomas S.
Thomas S.

Rated  on Aug 12, 2009

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does it get any beter than this?
Score: 100 points
Drink by: 8 to 12 years
i have had the pleasure to taste most modern vintages of the first growths,right bank,left bank micro producers and have never had the pleasure of tasting wine like this, for a wine geek,its the apex of what we look for in wines. the mouthfeel is in itself a reassuring glimpse of what is to come,esp after the seeming kaliedescope of aromas that come wafting out,engulfing your senses,a nose so huge you can close your eyes and almost asssign a colors to the varioius concentrated palate of aromas . can it get better? amazingly so,the answeris yes!! the perfect balace of the silky,perefectly integrated tannins and the balance between alch.,. fruit, texture and the classic lafite aromas makes it easy to understand why this wine rates 100 points. it just makes me wonder how the critics can rate anything else a perfect score after tasting this wine. this wine reminds me of why i get excited about wines perfection doesnt come around as often as one mighthave us think,here is the proof.let the pretenders fall out.
Posted by chefduvin on January 11, 2009
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hype,,what hype,this stuff lives up to it [& lives&lives&lives] AMAZING!!!!
Score: 100 points
Drink by: More than 50 years
its not often that a wine can live up to its praise and reviews when its been piled on by so many,but im here to report that this wine defies description,finess comes to mind,ageless is another good descriptor,but the reality is this wine is truly the benchmark with which to measure all other classic long lived bordeaux,or for that matter any other world class wine.
having had the opportunity over the years to follow this wines in its development,it is still is an ageless monster that may last forever.
the wine itself is still a broodingly dark,brilliant ox blood color to the rim,not even a hint of bricking,all of this at age 25.
the aromas of cigar box,pencil shavings,graphite,oriental spices and leather that are so typical of cht. lafite and with tis wine they are so perfectly integrated and melded into one another,one has to wonder if an alchemist hasnt finally broken some ancient age-old code,this wine seems to be almost mystical and supernatural as it evolves in the glass, after an hour its magic in a glass,not an illusion,,it is with out a doubt the longest finishing wine ive ever tasted.
the finish is so multi-layered,long lasting and pure its not to be forgotten by even a novice taster.
i tasted this wine most recently on 9/1/07 and cant even begin to do it justice by describing it,it must be tasted to be belived.
if you only had one wine to drink for the rest of your life,let it be 1982 lafite,one can only hope that the recent over hyped,over priced, vintages will live up to their ancestory..........100 point wines.........perfection.....it does exist
rick dayan 9/2/07
Posted by chefduvin on September 2, 2007
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1982 Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux - Just Beautiful
Score: 99 points
Drink by: More than 50 years
THIS WINE IS COMPARIBLE TO THE GREAT 1854-1939-1949-1955-1961. LAFITE-ROTHSCHILD I,D KNOW IT ANYWHERE BY TASTE. GREATNESS,PASSON,THE TRUE MEANING OF LIFE. A COLLECTORS DREAM.ENJOY OWNING AND TASTING.ENJOY LIFE.
Posted by GJQ-VINO on March 9, 2007
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the greatest lafite
Score: 99 points
Drink by: 3 to 7 years
A phenomenal Lafite, that delivers as compelling a bouquet as one may ever hope to find. Early on, this wine was one of the chateaux (Margaux is another) most marked by the signature "roasted fruit" tones of the vintage. I often thought this wine would be a great, albeit, non-classical Lafite, but this showing revealed a profound, textbook wine of immense potential. Simply said, this wine is monumental: a kaleidoscopic bouquet of sweet cassis, "pit fruits", floral tones, tobacco, loads of minerals, and a firm coating of toasty new oak. The fruit is intensely black fruity, incredibly pure, and displayed in such abundance that it reminds me of the `59. On the palate the wine is near perfection: deep and complex, packed with ripe fruit, impeccably balanced, with superb concentration, ripe, firm tannins, and a long, long, long multi-dimensional finish. 99.
Posted by wineimporterny on December 14, 2006
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Brilliance - what the 2000 Lafite will one day become....
Score: 99 points
Drink by: 3 to 7 years
Charles Chevallier is a magician. This is one of, if not the best, Lafite I have tasted. It is just marvelous. Subtle aromas of currants, leather, tobacco and cedar-a classic cigar box nose, with plenty of fruit. It's full-bodied, with silky, ripe tannins. This is a wine that completely coats your palate, but caresses it at the same time. I may be biased because I love the noble bordeaux`s helming from Lafite, but, in terms of nobility, this is the Queen Elizabeth of bordeaux, let alone Lafite. Be prepared to be dazzled.
Posted by anonymous on January 13, 2005
 
Lafite 1982
Score: 93 points
Drink by: 13 to 20 years
Drinking beautifully right now with lots of life left. Nice full red core that just hints at brick to the edge. Cigar box, cassis, blackberry (still) and gironde river stink. Complex layers and great lingering aftertaste. Yum.
Posted by ting_rob on January 12, 2004
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