Château Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 1982

9.5113 ratings on Delectable
$3295

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 ($9,500), the 1982 will enjoy another 30-70 years of life! An amazing achievement! Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Nico J. Snyman Delectable Pro

This was a solid one, not much fruit left, but the aromatics were extremely lifted & high toned.

This was a solid one, not much fruit left, but the aromatics were extremely lifted & high toned.

9.4

Greg Gregory Delectable Pro

This was one of the 82 Bdx that we had vs. the 78 Napa's. Honestly, and I'm a little shocked to be saying this, but it didn't hold a candle to any of the Napa wines. Not sure if the bottle underperformed or what, and it was double decanted and allowed to open, but just stayed lean and sharp. Lacking of fruit.

This was one of the 82 Bdx that we had vs. the 78 Napa's. Honestly, and I'm a little shocked to be saying this, but it didn't hold a candle to any of the Napa wines. Not sure if the bottle underperformed or what, and it was double decanted and allowed to open, but just stayed lean and sharp. Lacking of fruit.

8.7

Charles Antin Delectable Pro

Senior Wine Specialist/Auctioneer Zachys

Gorgeous example of this wine. Wonderfully expressive and aromatic. Perfectly mature but on the plateau with no signs of falling off of it.

Gorgeous example of this wine. Wonderfully expressive and aromatic. Perfectly mature but on the plateau with no signs of falling off of it.

9.5

Adam Jesberger Delectable Pro

Just stupid perfect in every way. Potentially the best wine I've ever tasted.

Just stupid perfect in every way. Potentially the best wine I've ever tasted.

10

Charles Antin Delectable Pro

Senior Wine Specialist/Auctioneer Zachys

Not sure how to rate this one... Not confident it is what it says.

Not sure how to rate this one... Not confident it is what it says.

8.0

Marty Winters Delectable Pro

Was blind tasted on this, called it 2001 left bank. I was off by a little bit.

Was blind tasted on this, called it 2001 left bank. I was off by a little bit.

9.5

Dan Fredman Delectable Pro

Chef Sommelier World of Pinot Noir

1982 Lafite living up to its reputation. Elegance amid concentrated fruit, with the requisite tobacco, cedar, and lead pencil notes everyone said are supposed to be there. The real deal, benchmark Bordeaux, benchmark wine...

1982 Lafite living up to its reputation. Elegance amid concentrated fruit, with the requisite tobacco, cedar, and lead pencil notes everyone said are supposed to be there. The real deal, benchmark Bordeaux, benchmark wine...

10

Donald Patz Delectable Pro

Owner/Winemaker Patz & Hall

Pretty, elegant, flashy - perfection? No. Delicious anyway.

Pretty, elegant, flashy - perfection? No. Delicious anyway.

9.2

Michael Rone Delectable Pro

Sommelier Carnevino

Tasted two bottles side by side. Both still vibrant with plenty of fruit and and tannic structure to support another 30 years.

Tasted two bottles side by side. Both still vibrant with plenty of fruit and and tannic structure to support another 30 years.

9.6

Steven Foster Delectable Pro

Wine buyer Belmont Wine Exchange

A bit on the oxidized side. But nonetheless a true treasure to be able to try. 1982 is a strong one.

A bit on the oxidized side. But nonetheless a true treasure to be able to try. 1982 is a strong one.

8.5