Friday, August 17, 2012 - From 750ml. Drank at Pied A Terre restaurant in London. Level well into neck, cork three quarters soaked. Decanted and served 90 mins later.
Colour was garnet red all the way to the edge. No brown evident at all, remarkable at 30 years of age, and hinted at a good bottle. And it was. Nose was classic aged Bordeaux but very elegantly packaged. Smoke, leather, cassis but no funk or farmyard evident. Palate was equally impressive. Again, lots of smoke and cassis but with some tertiary coffee notes too. Very fresh still and the tannins were completely integrated with not a single harsh edge. It was all exceptionally well integrated and with a good, but not magical, finish.
The bottle proves the quality of the 82 vintage and the value that Lynch-Bages used to provide. This was top-notch Claret well stored and perfectly aged and a delight to drink. It didn't match the power or length of a first growth from the same vintage but it did have some Lafite elegance and complexity. A very good bottle indeed.
No reason to hold any longer as this is drinking at its very peak