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Community Tasting Notes (99) Avg Score: 95.5 points

  • A relatively poor showing for this wine. I have not had it for more than a year, and not certain where it is headed. Smooth and sweet nose with the typical background coal dust and dark earth. Vanilla notes as well. Sweeter and thinner on the palate than I recall. Tannins have subdued but are not smooth and the acid is fading. 94-

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  • More interesting on the nose than the palate, with its complex array of cedar, tobacco, cassis, smoke, thyme and cigar wrapper scents. On the palate, the earthy, cherry and cassis sensation were marred by some dryness and slightly, rustic tannins. There are vintages when I love Lafite and covet the wine. Those are the years to buy. But there are other vintages that should be sold. 1982 is a year to sell. Its a good wine, but it does not even begin to deliver the level of quality to justify the selling price.

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  • From a perfect case, bought on release and not moved since 1985. Bottle was in pristine condition. We decanted this and drank over two hours saving a glass for day 2. Pretty and somewhat subtle nose of red, black and blue fruits with a distinct violet note that seemed almost right bank. More left bank tobacco and graphite was evident on day two. The palate matched the nose. Incredibly polished on the palate with wonderful depth yet light on its feet. Smooth and long on the finish. As good as this was, I expected more complexity and I believe this example showed younger for some reason. This bottle seems like it would benefit from more age.

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  • Recorked 1994 at Lafite. Fantastic bottle, but who knows how much it is different due to recorking? Gorgeous everlasting bouquet of the greatest Lafites; rose, violet, blueberry and more. Delicate on the palate, sweet from the perfect ripeness of the fruit. Complex and compelling. Compulsively drinkable, soft yet emphatic.

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  • It has been a long time since I drank one of these wines and to be honest I had kind of forgot what all the fuss was about. This bottle reminded me. Stunning wine.

    Cork came out in two parts, but the wine was in great shape still. Slight bricking on the edges of the glass fading into a darker red. Nose of tobacco, wood, spice and pencil lead. The palate is smooth with a haunting finish. This is my last bottle of this wine, but it still has another 5 years left in it with a better cork.

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Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    1982 Bordeaux in Hong Kong, 5/31/2012 95 points

    (Lafite Rothschild) What did we have here? A 1982 Lafite Rothschild? Yes, we don’t only sell Lafite, we actually drink it, too. Can’t let it all go to the Mainland now, can we? The Lafite was tight, similar to the La Miss, with lots of cedar, minerals and iodine. Cedar dominated its gritty palate, with fireplace and brick flavors joining the party. It, too, might have benefitted from a couple extra hours. Later in the week, a client from the Mainland told me he had eight bottles of this in one night during the same week. Damn, I thought opening two bottles was impressive lol (95).

  • By Richard Jennings
    1/18/2008, (See more on 94 points

    (Château Lafite Rothschild) Dark red violet color; black fruit, porcini mushroom nose; very tasty, youthful, plum palate, but lacking in complexity; long finish

Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    1982 Bordeaux Retrospective at Age 25, 5/20/2007 93 points

    (Lafite Rothschild) The 1982 Lafite Rothschild, most desirable Left Bank of the vintage according to the auction index, was, well, Lafite. Very shy at first (as always), it was still stylish in a subtle way, long and penetrating. Its palate was smooth and soft with kisses of wood, leather and carob. Ray remarked, ‘It’s good but doesn’t ever blow me away.’ Australian John was a bit more optimistic, saying ‘it has to happen,’ meaning that it was not in a great spot just yet but will be

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/27/2007, (See more on 96 points

    (Château Lafite Rothschild) Leather, mushroom nose; tart and tangy red fruit, fig, mushroom; long finish

Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Summer Tasting Group News, 8/22/2005 96 points

    (Lafite) that closed out the flight was anti-climactic yet still outstanding. It had another great nose, filled with peanut, earth, more nuts, tannins, alcohol and spice. The wine was rich, long, smooth and sexy
  • By John Kapon
    An Evening of Lafite-Rothschild, 8/15/2005 95+ points

    (Lafite-Rothschild) and the 1982 we had seemed more Mouton or Heitz than Lafite, and Bryan noticed it as well. He went on to say how he had had it a dozen times and never like this, and I was probably the only one who could concur. The finish was enormous and the biggest of the night, and Bryan was really digging the wine, enjoying how it had 'the yummyness of 1982' and how it 'may be atypical, but it's a humdinger!' He went on to call it the tastiest 1982 Lafite he ever had. It had big-time eucalyptus and flirted between excellent and outstanding. It is a great wine, but I am not convinced yet that it will reach that next level of greatness
  • By John Kapon
    Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C, 2/21/2005 96+ points

    (Lafite Rothschild.) The nose was gorgeous, probably the best 1982 Lafite I have ever had, with meat on its bones and a cassis, nut and caramel trifecta, and even a touch of kinky citrus. I would certainly call it ripe, especially by the standards with which I was familiar. Rudy called it .perfect and gorgeous, the way it should be.. There was a light touch of bread and yeast, and the palate was very dry and long, with more finish than fruit and dominating slate

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/24/2004, (See more on 95 points

    (Château Lafite Rothschild) Mature, mushroom, leather nose; tasty, mushroom, leather, coffee palate; long finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    3/20/2003, (See more on 93 points

    (Château Lafite Rothschild) 1982 Bordeaux Tasting - 1st Growths & Super Seconds (Los Angeles, California): Cedar, red fruit nose; cedar, tart cherry, cassis palate with sweet, dry tannins; medium-plus finish

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