1982 Château Lafon-Rochet

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Estèphe
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Community Tasting Notes 18

  • Tonyboons33 Likes this wine: 89 points

    February 21, 2019 - First time trying a birth year bordeaux. It's definitely past it's prime, if you have any of these remaining drink them soon. Other tasting notes are spot on, lots of acid on the back end. It took about 45 min to open up and then it had about an hour of life left in it.

  • _water.into.wine_ Likes this wine: 90 points

    May 31, 2018 - Translucent ruby red with slight bricking. Very acidic. Smooth tannic. But slightly sharp aftertaste

  • Lype Likes this wine:

    January 24, 2018 - Bell pepper, forest floor, green tones, the otherwise holy -82 was not a strong vintage for this chateau.

  • forceberry wrote: 85 points

    January 24, 2018 - Although a spectacular vintage in Bordeaux, 1982 wasn't a particularly good vintage for Lafon-Rochet according to the winery.

    Surprisingly deep and even quite opaque black cherry color for a Bordeaux at 35 years of age, showing only very little translucency. Developed and savory, yet pleasantly complex nose with green-toned aromas of pine needles and autumnal forest after rain along with notes of dried-up dark fruit, wizened blackcurrants, some chipotle, a little bit of cooked bell pepper and a hint of incense. The wine is moderately full-bodied and very developed on the palate with the first signs of the fruit giving in while the oxidative umami notes and saline aldehydic nuances creep in. Overall the wine tastes savory and tertiary with flavors of bell pepper, dried blackcurrants, something resinous, a little bit of pungent smoke, a hint of pan-fried liver and a touch of leather. The structure feels pretty unyielding with moderately high acidity and still very firm and angular tannins - both sticking out a bit as the fruit flavors have receded. The finish is savory, meaty and somewhat oxidative with complex flavors of peppery spice, some tart dark berries, a little bit of cigar box and a hint of wizened tart plums.

    A classic St. Estèphe that is pretty much at the end of its life. Most likely the wine has been in a terrific condition some 10 years ago, but now the fruit has receded quite a bit, leaving the tannins and the acidity stick out like a sore thumb. Fortunately the wine isn't completely dead and in pieces, but instead retains quite a bit of complex, nicely developed character. However, I'm pretty certain it doesn't take much longer before the wine is completely shot, so better to drink up as soon as possible. Although the wine still manages to offer some pleasure at this stage, I wouldn't say it was worth the 62,50€.

  • EhrlichDY Likes this wine: 88 points

    April 25, 2016 - Not all wines need to have big scores to deliver great pleasure. Popped and poured from a well stored bottle with a fill into the neck. This wine has reached full maturity and reveals a savoury character with earthy notes of cedar and tobacco. Despite having lost just about all of it's primary fruit, it still shows good depth and concentration. This is a Bordeaux lovers wine from a Bordeaux lovers vintage. I would drink these sooner rather than later.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2002, IWC Issue #103 (link)

    (Chateau Lafon Rochet Saint Estephe) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1982
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Lafon-Rochet
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation St. Estèphe

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 6 (2%)
  • In Cellars 162 (62%)
  • Consumed 95 (36%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

potato gratin and asparagus., Wagyu strip

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