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1982 Château Lafite-Rothschild

Light capsule condition issue; top shoulder fill; light label condition issue

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit

Light capsule condition issue; mid shoulder fill

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased at retail

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RATINGS

97+ Robert M. Parker Jr.

...extraordinary nose of caramelized herbs, smoke, cedar, pen ink, black currants, and earth. The gorgeous aromatics are followed by a full-bodied, plump, rich, fleshy wine with low acidity...

96James Suckling

It's full bodied, with bay leaf, berries that turn to mineral undertones. It's full-bodied, with round tannins and a lingering finish of chocolate, cedar and other woods...

95+ Stephen Tanzer

...high-toned, highly nuanced nose of currant, roasted meat, cedar, marzipan, smoke & tobacco. Supple on entry, then firmed by sound acids. Still quite unevolved...rather muscular style of Lafite, finishing with big, tongue-dusting tannins.

94Wine Spectator

Dark ruby red. Mineral, berry and mint. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long finish. A silky, seductive wine.

18.5Jancis Robinson

...very mineral nose without that much evolution. Very delicate mouthfeel. No observable tannin until the very, very end of the palate. Very fresh and delicate...all in all closer to the Latour than in most vintages. Dry finish.

****/*Michael Broadbent

...still impressively deep and comparatively youthful; a well developed, sweet and harmonious bouquet. Mouthfilling, so much on show, so much left to show. Another effortless 20 years?

REGION

France, Bordeaux, Pauillac

Pauillac is Bordeaux’s most famous appellation, thanks to the fact that it is home to three of the region’s fabled first-growth châteaux, Lafite-Rothschild, Mouton-Rothschild and Latour. Perched on the left bank of the Gironde River north of the city of Bordeaux, Pauillac is centered around the commune of Pauillac and includes about 3,000 acres of vineyards. The Bordeaux classification of 1855 named 18 classified growths, including the three above mentioned First Growths. Cabernet Sauvignon is the principal grape grown, followed by Merlot. The soil is mostly sandy gravel mixed with marl and iron. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that “the textbook Pauillac would tend to have a rich, full-bodied texture, a distinctive bouquet of black currants, licorice and cedary scents, and excellent aging potential.”