Château Lafite Rothschild 1982

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CHÂTEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD 1982 (5) 97+ WA

CHÂTEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD 1982
PAUILLAC. 1ER CRU CLASSÉ
U. 5BN

THIS IS A DENSER VERSION OF THE 1990 THAT STYLISTICALLY REMINDS ME OF WHAT THE YOUNG 1959 PROBABLY TASTED LIKE. STILL BACKWARD WITH A DEEP RUBY/PLUM COLOR REVEALING ONLY A TOUCH OF LIGHTENING AT THE EDGE, THE WINE OFFERS UP AN 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. WITH 6-8 HOURS DECANTING IN A CLOSED DECANTER, IT WILL OFFER BEAUTIFUL DRINKING, BUT IT NEEDS ANOTHER 5-8 YEARS TO REACH FULL MATURITY. IT IS CAPABLE OF LASTING 50-60 YEARS. THIS CLASSIC LAFITE IS NOT AS FAT AND CONCENTRATED AS THE 1982 LATOUR, NOR AS COMPLEX OR CONCENTRATED AS THE 1982 MOUTON ROTHSCHILD, BUT IT IS A WINNER ALL THE SAME. 97+ WA


5 BTS. PER LOT $12,500 - $14,500


November 22, 2016

Estimate $12,500-$14,500

Realised: $15,600

Price Realised: $15,600

CHÂTEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD 1982
PAUILLAC. 1ER CRU CLASSÉ
U. 5BN

Château Lafite Rothschild is a wine estate in France, owned by members of the Rothschild family since the 19th century. The name Lafite comes from the  of the La Fite family.

Lafite was one of four wine-producing châteaux of Bordeaux originally awarded First Growth status in the 1855 Classification, which was based on the prices and wine quality at that time. Since then, it has been a consistent producer of one of the world’s most expensive red wines.


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