Robert Parker 98
Tasted at Pebbles/Zachy’s 1982 dinner in Hong Kong. This is the second time I have tasted the Lafite ’82 this year and both bottles have been exemplary. Here it has a brilliantly defined nose of black fruit, graphite and limestone that has an electrifying intensity ” a brightness undimmed over three decades. The palate displays outstanding balance, a little more feminine than Latour and quintessentially â€œLafiteâ€ rather than â€œ1982â€. Fleshy and opulent towards the finish, yet not flamboyant or as extrovert as Mouton, this is just a fabulous Lafite that should plateau for many years. Tasted November 2012.
The 1982 Château Lafite-Rothschild, from magnum, is a bit rough around the edges, but still striking in its beauty. Sometimes small imperfections add complexity in a wine. That is certainly the case with the 1982 Lafite.
Magnum. Truly ethereal. Very Lafite. Far from heavy; very racy. Round, beguiling fruit. Long . But after a while it fell away in the glass with the acidity dominating that wonderful but slightly frail fruit. I’d open not keep this if I owned any.
Anticipated maturity: 1992-2017