Château Lafite Rothschild, 1er Cru Classé, Pauillac
    Château Lafite Rothschild

    Château Lafite Rothschild, 1er Cru Classé, Pauillac,

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    Château Lafite Rothschild, 1er Cru Classé, Pauillac, 1982

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Château Lafite Rothschild, 1er Cru Classé, Pauillac, 1982
    ABV:
    13%
    98/100
    Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux
    It's a cliché to say that the 1982s still taste young, but it is impossible to think otherwise when you taste this. Takes its time to open, then shows tobacco leaf, crushed earth, beautiful ripe fruits still full of generosity, round through the mid palate, emphasising the feeling of naturally ripe fruit. Takes a full 30 minutes in the glass to really open up when it majors on raspberry coulis and smoked tumeric. This wine is nowhere near finished, takes its time, lulls you into a sense of ease and then blows you out of the water with its complexity. Above all, it is supremely drinkable. The tech sheet says 'primarily new oak', which we can take to mean around 80%. Jean Crété, estate manager, wrote on October 22 1982 that all around him he can hear people proclaiming this to be, 'the vintage of the century, the miracle vintage'. He is a little more measured, noting, 'it is a little earlier to give a definitive vintage on this vintage which, nevertheless, does seem to hold plenty of cards in its hands'. Yield around 10% higher than average also.
    Date Reviewed:
    09/2021
    98/100
    Neal Martin, Vinous
    The 1982 Lafite-Rothschild is a wine I have drunk several times, though maybe this is the first time in magnum. It is deeply impressive. Deep in colour, it has a classic Pauillac nose with intense black fruit mixed with pencil shavings and black truffles. It simply oozes class. The palate is very well balanced with finely-chiselled tannins, spellbinding definition and immense, dare I say it, almost "Latour-like" stature on the persistent finish. Magnificent. Tasted at the 1982 Dinner at Hatched.
    Date Reviewed:
    09/2022

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    France
    region:
    Bordeaux
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    Château Lafite Rothschild

    Château Lafite Rothschild

    Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Première Cru Classé, is revered throughout the wine-drinking world: a modern-day phenomenon, a super-brand, probably the most recognisable brand from Bordeaux. And lest we forget, maker of some of the most distinguished, impressive, classic wines, anywhere on the planet.

    Lafite was well-loved in the British market throughout the 17th century and a favourite amongst many notable dignitaries including Robert Walpole. Through this time the estate belonged to the Ségur family, who also owned Calon Ségur, Phelan Ségur and for a short time Mouton. With such a wine-making dynasty at the helm it is no surprise that the reputation of the estate grew.

    By the time of the revolution, the estate was in the hands of a Ségur descendant, Nicolas Pierre de Pichard; however, the guillotine cut short his reign and ended the family's involvement. A string of owners followed, and at the time of the 1855 Classification, Lafite was owned by a Dutch family and under the management an English bank. The Vanlerberghe descendants elected to sell their holding in 1866 to a rather more famous banking empire, the Rothschilds, and the rest, as they say, is history.

    Baron Éric de Rothschild stepped down in 2021 after almost 40 years at Lafite. He was succeeded by his daughter, Saskia, who is ably assisted by technical director, Eric Kohler and Jean-Sébastien Philippe. Their wines are outstanding, and rightly lauded for their precision, complexity, and effortless grace. Modern day examples blend classical Pauillac flavours with cutting-edge winemaking technology – the results are sensational.

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