Château Lafite Rothschild 1982
The nose is subdued at first, needs time and patience in the glass, before a beautifully smoky cigar box just explodes out.
Here again there are fireside brick red notes around the edge of the glass, with a deeper rich red core. The fruit is just starting to edge from tight cassis to soft, wild strawberries mixed with cedar and liquorice root finessing.
That classic menthol freshness of a great Pauillac is evident on the finish, keeping this very much in line. This has all the signatures of Lafite Rothschild – it’s not trying to be the most concentrated or burly wine here, and yet it just keeps on delivering something new with every sip.
Taster Jane Anson
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