Not the most concentrated nor long-living 1982 though lovely to drink now. Perfumed, mineral, salty, long and juicy with a slightly drying finish. But overall transparent and nervy with some fine Lafite quality. Drink 1998-2030
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.
One peek into Château Lafite's cellar is like entering into the 18th century. Its cobweb-coveredchandeliers subtly light shadowy corridors that play host to hundreds of ancient vintages. Nothing could be more representative of its wine making philosophy - classic, stylish and yet powerful - characteristics that have made it one of the most collectible wines in the world.
Due south of St Estèphe lies the appellation of Pauillac, the king of Left Bank communes. It is home to three first growths as well as a plethora of other classified growths. Pauillac's renowned well-draining, gravelly soils enable its dominant grape Cabernet Sauvignon to reach fantastic heights of complexity and concentration. As a result, Pauilac's wines tend to be full-bodied with compact tannins and good freshness. Its aromatics are often what one associates with classic Bordeaux: pencil shavings, black currant and occasional mint. Some of the most famous châteaux of the commune are Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande and Lynch Bages.