1982 La Lagune, Haut-Médoc
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Unquestionably the greatest La Lagune until the 2005 was conceived, the 1982 exhibits a dense ruby/purple-tinged color along with a big, sweet bouquet of black cherries, licorice, smoky toast, and forest floor, a plush, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and sweet tannin. It is close to full maturity, and should keep for another decade. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good red-ruby color. Expressive, slightly funky, Burgundian aromas of red raspberry, redcurrant, cherry, smoked meat, coffee and earth. At once dense and penetrating; rich but uncompromisingly dry, with lovely clarity of flavor. Long, resounding finish offers excellent grip. A superb vintage for this chateau. (A second sample showed somewhat more candied aromas of cherry, red fruits, leather and smoked meat; a lush, sweet palate, and considerable inner-mouth flavor nicely framed by ripe acids. I gave this very likable bottle the same score of 91.)
Intense cassis nose. Extremely classic, delicate nose - not at all over the top, just extremely elegant with some mineral notes. Great nose, Initially it seemed a little lean on the palate but with time it opened up to something gloriously sweet and broad. When we returned to this wine at the end of dinner, even after the magnificent La Mission, it was still captivating. Something featherlight and Lafite-like about it. What a bargain for those who bought it en primeur.
Neal Martin enjoyed this beauty 11/2012 and has this to say: "Tasted at Pebbles/Zachy’s 1982 dinner in Hong Kong. The La Lagune has matured better than I expected. The nose is complex with dried autumn leaves and dried flowers infusing the black fruit. It is nicely defined with subtle black truffle notes developing with time. The palate has impressive volume and is less diminished by time than its peers, demonstrating plenty of vigour to suggest it will last another ten or fifteen years. The tannins are firm and lend this La Lagune plenty of backbone, whilst the bell pepper finish lends it a nice twist. This is better than I expected given previous bottles."