1982 La Lagune, Haut-Médoc

SKU #950038 92 points 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.  (6/ 2009)

91 points 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.)  (8/ 2002)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Very dark garnet-red, with an inky center. Ripe berry and tobacco aromas. Medium- to full-bodied, with tobacco, raspberry and light toasted oak flavors. Silky finish. Outstanding...  (11/ 1998)

Jancis Robinson

 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. 17/20 points.  (3/ 2006)

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