By Chateau Lascombes
1982 Lascombes from Chateau Lascombes, Margaux, Bordeaux
In the annals of Bordeaux's storied landscape, few vintages capture the imagination quite like the idyllic 1982. Indeed, within this venerated year lies a gem – the 1982 Lascombes from Chateau Lascombes. It is a vintage that saw Apollo smile upon the vineyards, with climatic generosity bestowing upon the grapes an optimum balance of ripeness and structure.
Temperate Times: The Making of a Marvel
The growing season for the 1982 vintage in Margaux was marked by an amalgam of fortuitous conditions. A mild winter was succeeded by a warm spring, while summer heralded dry heat without the stress of extremes. Such benign weather allowed for a synchronous maturation of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, ensuring the concentration and poise that is quintessentially Margaux.
Precise Palate: The Essence of 1982
On approaching the 1982 Lascombes, one finds that time has been a careful custodian to its integrity. The bouquet unfurls with an aromatic lexicon featuring cassis, dried violets, and subtle hints of tobacco leaf interwoven with a whisper of truffle. The palate continues this articulate monologue – generous yet impeccably balanced.
The tannins, once robust in their youth, have evolved into supple intermediaries that guide flavours across all points of sensory perception. There’s persistent evidence of the vintage's warmth in the juxtaposition of ripe blackberry fruits against a backdrop of refined oak and lingering minerality.
Wine investors looking to embellish their portfolio will find the provenance and pedigree of this wine to be irrefutably appealing; it is an investment in sensory history as much as it is a financial asset.
Conclusion: Investing in Terroir’s Tapestry
The comportment of the 1982 Lascombes from Chateau Lascombes is akin to a poised narrative; each sip reveals a chapter from an excellent Bordeaux year. This vintage stands testament to both nature’s largess and human craftsmanship. As each year passes, '82's story becomes more profound, beckoning wine enthusiasts to its annals, encouraging wise investors towards strategic acquisitions. In sum, 1982 Lascombes from Chateau Lascombes is one of those wines that affirm one's faith in the prodigy that is great Bordeaux - a chronicle encapsulated in a bottle worthy of reverent appreciation and prudent investment.
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Scores and tasting notes
An open-knit, diffuse but delicious, fragrant wine, the 1982 Lascombe is low in acidity, and borders on being disjointed and overripe, but it still offers an expansive, flavorful mouthful of herb-tinged, berry fruit combined with scents of coffee, earth, and vanilla. Drink it over the next 4-5 years . Tasted 4 times since bottling with consistent notes.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 22 December 1995