Chateau Lafite 1982- A rare vintage

love-opera-victoria-baker“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing” said Ernest Hemingway.

Being a wine connoisseur is to be an individual constantly in pursuit of perfection. Serious wine collectors understand it is a passion for beauty: the aesthetics of taste.

Amongst the pantheon of respected wines, none is more revered than Chateau Lafite Rothschild. A bottle of 1982 (an exceptional year) can fetch in the tens of thousands: all for a bottle that will only last an evening, perhaps even less than that. True wine enthusiasts will argue that they will never forget the memory of their first Bordeaux. It goes without saying they are referring to exceptional vintages in particular.

Bordeaux is one of the world’s most prolific wine regions and ranks among the most famous and prestigious. The majority of Bordeaux wines are the dry, medium-bodied reds that made the region famous. The official Bordeaux viticultural region stretches for 80 miles inland from the Atlantic coast.

It is home to more than 10,000 producers, who turn out a vast quantity of wine each vintage. These range from inexpensive everyday wines through to some of the world’s most expensive and prestigious labels. Bottles of dry red wine produced under the region’s generic Bordeaux appellation can be bought for just a few dollars. Those from the top chateaux are regularly traded for several thousand dollars.

Château Lafite-Rothschild is perhaps the most famous wine label in the world. The estate achieved wide popularity in the 1750’s when it became the favorite wine of King Louis XV. Thomas Jefferson was also a steadfast customer and even visited the estate. In 1868, Baron James de Rothschild became the owner of Lafite. Today, Baron Eric de Rothschild presides over this most famous Bordeaux estate.

The very mention of Chateau Lafite conjures up a vision of prestige and excellence, highly prized by collectors: especially the 1982 vintage.

Louis Pasteur once said “Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages.” That is good news indeed for wine lovers the world over. The history of wine is as old as time. But it has always been the nectar of the gods, a symbol of celebration and a barometer of wealth.

Where there is wine there is wealth and not just of the monetary variety…a wealth of joy, appreciation for the finer things and an understanding that living is about seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary: much as the winemaker turns the humble grape into a heavenly vintage.


Victoria Baker, of Greenwich, is an opera singer. Winner of many prestigious competitions, she has performed and worked with distinguished artists all over the world (notably at Lincoln Center). Should you have any questions that deserve answers and may be in print please call 203-531-7499 or e-mail [email protected]

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