Inaugral blog post: My ’82 Lafite Massacre

The Wine Experience, Wine — By KF Louis on December 1, 2009 at 6:06 pm

Chateau Lafite Rothschild label, courtesy of Wikipedia.

The most prestigious bottle I have ever tasted was my first: a 1982 Chateau  Lafite Rothschild, which I expertly poured out evenly across five dirty margarita glasses and slugged back in two gulps with four of my wine-ignorant friends.

We ‘pounded’ it, as 21-year-olds said back in the day.

I soon realized that the ’82 Lafite we wasted was one of the most prized bottles on the planet. I thought to myself: why would anyone spend that much money on a single bottle of wine, and even if justified, why didn’t I think it was at all tasty?

To be honest, I felt embarrasse

d that I didn’t appreciate the Lafite. I liked Boone’s Farm at the time. But that embarrassment triggered a newfound curiosity, sending me into several wine shops over the next year with the hope that I could learn to some day appreciate a bottle of cabernet… because that is what the ‘serious’ wine drinkers supposedly wanted.

It didn’t take long before I was hooked on cabernet, among other varietals. Unfortunately, I had absolutely no money. With my target bottle price set at $6, a friendly clerk at Esquin Wines in Seattle helped me realize that this price category was a total crap shoot — that abo

ut 1 in 200 wines in this price range was worth drinking, and that I should educate myself so that I could find “the one.”

So here I am, 20 years later. My love affair with wine is still at fever pitch, and I am my community’s expert on finding the best wine values in the world today.  Thankfully, my wine budget has expanded beyond $6 a bottle. But I still remain price sensitive about anything above $30, because there are just so many outstanding, world-class wines to be enjoyed in the $10-20 range.

This blog is my best attempt at simplifying all the lessons I’ve learned over the years, so that I can ‘quicken’ your ability to understanding  how and where to look for the best value wines on the planet.

Thanks for reading… and by the way… I am still looking for round two with the ’82.  If any of you are willing to share a bottle you have laying

My first bout with Lafite can only be seen as wasted opportunity!

around in the cellar.

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