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1900 Château Lafite Rothschild

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, John Kapon
An Evening of Lafite-Rothschild (8/15/2005)
bottling was a bit suspicious, a little fresher than I remembered and expected. The wine had a metallic streak as well that was unsurpassable, so I had to DQ points
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1900 Château Lafite Rothschild

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, John Kapon
An Evening of Lafite-Rothschild (8/15/2005)
that was recorked by Whitwham's smelled much more authentic. Some feel that bottles recorked by Whitwham's are a bit unpure, and Bryan felt that this bottle had a 'hollowed out quality.' I found a lot of positives out of it, though, as there was lots of cedar, hay, earth and cobwebs there. The wine was smooth, soft and tasty and definitely a bit hollow, although I think most 105 year-old wines will be! It was like a frame with half a picture, but it held well to reveal lots of sand, dust, earth and desert flavors 92 points
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1953 Château Lafite Rothschild

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, John Kapon
An Evening of Lafite-Rothschild (8/15/2005)
was unfortunately a bit maderized, but in that 'second stage' way that Roberto Conterno alluded to when we did a vertical with him this past Spring. It was affected but quite tasty, and I still enjoyed its candy corn and caramel-driven personality. However, it was not what it should have been, which is one of the most charming and seductive Lafites ever made, so even though this bottle was in the 93 point territory, it should have been 95-6 93+ points
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1959 Château Lafite Rothschild

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, John Kapon
An Evening of Lafite-Rothschild (8/15/2005)
more than made up for the 1953. It had a spiny nose with lots of t 'n a and a cleaner edge. There was also nut, grape and cassis - its fruit was very young and very fresh for its age, and the wine also had lots of oomph and finish, the biggest finish of the flight. There was lots of edar, earth and mineral flavors and a great, long finish. The palate was round and long and had it all . fruit, finish and acid. It was an outstanding bottle 96 points
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1961 Château Lafite Rothschild

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, John Kapon
An Evening of Lafite-Rothschild (8/15/2005)
served out of two half-bottles. The 1961 has never lived up to the status of the vintage overall, so I did not think that having half-bottles here mattered that much, and besides, it was also an interesting experience. The 1961 had nice carob, nut, pencil and cedar. There was a touch of metal there and some awkward flavors that blew off. It was obviously not a great wine but still good, smooth and easy with light traces of caramel. It was good, enjoyable but unexciting 87 points
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1970 Château Lafite Rothschild

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, John Kapon
An Evening of Lafite-Rothschild (8/15/2005)
had a little green and horse stink to its nose; it was definitely a dirty Lafite, one that might not be invited to the dinner table if guests were coming. The wine was smooth with good character and nice dust, earth and cedar flavors. The dirty qualities of the nose translated into game on its palate 88 points
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1975 Château Lafite Rothschild

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, John Kapon
An Evening of Lafite-Rothschild (8/15/2005)
had a touch of must to its nose that lessened with time, translating into sweet soy fruit laced with brown sugar. The wine was gritty and round, yet less complex than other bottles that I have had. The palate was a touch musty as well, but its tannins were the most noticeable so far. I think this bottle was affected a little by cork issues as well as possible heat exposure, although each in a slight way 88+? points
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1976 Château Lafite Rothschild

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, John Kapon
An Evening of Lafite-Rothschild (8/15/2005)
rounded out the first flight and had a great nose full of menthol and chocolate, very Mouton-ish circa the forties and fifties, I thought. This has long been reputed to be the 'wine of the vintage' by many, and I could easily see why. Its rich, complex nose was supported by a smooth, chocolaty palate that was a step behind its aromatics 92 points
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1982 Château Lafite Rothschild

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, John Kapon
An Evening of Lafite-Rothschild (8/15/2005)
and the 1982 we had seemed more Mouton or Heitz than Lafite, and Bryan noticed it as well. He went on to say how he had had it a dozen times and never like this, and I was probably the only one who could concur. The finish was enormous and the biggest of the night, and Bryan was really digging the wine, enjoying how it had 'the yummyness of 1982' and how it 'may be atypical, but it's a humdinger!' He went on to call it the tastiest 1982 Lafite he ever had. It had big-time eucalyptus and flirted between excellent and outstanding. It is a great wine, but I am not convinced yet that it will reach that next level of greatness 95+ points
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1985 Château Lafite Rothschild

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, John Kapon
An Evening of Lafite-Rothschild (8/15/2005)
had a lovely nose, almost having this exotic orange/citrus edge, along with peanut, carob, grilled meat and white flowers. This was the 'first Lafite nose,' Bryan keenly observed. The palate was a bit lost at the moment with little expression and definition at first. It did open up with time 91 points
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1986 Château Lafite Rothschild

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, John Kapon
An Evening of Lafite-Rothschild (8/15/2005)
had a pine sol/exotic flower tension in its nose with some other classic components on the palate but was overall disappointing. It was Lester's least favorite of the flight, and I agreed. There were nice grape flavors and good tannins but more polished than I remember. It did kick into overdrive on its finish with time in the glass, but I need to revisit this wine again some time soon 93+ points
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1987 Château Lafite Rothschild

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, John Kapon
An Evening of Lafite-Rothschild (8/15/2005)
Now I have had an elusive '99 point' experience with this wine, but not on this night. It was still outstanding. The 1996 is one of my all-time favorite Lafites. 'There's a Lafite nose,' I wrote. It had a touch of earth, the 'pine spine' and deep purple, grape ape fruit. There was also some buckwheat flapjack there, and the wine was rich and meaty. Tobacco and dirt were also present. The wine did come out a little cold and kept unfolding in the glass 96+ points
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1988 Château Lafite Rothschild

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, John Kapon
An Evening of Lafite-Rothschild (8/15/2005)
was excellent as always, clearly having more intensity in its nose than anything prior. Nut, chocolate, cocoa, espresso bean, alcohol and the slightest hint of menthol all graced my nose. There were good tannins and balance to the palate with lots of minerals on the finish. The wine gained in the glass. It is an excellent Lafite and perhaps the wine of the vintage 93 points
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1989 Château Lafite Rothschild

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, John Kapon
An Evening of Lafite-Rothschild (8/15/2005)
had a perfumed, lavender edge with the usual carob and nut. It was very classic in many regards and quite expressive and showy at the age of sixteen. It was the most expressive so far, in fact. It had great balance and nice acidity and some additional flavors of stone and green bean 94 points
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1990 Château Lafite Rothschild

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, John Kapon
An Evening of Lafite-Rothschild (8/15/2005)
had a beautiful nose, classic yet with good stink. This wine has always been one of Clive Coates' wines of the vintage, and this bottle did not disappoint. The mouthfeel was rich; this was a high density wine. The palate was full of chalk, minerals, slate, hay and black fruits. It is an undervalued Lafite 95 points
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1998 Château Lafite Rothschild

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, John Kapon
An Evening of Lafite-Rothschild (8/15/2005)
gave me a first impression of earth, stink and expressive black fruits. The nose was a blend of Old and New worlds, but the palate was more Caliesque. I had flashes of Harlan and Maya without the power and balance. The wine seemed shut down with very little except tobacco and green bean on its finish. Someone said, 'I could drink this tonight. It lacks complexity or delineation.' Yup 90 points
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1999 Château Lafite Rothschild

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, John Kapon
An Evening of Lafite-Rothschild (8/15/2005)
was more nutty with nice coffee, caramel and toast aromas. The wine was very Caliesque again. WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH MY BORDEAUX??? That's all I am going to say on the matter. The wine was still very good but lacked oomph and verve ( 92 points
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2000 Château Lafite Rothschild

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, John Kapon
An Evening of Lafite-Rothschild (8/15/2005)
had the most intriguing nose of the flight, eliciting an 'Mmmmm' out of me. The nose was very deep and layered with lots of coffee, smoke, cassis, herb, fresh green grass and great earth. The wine was long, balanced, smooth and gorgeous. The 2000 quickly put my paranoia to rest after the 1998 and 1999. Lester felt that the 1998 and 1999 were 'overstuffed' to make up for each vintage's deficiencies. He also remarked how this last flight had 'a uniformed style I couldn't find in other flights. Admittedly, it was a closer range of years.' I will leave you on that note. NR points
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