1990 Château Lafite Rothschild

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96 Points

Saturday, May 11, 2013 - My boss brought this bottle from Europe and drank along with a '93 Penfolds Grange, '97 Ridge Monte Bello, and a '05 Cayuse Bionic Frog. The lineup wasn't meant to compare each other as so much as present some iconic wines from the New World that my boss wouldn't necessarily find in his area too often.

The '90 Lafite was the second wine tasted, after the Ridge. Despite the 3,000 mile+ journey, the Lafite was showing extremely well. The bottle was decanted at the restaurant and allowed to breathe about 45 minutes. The nose was intoxicatingly sweet and floral - pink roses to be exact -- with hints of raspberry. The palate was suprisingly light and delicate yet focused with a laser beam of red currant and cedar. I didn't even notice the finish. I just kept smelling it and taking sips. I could have drunk the entire bottle. At the end of the evening, the aromas became earthier and leathery. What a fantastic experience. My only other experience with Lafitte were other friends' 2002. It's a shame that some people mix 7-up with this wine.

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