Akin to meeting the Queen of England - the bottle felt like royalty.
It was in perfect condition. A slight tear in the cork upon opening and you could tell how well made it was from the first pour. Great color, a tad light but beautiful.
The nose was amazing and lasted the entire trip. On the palate fruit was still there and everybody thought the wine continued to open up for the first 15-20 minutes. Nicely balanced and even at this ripe old age, it ended strong and stayed with you for at least a minute +.
From the cellar of the late E. H. Crump, Jr. this bottle was lower neck/upper shoulder in fill; medium dull ruby with a little suspended particulates, a ~ 3mm meniscus, and only a faint hint of bricking. The nose is an effusive clean intoxicating melange of tobacco, leather, tea leaves, iron, and a clinging streak of red raspberry. Aromas carry through as flavors kept in keen focus by ample acidity and bouyed by fully resolved creamy tannins. Those fortunate enough to have access should feel free pull the trigger. Thanks to Mr. Crump.
I had one glass of this around 1993, and it still is the benchmark of what I look for in a red wine. A few recent California Pinots Noir have been on the right track, and some 1994/95 California reds were heading that way but nothing has left such an impression as the 1969 Château Lafite-Rothschild.
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