One of the most superb wines I've ever had. Decanted for about 1 hour. The nose was exquisite with roses, cherry and possibly mushroom. Very smooth and opulent on the palate with very fine tannins. Initially some currant but then comes the expected cedar and lead pencil. WOW! This is among the 5 greatest red wines I have ever tasted.
If you want to introduce someone to an example of truffle profile in the form of a wine, this wine should be your first choice. I don't think that I have ever seen a better example of suave truffle in the nose or the flavor profile of a wine. The warmth and softness of the wine lets the truffle take over and linger, as it gives way to antique cedar and fruit. Fully mature, fully awesome!
This is a fine wine. But for a First Growth selling for the money it does, it falls short. Everything is there, the nose, palate and finish, but where is the excitement and energy needed for this much money? There are selling wines, and drinking wines. This is more of the first, and less of the last.
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(Chateau Lafite Rothschild) The last flight was upon us, and my notes were a bit briefer. We had to start gathering everyone’s votes and then tally them, so I rushed through this flight a bit more than the others. The first wine was a classic and great. It was all about the cedar, supported by morning cereal, yeast and even a hint of coconut. Its palate had excellent citric tension, and it was nice to see a good show for the ‘house’ wine, so to speak, as this was the 1990 Chateau Lafite Rothschild (95).
(Lafite-Rothschild) 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
(Lafite) the forgotten First Growth of the vintage (we.re not even going to count Mouton). The nose was mild, very shy besides touches of peanut, cedar, cassis, pencil and marijuana. There was ripeness and richness on the palate, length to the finish and great breed. Clive loved this wine, giving it 19 ½ , saying that the wine was .backwards without being closed or adolescent&marvelous balance&this is what First Growths are all about..
(Lafite) The final wine of the flight was corked, although one could find traces of cinnamon, cedar, minerals and smoke behind it, but the wine was unpure. The corked quality masked the palate, and normally I would DQ this wine, but since we were obligated to score the wine,
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