Opened at a tasting of 9 first growths (mostly older 70's & 80's). Deep garnet color and showing little signs of age as yet. It was accessible after 2-3 hours of decanting. This was big and backward though and will need at least another decade to show really well. Had a lot of cedar and cigar box. There was black currant underneath and lingering, but it wasn't as on the surface as some others at this time.
Good aromas of graphite, soot, dark cherries, and some earth. I'm glad I set a glass of this aside as I think the air breathed life into the wine. The palate had nice concentration, and a somewhat stern demeanor. Dark fruits, some minerals, smoke, and earth. Probably could use a 3 hour decant next time.
Expressive nose of tobacco and graphite with an underlying earthiness that wraps in nicely. The palate is muddled with subtle earthy flavors of cedar and mushroom, not showing any fruit whatsoever. This seems flawed...
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(Lafite Rothschild) The 1995 Lafite Rothschild had a tough act to follow. Its nose was one of baked chocolate croissant and deep cassis and plum. It still had a meaty nose, full of iron and more chocolate, yet it still retained a perfumed-like elegance. The palate was softer and more caressing, and the finish left a soft impression as well. The 1995 was a bit ‘lite,’ especially after the 1996, dry and a touch out of balance like the Haut Brion, still excellent but not as special after the 1996 (93).