Decanted for 3 hours and continued to open in the glass. Classic lead pencil and graphite minerals on the nose and these same flavors came out on the palate after the wine sat in the glass for some time. Quite structured but also full and earthy with black fruit flavors. The finish is very finely complex already showing wonderful notes of dark spices and graphite minerals. With enough air, this is beginning to drink well although it is many years from showing all its glory. A great Lafite in the making... 95+
Bought 1999 and kept in a good cellar Nose: after opening(Coravin half bottle decanted) mixture of pencil dark fruit and a bit of sulphiric stink. Very dark blackish red with brownish rim Harmonious palate, easy to drink but not so easy to love bc for my taste there is too much wood. As often with Lafite there is not very much evolution (drank over 4h)after opening, the wine stays monolithic and will last easily another 40ys. Bottle was unquestionably ok, but i dont wanna rate. If i wouldnt have known what it was id given It 92-94 points for the pleasure. Giacosa Asili Riserva 07 was singing better that evening-less wood less buck (expensive either)
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(Lafite-Rothschild) Very tight wine but impressive nonetheless. Hints of tar, fresh tobacco, violets, pencil lead & cassis. Perfectly symetrical in the mouth with no hard edges but in the beginning the wine was not giving up much fruit. As it aerated over dinner it began to show its greatness. Layers of massive fruit allied with stunning finesse and a very long finish. I know there is more fruit there and lots more aromatic fireworks to come in the future. I would let this lie for 10 years.
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