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Community Tasting Notes (75) Avg Score: 96.1 points

  • 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+

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  • Coravin half of 1/10/2016 bottle. Decanted 9.5 hours. Finally started to open a little. Either an odd bottle or needs much more time.

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  • Decanted 4 hours. Closed up tight and refused to open over the following 2 hours, needs more time.

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  • 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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  • per mike 'terroir' one the nose. slightly stinky in my opinion
    mouth - rich, earthy, lots of fleshy plum, and other charred dark fruits. a bit barnyardy. not particularly finessed.

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  • By John Kapon
    From the East, 9/16/2010

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    1995 vs 1996 Bordeaux, 10/27/2008

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  • By Richard Jennings
    4/27/2007, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 94 points

    (Château Lafite Rothschild) Rich cassis and mushroom nose; plush soft cassis, mushroom, mocha and herbaceous note; medium-plus finish 94+ pts. (still going strong after 2 hours in the glass)

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  • By Lyle Fass
    12/25/2004, (See more on Rockss and Fruit...)

    (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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