Double decanted four hours before serving. Then the sommelier at Bouley poured in the glass for forty minutes while we drank a 1996 DRC Echezeaux. We drank over the next hour with our respective courses of lamb, duck, and venison. The rich smooth blackberry is rubbed with saddle leather, caressed by cassis, and rolled in graphite. Spice, licorice and violet and a smokey forest waft through this smooth balanced beauty.
Still young, with a lot of tannin to resolve, the wine seemed tightly hemmed in and took effort to bring out its textbook cedar wood, tobacco, cassis and earthy, spicy nose. Concentrated and deep, with a lot of its ability held tightly in check, this will require at least another decade or more to really begin to gets all it has to offer.
Drank this at a Berserkers offline with other French wine. Pop n pour. First taste was tangy and thin. I was disappointed. After 60 minutes, this was easy drinking. After 90 minutes the wine was smooth. I drink mostly California cabs and pinots, so that's my reference point. After drinking this wine over the course of dinner, it was nice, but not special. I've tasted better cabs in the $100 - $175 range (Schrader). My rating is based on my California scale. This wine didn't live up to my expectations.
Had this with a '98 L'Eglise Clinet, 08 Shafer Relentless, and '94 Dow. Amazing bottle that as it began to warm and open up showed the classic cedar and violet nose. This just might be the second best bottle of wine I've had to date. Still have one more!
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(Lafite Rothschild) was another magnum that was purchased at the auction and opened on the spot by Eric the Red Wine Bandit, Angry Man undercover himself. The Lafite was very good but marked by a touch too much wood in my mind, a bit earthy and woody despite excellent balance and texture. It had a long, elegant finish, but its flavor profile bothered me a bit, to be frank. Every time I have this wine I seem to be under-inspired
(Lafite-Rothschild) gave me a first impression of earth, stink and expressive black fruits. The nose was a blend of Old and New worlds, but the palate was more Caliesque. I had flashes of Harlan and Maya without the power and balance. The wine seemed shut down with very little except tobacco and green bean on its finish. Someone said, 'I could drink this tonight. It lacks complexity or delineation.' Yup