A very deep colour; fragrant nose, with ripe fruit; classic combination of blackcurrant and cigar box spice on the palate, which is very smooth, elegant and long. This is one of those wines that is so harmonious that you could drink it and scarcely notice. There is still a little tannin on the finish which became more noticeable with time, so while this is ready now it will probably continue to improve for many years yet.
Wow, this is so nice. Lafite consistently has a beautiful core of iron, sweet cedar, subdued but pretty, deep and dark, fruit, and earthy soil. This bottle is still young, but it is easily on its way into hallowed claret ground. If you have multiple bottles it might be cool to check on one now. If you only have a few, just wait, it will last forever. I guarantee you will be happy with uncorked, well-stored bottles.
Classic Bordeaux wine, but seemed to have gotten lost a bit in the shuffle up against 1998 Cheval that was singing and a great 2000 Latour, but this was a damn good bottle and classic Lafite. Dark black fruit quality with a hint of smoke, black cherries and a mineral driven lead pencil element. This bottle seemed a touch more advanced then I would have expected, yet very refined and regal vs the Cheval Blanc that had a richer denser fruit profile. Like a finely dressed solider vs an elegant queen perhaps. The wine was drinking very well and had a nice finish. While a lovely wine on all accounts, a tad disappointed based on the reputation of the 1998 Lafite. Maybe I need to try another bottle?
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