Recorked 1994 at Lafite. Fantastic bottle, but who knows how much it is different due to recorking? Gorgeous everlasting bouquet of the greatest Lafites; rose, violet, blueberry and more. Delicate on the palate, sweet from the perfect ripeness of the fruit. Complex and compelling. Compulsively drinkable, soft yet emphatic.
It has been a long time since I drank one of these wines and to be honest I had kind of forgot what all the fuss was about. This bottle reminded me. Stunning wine.
Cork came out in two parts, but the wine was in great shape still. Slight bricking on the edges of the glass fading into a darker red. Nose of tobacco, wood, spice and pencil lead. The palate is smooth with a haunting finish. This is my last bottle of this wine, but it still has another 5 years left in it with a better cork.
A splendid showing for this wine which should always be great but is not. But this one is a bit "tainted" since it was recorked at the chateau in 1996 (why so soon?). The level was mid neck and the cork was clearly young and came out easily. Still, the exquisitely intense mixed berry rush (blackberry, blueberry, raspberry) was instantly pleasurable and carried through to the palate perfectly. With the lack of Pauillac tobacco and lead pencil profile, this Lafite even reminded me fleetingly of a fine Burgundy. The texture was medium thin, also Burgundian. A bit too much acidity was the only real negative.
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