Firm, structured, tannic and concentrated, the wine is still young as it approaches its 30th birthday. 4 hours of helped open the nose, but as you might expect, there was a bit of hardness to the tannins and a sensation of rusticity on the palate in the finish. Another 5 years or more are needed for this to come around. This must have been similar to what tasters experienced with the 1928 in its day. I wonder how many collectors gave up in frustration.
Nose is amazing. More regal and smooth with flavors of blackberry, cassis, tobacco. The finish is quite nice and med+ length, but there is something lacking at the beginning and mid transition. Still a very pleasurable wine and pure class for it's age. Quite different from the 85 Gruaud Larose opened next to it which made for an interesting comparison.
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the "weakest" wine in this great 8 Bx tasting, great acidity structure, a lot of cassis and dark berries , tannins still mighty, the finish is a little bit shorter than the others, a hint riper than 4 weeks ago. 97+
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(Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac) A desperately youthful appearance, dense and almost purple still, so no clues to the age of this wine there. The nose remains remarkably primary, showing just some sweet blackcurrant pastille fruit, with some very dense, cedary pencil. The palate shows a lot of structure and future potential rather than anything else; firm tannins from the midpalate through to the finish, supporting a raft of sweet fruit, but not showing great complexity at present. Elegantly textured rather than a blockbuster. This clearly needs more time in the cellar, and should be great for the future.
(Chateau Lafite Rothschild) Now this was a sick wine. The nose was amazing. Layer after layer of the Pauillac funk. Lead pencil, Dunhills, cassis, black cherry, mushroom, etc. Just amazing. Jumping out of the glass with its obvious greatness. The palate lived up to the nose. Maybe it was even better. Just the most amazing level of fruit persistence in a Bordeaux I have ever had. Concentration, purity, and balance were perfect. This was one of those wines that was a privilege to drink. Perfection in my book. The fruit just stayed with you for minutes after the wine was swallowed.
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