This wine needs some time to come together in the decanter, but when it does its bouquet reveals a pleasing melange of red and blackcurrant, tobacco and soil tones. In many ways this is a typical rustic old-style St. Estephe, with noticeable acidity and simple but transparent flavors. Thanks to the vintage, it remains quite juicy, textural and large-scaled, but the tannins have faded away and its vibrancy is beginning to flag without the promise of all that much more complexity to come.
We drank the 61 Pape Clement along side the 61 Lafon-Rochet. An interesting comparison. The Pape Clement was the more hedonistic, presenting an intriguing kaleidoscope of fruits. The Lafon-Rochet was pure, with a beautiful sweetness. Both improved over an hour, which was surprising. Both had low shoulder fills.
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