The 2005 Lafite wastes no time in seducing your sense of smell with strong graphite, damp earth, and dry espresso beans. While the wine is clearly rich and full bodied, it glides across the palate like silk, vanishing in the mouth like a featherweight beast. Ghostly dry, the vanishing wine teases your mouth for a full minute after its grand entrance. Its like magic! Though I think that drinking young bordeaux is a crime, this one is peaking in stage one of its 9 lives! Sex for sale...
Bordeaux 2005 : Ten years on (Bordeaux Index London): Left Bank wine of the vintage, based on this tasting. This is quite amazing as it combines elegance and grace and subtle power. So much dry extract. Really impressive. Larger palate, when compared to Mouton and more grace when compared to Latour. This is really biting into a lead pencil as well - very Cabernet driven with a long, long finish.
First Growths Masterclass, Sydney. Double-decanted 90 minutes prior to tasting. Deep, clear red-ruby in colour. Charming nose of creme de cassis and graphite. Midweight palate of black fruit, char and some early secondary characteristics of leather/tobacco. A little one dimensional, and probably in a dumb period. Long finish with lovely fine tannins. I doubt this is showing at its best.
Grand Bordeaux Tasting 2013 (Royal Automobile Club, Macquarie Street, Sydney): Deep ruby, clear and bright, slight rim fade. Medium intensity with subdued fruit, biscuity quality, slight cedar, surprisingly muted, with agitation it opens to cassis, slightly warm on nose with charred notes. In the mouth the wine is savoury, spicy and a tiny touch of farmyard, black fruit, quite light in the mouth, fine, very slightly talcy, tannic grip, slight alcohol warmth. Bit closed. I'm assuming it's in its dumb phase.
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(Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac) The nose here is restrained compared with Margaux and Haut-Brion, tasted alongside, although it shows plenty of wonderfully typical Pauillac fruit, all gritty and wood-grained. There are notes of gentle cherry and perhaps even brambly, blackcurrant fruits wrapped up in elements of cedar and pencil shavings, as well as violets, rose petals and tar. This purity comes through on the palate which is a little lighter and less prodigious than some of the other first growths, although it has no lack of elegance or potential. There is almost a crunchy lift to it, and a superbly defined, elegant style. Wonderful wine, one that focuses on definition and elegance rather than power.
(Lafite Rothschild) The 2005 Lafite Rothschild was a bit unusual at first, emitting this mentholated rub in the locker room vibe, which someone else likened to ‘barnyard.’ It did get more cedary and classic with time, but needed more coaxing. There was a soft and subtle minerality here that provided a beautiful backbone to the wine, like good posture. Its elegant style was overshadowed by the Latour in the beginning, but it, too, had undeniable breed and over time gained on the Latour, closing the gap. Its elegance and breed were ultimately remarkable (96).
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