Second bottle in a month, this one with a much better level, almost into the neck. Wonderful mid ruby colour, little brick undertones. Wonderful nose, good red fruit, again leather and earth/moss coming through. What a pleasure on the palate, incredible elegance and complexity, great lenght, the quintessence of old Bordeaux savoir faire. A great partner with wagyu beef filet.
The level was mid shoulder, so I had a backup bottle ready as I was certain that this one would have been off. When I poured the wine however I began to raise my hopes as the colour was just right for this wine and age, still pale ruby red with hints of brick. When I approached the glass to my nose I smiled, as fortunately the wine was perfect, with some red fruit coming through mixed with leather and earth. On the palate the Lafite was liquid velvet, smooth, elegant, burgundy like, with good length and finish. A real surprise given the look of the bottle, perfect with a wagyu beef entrecôte.
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(Lafite Rothschild) Vincent brought a bottle of 1962 Lafite Rothschild, one that we weren’t even sure was a 1962 until a thorough investigation of the cork. The vintage was illegible on the torn label, and the cork was eroded/faded to the point where it was very difficult to see the vintage, but ultimately I found the brand. Sometimes corks can fade or erode and be difficult to read, even when the wine is 100% legit, as this Lafite was. There was a kiss of cardboard in the nose, but behind it was a wealth of fresh fruit, along with carob, chocolate and pencil. Gil noted, ‘a little bandage.’ The palate was pretty as all heck, delicious with beautiful balance and natural, mature flavors that still came across fresh. Its silky, velvety mouthfeel caressed my palate gracefully (95).
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