The color was a bit rusty. But the aroma remain expressive with floral, violet on the bouquet. The after-taste is medium length. The palate is a classic Pauillac, elegant and smooth but was disappointed of the balance was weakened with increase of acidity after 2 hours of an open bottle. <dégorgement à 4Jul, 2015>
Guangzhou winegroup 2nd Anniversary Celebration: Hard to imagine after over thousand of wines, this is my first Lafite...I am a Chinese afterall! Slightly cloudy with browning on the side, nose is very graceful just like the palate, very feminine compared to countless read of Lafite being masculinely structured and gentlemanly proper, what I had was more towards a well-educated lady. Not as complex as I would like as some subtle notes are dissolved in the well-balanced integration, but the wine was served in the bottle and not a lot of airing was allowed (hungry label-wolves surrounding the bottle, typical as you would expect from a Lafite). I don't think it outclassed the 64 Rioja I brought that was a fraction of the price.
conclusion: Need to taste the 53, 59, 82, 90 to judge Lafite
After 1 hour, the wine reaches its maximum potential and develops notes of red fruits, earthy spices, very long in mouth. I would say this vintage was at its apogee 5-10 years ago... But still very much enjoyable!!
Wine was decanted and poured after 30 min. Initially seemed earthy, a bit rustic, with slight herbal edge. However, after some glass swirling wine improved greatly, becoming more integrated and showing some pretty dried red fruit character and nice spice box elements. The wine was reasonably elagant and had a very impressive finish. Held up well over course of two hour meal. Overall very nice, yet not epic.
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(Lafite-Rothschild) rounded out the first flight and had a great nose full of menthol and chocolate, very Mouton-ish circa the forties and fifties, I thought. This has long been reputed to be the 'wine of the vintage' by many, and I could easily see why. Its rich, complex nose was supported by a smooth, chocolaty palate that was a step behind its aromatics
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