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  • By John Kapon
    The Virgin Palate Dinner/Merry Xmas, 12/22/2009 95+ points

    (Lafite Rothschild) The Punisher delivered another knockout blow with a 1900 Lafite Rothschild from the same cellar. It was deeper and also classic with a perfect mélange of cassis, cedar, chocolate and tobacco. Smoky and full of carob and cedar flavors, its big palate was more tannic than the 1901 I loved so much, but the 1901 just charmed me to death, and I still give it the edge (95+).
  • By John Kapon
    New Year's Eve 2008, 12/31/2008 95M points

    (Lafite Rothschild) Next up was a rare magnum of 1900 Lafite Rothschild, recorked at the Chateau in 1986. It was the real deal and about as good a reconditioned bottle as I have had in recent memory. The nose was full of cedar, clean from the reconditioning but still lush with cassis. Cedar was the dominant trait, however. Despite the obvious fact that the wine was reconditioned, it was damn delicious, vibrant and rich in its fruit and cassis flavors, complemented by delicate cedar and earth. Rose and grape also added themselves to the flavor profile, and there was a purity to the wine despite its theoretical impurity. Speez noted ‘a hint of cougar (insert your own body part here).’ Big Boy found it ‘close to outstanding,’ and ultimately I found it so.
  • By John Kapon
    An Evening of Lafite-Rothschild, 8/15/2005 92 points

    (Lafite-Rothschild) that was recorked by Whitwham's smelled much more authentic. Some feel that bottles recorked by Whitwham's are a bit unpure, and Bryan felt that this bottle had a 'hollowed out quality.' I found a lot of positives out of it, though, as there was lots of cedar, hay, earth and cobwebs there. The wine was smooth, soft and tasty and definitely a bit hollow, although I think most 105 year-old wines will be! It was like a frame with half a picture, but it held well to reveal lots of sand, dust, earth and desert flavors
  • By John Kapon
    An Evening of Lafite-Rothschild, 8/15/2005 DQ points

    (Lafite-Rothschild, Barton & Gustier) bottling was a bit suspicious, a little fresher than I remembered and expected. The wine had a metallic streak as well that was unsurpassable, so I had to

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