Not rated. Opened at Chateau Aiguefonde near Castres in the south of France at the occasion of a postponed family-trip to celebrate the 80th birthday of my mother, born in 1934. Level high shoulder. Turbid, unpleasant smell. Gone. Fortunately the 1934 Haut Brion was in somewhat better shape.
Looking like a glass of rose hip tea, picture walking into a cedar closet, smoking an Cuban cigar with rocks and rose bushes and fresh cherries on the floor and you get the idea of how this smells. Youthful, spicy and packed with cassis and cherries, there was a touch of rusticity to the tannins, but it was not at all intrusive. I know I've been blessed, as I've tasted this 3 times now. Just when you think you're never going to taste it again, out comes another bottle.
From a bottle with decent shoulder-fill. Cork came apart when pulled, however did not show signs of seepage. On the nose, initially overwhelming chemical fumes which then dissipated somewhat. Both nose and palate dominated with strong element of candied fruit - and not much else. Not very pleasant. Probably an off bottle, hence no rating.
From a high, almost top shoulder fill bottle with an original cork was deeply colored for its age with an appearance of cola colored wine. Notes of Cuban cigars, truffles, Asian spice, tar, leather, earth, lead pencil, black fruit and tiny hints of orange flowers filled your nose with pleasure. In the mouth, the wine expressed the patina of age with soft, black fruit and spice. The long, finish lingered with notes of elegant plums and dark berries. The mouth feel is pure elegance and silk. This feels very regal. 95 Pts... Although, drinking Lafite from my father's birth year with my dad was a solid 100 Pt experience neither of us will ever forget!
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(Lafite Rothschild) The 1934 Lafite Rothschild was stewed and full of paint aromas (DQ). The 1945 Haut Brion was figgy and gamy, perhaps a touch advanced and certainly not the best bottle of this legendary wine, but still impressive (94A).
(Lafite Rothschild) A 1934 Lafite Rothschild had classic pencil in the nose and a great, waxy freshness, along with nice carob, earth and mineral aromas. Shortly thereafter, aromas of jasmine rolled in like a tidal wave and took over. Sweet and tasty, this was a delicious and perfect bottle of ’34. Rudy noted ‘barnyard’ flavors. Citrus, dust and spice all joined the party. This was a tender and lovely wine with a pinch of pungency. Fundamentally linear, the Lafite got tangier in the glass and seemed less impressive after the next two wines, but it was still pretty nonetheless
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