This bottle was sourced from a member of the wine trade with deep contacts in Bordeaux. It was a very heavy bottle and about 70% of the label had disintegrated. The capsule was corroded, oxidized, and brittle. The cork was (amazingly) only a little crumbly and showed Lafite's branding.
This wine was from the best vintage of the 30's and had dropped a lot of sediment. It had a red center and light puce rims. The nose was quite mute at first and this was an excellent sign. Usually, these old wines are rather funky when first opened. After a couple hours, it developed a medium intensity nose of cherries, roses, tea, almond paste, and some Cuban cigar. This bottle's nose was shockingly fresh! On the nose alone I might have guessed the '59.
In the mouth, this wine was round with a light, velvety presence that just flowed over your palate like silk. There were some light rounded tannins but the wine was so integrated, balanced, and long it was mind boggling.
I was hoping this wine would be good, given the sketchy condition of the label and capsule. My hopes were more that realized as this bottle was terrific! This is another example of how fill and color are the most important indicators of quality.
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!
Professional reviews have copyrights and you can view them here for your personal use only as private content. To view pro reviews you must either subscribe to a pre-integrated publication or manually enter reviews below. Learn more.
(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
NOTE: Some content is property of Vintage Tastings.