Rare Wine Dinner (Sydney, Australia): Promising scents of graphite, undergrowth, cassis and earth. More youthful that could be anticipated on the palate, this wine has beautiful finesse and it is incredibly precise with a framework of fine tannin providing impressive structure for the age. The palate actually started to fill out a little with time in the glass, though it never quite got to the level of impact that one might expect from a typical Lafite. The length is very good and while it is not as complex as one might hope for (a result of the pasteurisation?), it was still a privilege to try.
The only ever pateurized Lafite. Apparently the Château had to take back most of the production from clients who didn't want the pasteurized wine back in the day. Red colour. Awesome forest floor notes and a scent of little red candy. Big structure and lots of fresh, ripe fruit. Obviously a wine from a hot year. Nearly overripe fruit, and as one guest remarked, this is what Roennfeldt Road from Greenock Creek will taste like in 50 years. I agree. To me this wine seemed to just lack a bit of complexity. I loved it, even though the finish left a bit to be desired.
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