1994 better than the 3 years before was still a difficult year, especially because of its rainy weather in autumn - so far the wines were with lot of tannins and closed over years; a lot of 1994 bordeaux were to dry when ripe and disharmonic - not so the lafon rochet; dark ruby color, long legs, nose with petrol and graphite, leather and sandal wood; tastes first too dry, increases after 2 hrs; not very fruity but good body, straight finish
Coravin 1/13/14: Medium ruby with only a hint of bricking; nose has nice tertiary components, slight vegetal, cherry, cedar; palate is medium-full bodied, certainly has an austere quality, structured tannins with only very slight drying, fruits provide a core but are not prominent, simpler on the palate than on the nose; finish is clean, fresh, not much fruit or flavor. An interesting intellectual bordeaux that fits the St. Estephe austere stereotype, perhaps less viscerally enjoyable than I might like but interesting nonetheless and a good bottle of bordeaux for the price ($20 on release, $40 now, overpriced at $60). 89 Coravin 2/9/14: Zalto universal vs. Bordeaux. With this more subtle wine, it shows better in the universal glass. The nose gets a little lost in the much larger bordeaux glass. If this was a larger, more aromatic bordeaux, then perhaps the bordeaux glass would be better. Palate is equivalent. Compared to first note, more drying on the palate, but no additional hints of oxidation. 88 Update: With air, back to my first notes and showing more fruit, less drying. Nice. 89.
Still pretty deep ruby/purple color. Very classic, colder, old-school Bordeaux nose of black currant/cassis, tobacco, graphite and some animalic notes. Hits the palate with surprising class and beautiful notes of cassis again, as well as some spices and some animalic notes and lead pencil. There is also a touch of green bell pepper (probably due to the difficult vintage). Medium-full body with still medium+ acidity and medium tannin that is a touch dry. Good length. Compared to the bigger vintages, there is a little bit of lack in mid-palate and the tannin is not perfect. But nevertheless, it's a super-classic St-Estephe, mature and great to drink with a steak or anything with a certain amount of fat to soften the tannin. As much as I love the newer great vintages (like 2009 and 2010), sometimes I miss this colder, old-school kind of style a little bit...
improved as the night went on - probably best after 3-4 hours. Not a deep and rich wine, but a bit astringent and good with grilled red meat. Perhaps not worth keeping this long, but the slightly dusty old bordeaux "shoe leather" and tar flavour was worth trying.
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