I have to question the storage of this bottle. There was no classic Lafite complexity, it was very lightweight almost thin places. the cork was fully saturated. Slighly annoying, as I was informed that behind 59 this was one of the best fully mature Lafites you could buy. Score based purely on what was in the glass. I hope we meet again.
Drank much younger than it's years. The fruit was brighter and more direct that I would have suspected for a wine so old, cutting through a core of earth, tobacco, soy sauce and meat char. Very elegant, with wonderful balance and a nice stewed fruit complexity. The finish was long and graceful. A pleasant surprise from a less than ideal bottle, it really proves that provenance and pedigree are paramount with older bottles like this.
The first thing that gets you is the color - a translucent red, more like a young Nerello Mascalese than anything Cab-based that I'd ever seen. Clear as a bell, too - we agreed egg-white fining was likely responsible. The nose is as alive as the color, offering up red cherry, cedar, red and black fruits and a morning-after campfire note that added keen interest. The word ethereal was mentioned more than once - on the nose, and palate. Almost Burgundian, some said. Provenance was not a concern, as this had been held since release in the same dark, cool, passive cellar near Santa Barbara since release. This didn't have quite the acids that the '47 Ausone had, so in effect, this showed more fruits - pomegranate, plum, cherry, soy, grilled red fruits, etc. The finish was both elegant and persistent. All agreed it was an outstanding showing, exceeding expectations. FWIW, the fully saturated, gnarly-looking cork came out cleanly with an Ah-So, and after 30 minutes in decanter, this was ready to go.
Clear, translucent ruby. pure ripe red fruit balanced by acidity and very mild tannin layer. Intertwined with the subtle fruit mesh were reminiscent flavors of soy sauce, tobacco, spices, tea leaves, and mushroom. Yup, I took notes on this one. My favorite of the night. Thanks puppetclause!
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(Lafite Rothschild) also had surprisingly ripe fruit in its nose, but more in the black cherry direction. There was also an herbal edge, not a negative one, along with nice earth, although it was more dirt than earth if you can imagine the difference. The palate was dirty, earthy and gamy with some wild action and leather flavors. The finish was noticeably longer than that of the Ducru in this very good and ashy Lafite
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