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(Château Lafite-Rothschild (Pauillac)) There is certainly an extra dimension here compared with the other wines of the commune, evident on the aromatics, long before the wine gets in the mouth. The nose starts off perfumed, but with a lovely definition to it, with aromas of violets and black tea coming in alongside the fruit which has a darker profile, moving away from the red fruit of the vintage and resembling blackcurrant instead. There is a gentle, understated start to it on the palate, remaining harmonious and nicely styled throughout. There is nothing out of place here, the tannins and acidity fitting in seamlessly with the rest of the wine, so that they are hardly noticeable at this point. This is hugely convincing for the vintage; it is an elegant, gently bodied wine in keeping with the 2007 style, but the purity and definition it possesses set it apart, as does that finely-tuned aromatic profile.
(Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac) In this vintage just 38% of the harvest went into the grand vin, and the blend is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 15% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. A dense and brooding nose, yet sweet and freshly appealing. Very balanced style, very approachable, stylish and structured. Lots of sweet and ripe fruit here, and a harmonious quality. Good grip, good acidity, but a sweetness and silkiness to the texture as well. This is surprisingly integrated and appealing. For the vintage, an impressive wine.
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