From a half bottle with a great fill. No decant. This Lafite had a serious wow-wow nose. From the first whiff, it was clearly incredible. It has this unique combination of red fruit, maybe raspberry, with loads of truffle/mushroom and an earthy, cedary undertone. It was profound and not like anything I've had before. The nose did not evolve too much throughout the night like other bottles of truly profound Bordeaux. The palate was very smooth with pure elegance. However, I would have liked a bit more intensity and grip. I see what Parker and reviewers below were saying about the lack of 1st Growth depth. But considering it was a 30 year old half bottle of a less reputed year, I was thrilled. What a nose!
Big beautiful bouquet of spicy chai tea leaves, menthol, mint, black cherry, leathers, and lead pencil with some damp hay and barn in the end. The palate is huge and delivers a solid dose of rich black cherry, currant, and cassis. There is balance between fruit horsepower and earth-driven tones, but the tannins are still pretty big and tight. A curious green note lingers around as well, asparagus perhaps. This bottle actually outperformed the '82 enjoyed alongside at lunch. Awesome.
Appealing nose with fruits, almonds and spices. Very elegant and silky, but more on the lighter side. Single blind 1985 tasting, hard to believe it belonged to the Premiers-flight. As many TN say, indeed very weak for a Lafite. But it had a crumbling cork, so maybe not representative?
Utterly classic nose of ripe, compact cassis, with gravel and cigar behind it. Really fruit-driven for such a subtle and elegant wine. Solidly built yet lithe, incredibly deep yet effortless, this glides across the palate and is highly refreshing. Still young. Unbelievable. Regal.
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