I know, baby killer, right? Well, it wasn't my bottle, and I can promise you, I was happy to taste it. Elegant, fresh, polished and right between medium/full bodied, there is a brightness to the cassis that stands out, especially on the palate. Aromatically, tobacco, cigar box, cassis, blackberry and earthy scents abound. This is a very aromatic wine. On the palate, the wine is light on its feet, bright and fresh. There is clearly good length, but it lacks the levels of density found in subsequent vintages like 2009 and 2010. The wine was made from a blend of representing 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. Only 40% of the harvest was placed in the Grand Vin.
As far as the market goes, it is hard not to recall that the wine was initially offered at $200 per bottle. Due in part to placing the symbol for 8 in Chinese on the bottle, prices shot up to $1,600 per bottle. Today, 2008 Lafite can purchased for about $650 per bottle. A big jump from $200, but a longer fall from its $1,600 peak.
Restaurant Fitzgerald (Rotterdam, Netherlands): Offering full rich aromas of black fruits and tobacco. On the palate, impressive structure with earth, cedar and black fruits. Stunningly concentrated and complex! This wine should last 50 years or more !?
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(Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac) In this vintage the blend is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 13% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. Harvest began on October 2nd, finishing October 16th. The wine shown is the final blend, including press wine. There is perfumed, dark, crunchy and slightly mineral fruit on the nose, with a little overlay of honeyed oak. The palate shows a lot of silky structure at the start, and there is good flesh through the middle. Nice substance, with a tangible meaty extract to it. Aromatic and stylish, with a beautiful, warm, open, roasted and accessible character, and yet a spicy density and bags of potential. A seductive wine indeed (more so than Latour), with great harmony of substance.
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