First Growths, Yquem, 100+Madeira (John V.'s): This one stood out for its youth of course but was very interesting. 2009 is such an accessible vintage, but I wondered would that extend to Lafite? Certainly it did. This wine is drinking beautifully right now. The question that we had was is it typical. Jeff described it as a gorgeous 2009 but lacking Lafiteness. I would agree to some extent. Blind with a bunch of the best Napa cabs, it might be WOTN, but would anyone pick it out as a ringer? I doubt it. Inky purple in color. The nose has cassis, cedar, black licorice and vanilla. On the palate, lovely lush texture. Tons of cassis fruit. Some tannins. delicious. Long finish. This was open and drinking beautifully tonight. I think it will still improve a lot and easily last a couple more decades. I doubt I will get to try it again, but it would be interesting to revisit if much farther down the road to see where it went.
Unmistakable stench of Lafite perfume and Pauillac pencil lead, and cold steel let you know that this is the real deal. If you enjoy power, its drinkable now. If you are after intellectual elegance and more of head high from the stains this wine leaves on the memory, resist the temptation for 20 years. I would embrace all the 80's and 90's for a while, especially the 86,90, and the killer 96'
decant 90 mins.drnk side by side with vega sisilia unico 95.distintive nose n paate.the lafite has lean body,finess,elegance,so much energy,depth.its almost compltete for a bttl of wine.wat happen to the 2 points,u mitw wonder.if tis bttl has a little more black ting goin on just like pontet canet 09.wow,tis wil perfect
2009 Lafite has an inky, deep ruby color. Cassis, plums, cedar, lead pencil, fennel, coffee, and cedar pop from the glass. The elegantly textured wine melts in your mouth. Its flavors are intense, pure, and supple. The tannins are ripe and round. The wine finishes with exotic plums and chocolate covered dark cherries. 97-99 Pts
82.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 0.5% Petit Verdot
Flower, crushed sea salt, incredible concentration, licorice, delicate. Lafite and VCC clearly demonstrated great inner energy while maintaining incredible elegance. Extremely silky palate with never ending finish. 100 pts.
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(Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac) Cabernet Sauvignon 82.5%, Merlot 17%, Petit Verdot 0.5%. 43% of the harvest. Very dark, a touch glossy. On the nose an elegant layer of creamed fruit here, reserved rather than exuberant. Slightly smoky, but very well defined and composed. The palate has a fine layer of creamed fruit which slowly unfolds on the palate, and it covers the alcohol very well, as well as the building tannin. Beautifully sweet, rich, expansive but also well contained within the frame of acidity. This is an exciting and very vibrant wine. Very stylish, composed and elegant, with a sleek and seamless composition, yet with great depth. Overall a brilliantly fashioned wine here. This will be magnificent, a Pauillac that should evolve into a wine of great elegance and beauty.
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