Horizontale Bordeaux 2004: Un nez discret, fermé. Fermé en bouche aussi, heureusement il a cette texture, fort belle. C'est bien concentré et profond, un peu plus exotique (Mouton?), avec des tanins très fins, qui compensent pour son peu d'expression aromatique. Un vin trop jeune, mais frais et prometteur. Magnifique équilibre. 93+ pts
Just entering its drinking plateau, don't be afraid to open this beauty because it has clearly entered the bordeaux pleasure zone. It is rich, full, dense, and packed with fruit and has a long old cedar finish....I wouldn't be surprised if this gets marked up a point or 3 in the next 3 to 5 years...
The Lafite was more powerfully structured than the 2003 Haut Brion and 2001 Cheval Blanc which it was tasted alongside, but it is very much tight and closed. If you are tempted to open now, don't, it will leave you with that 'good but not worth the money' feeling. Better to judge in the future when it has opened up more.
Medium bodied, with a nose of cedar, earth, tobacco, fresh, spicy, red and black fruits and cigar box aromas. Soft, elegant and refined, but lacking a depth of flavor and concentration expected from a First Growth in the fresh, mineral driven finish.
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(Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac) This has some very dense, tight fruit on the nose, with an enticing and complex depth, spicy and full of exotic character, and not as overtly flashy as the Mouton. An elegant and creamy start on the palate, with beautifully polished tannins in the middle. Full, building in substance, never revealing its underlying structure, but showing fine acidity and a ripe grip. Very dense, very youthful, with lovely potential, and great length. Excellent wine.
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