Robert Parker 93
This has a warmer, more inviting nose than the previous wine, with perhaps a little more Merlot evident? There are scents of decayed red-berried fruits with cedar and a touch of hot bricks and together they make a compelling bouquet. Certainly this has impressive definition and clarity. The palate is medium-bodied with a fleshy entry, well-judged acidity and very natural in style. Elegant and feminine with supple, red-berried fruits, cranberry and a touch of bitter chocolate towards the finish. This has matured very well and is a beautiful, classic Lafite. Drink now-2018. Tasted September 2008.
Anticipated maturity: 2009-2018
From The Purple Notebook – Decanter/Christie’s fundraising dinner at Covent Garden. Very aromatic and lively and fresh. Quite light. ‘Rather an old-fashioned wine, slightly 19th century. The only advantage it had was its acidity. It offers no resistance in any way to being drunk.’ Baron Eric de Rothschild. The last of three very different expressions of Cabernet/Merlot. There would have been a logic to serving them the other way round.
Anticipated maturity: 1995-2010