Dark ruby-red. Sappy, expressive aromas of cherry, plum, minerals, woodsmoke and game, plus an exotic suggestion of baked apple. Rather subtle on the attack, then quickly expands to fill the mouth. A big, deep, very rich vintage for Lafite, unusually generous at this early stage and extremely long on the aftertaste. But went into a shell with aeration, and showed a hint of tobacco leaf vegetility. Finishing notes of coconut, woodsmoke and tobacco add flavor interest.
Lots of shading. Rather tired nose. Lacks a bit of freshness. Lots of hard work obviously went into this but the result is not particularly harmonious. Very dry finish. Quite gamey and meaty. Some other tasters thought this bottle was out of condition.
Anticipated maturity: 2007-2013