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Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2005 750ml

Bordeaux Blend Red, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

Bottle


   SKU: BORDR-000135
   Vintage: 2005
   Color: Red
   Varietal: Bordeaux Blend
Btls Available:3
Btls in Case:12
Producer Name:Chateau Lafite Rothschild
Robert Parker (RP): 96
Having tasted the 2005 Château Lafite-Rothschild several times both blind and non-blind, it comes across as a First Growth politely requesting more time to "settle". Here, from an ex-château bottle tasted in Bordeaux, it delivers that graphite, pencil-box bouquet that unfurls gradually in the glass, biding its time, graceful but not intense. Parallel to some of its fellow 2005s, it is developing a little more spice, namely thyme and sage, than I recall. The palate is medium-bodied and beautifully balanced, to wit, a sophisticated Pauillac that priorities elegance and poise over intensity of fruit—in keeping with Lafite Rothschild's style. You come away with the sense that it will take its time and decline, giving away a great deal in its primacy, even if it is still more approachable than the 2005 Latour for example. Therefore, I would be inclined to set this aside for several more years. Tasted November 2014.






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Chateau Latour 2007 1.5L

Bordeaux Blend Red, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

Bottle


   SKU: BORDR-000157
   Vintage: 2007
   Color: Red
   Varietal: Bordeaux Blend
Btls Available:4
Btls in Case:6
Producer Name:Chateau Latour
Robert Parker (RP): 92
Tasted at BI Wine & Spirits' 10-Years-On tasting, the 2007 Latour was late-released last year, and I reviewed it at that time. This bottle reaffirmed my remarks from a few months ago albeit here within the context of all the other First Growth. I noticed that it has slightly more intensity than the Lafite-Rothschild, a touch of menthol infusing the black fruit, certainly more exotic than the Lafite or Mouton with that subtle hint of black olive. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. There is good muscle and weight to this Latour, with impressive tension and energy on the saline finish. It will drink well over the next 15 years, possibly longer. Tasted February 2017.





 
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