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A candidate for the wine of the vintage, the 2007 Lafite Rothschild (84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot) reveals classic Lafite aromas of graphite, unsmoked cigar tobacco, black currants, cherries, and a hint of truffles. The complex aromatics are followed by a round, medium to full-bodied wine with silky tannins, an overall subtle smoky component, and a rich, round, generous, plump finish. Already evolved and delicious, it should continue to drink well for two decades. Drink 2010-2030.
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Tasted blind at the 2007 Bordeaux horizontal in Southwold. The Lafite-Rothschild 2007 pips the First Growths under blind conditions. Here it has a stern nose, good definition and more herbaceous than the others, but perhaps more clarity and dare I say, a sense of what you might call "honesty". The palate is well balanced with fine tannins, good acidity, touches of cooked meat and Chinese 5-spice (the irony!), although I wish it had a little more complexity towards the finish that seems. But it is very elegant and refined with a dark chocolate-tinged finish. Classy.
A deep, black/purple colour. The nose is very smooth and seductive with potent ripe black fruits and carefully interwoven new oak that should see the aromatics blossom after bottling. Excellent delineation, touches of cherry liqueur, burnt toast and crushed violets developing in the glass. Much more feminine for Lafite at this primordial stage. The palate is medium- to full-bodied, harmonious with great focus and delineation. A seductive quality to this Lafite, a vintage that wants to seduce from birth, an exoticism that one rarely finds at this early stage. It does not quite have the weight and persistency of a great vintage Lafite, but it compensates with crispness and tension. Fine.
Very new Lafite, with firm, yet polished tannins and subdued currant and sweet tobacco character. Long and structured. Racy
38% of the crop went into the grand vin this year, 55% into Les Carruades. Ruby with quite a wide rim. Very light nose with real freshness. Fine, delicate, yet pretty supple. Not the race of Lafite’s best vintages – a bit softer and less acidity. Drags down just a little on the end of the palate. Quite a bit of tannin. But I’d like a bit of lift and energy! There’s more of that in the Duhart-Milon tasted alongside. . . Drink 2013-22
Good bright ruby. Cassis, minerals, licorice and mint lifted by spices on the nose. Moderately dense and fruit-driven, with lovely mouthcoating breadth to the dark berry, spice and fresh herb flavors; remains just this side of peppery. Best today on the subtle but very persistent finish, which features very fine-grained tannins, a restrained sweetness and a captivating vibrancy. Among the most suave and refined examples of the vintage.
There is a wonderful feeling of power yet an underlying elegance. There is layer upon layer of flavour, first sloe, then cassis and finally light very fragrant bilberry. It is concentrated and deep on the mid palate with lighter fruit showing at the back giving a charming elegance
Black-red colour, big, almost velvety, violets on the nose, expressive while also being quite restrained, firm, even slightly old-fashioned compared to the explosion of fruit in recent years, a wine of immense purity and great length and breed. Drink 2015-30. 5 stars.