Lafite Rothschild 1997
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|Pack Size||Source||You Buy||Qty||Action|
|12 x 0.75L||BI Stock DP||£6,950.00||1 cs|
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Tasting Notes and Scores
Only 26% of the crop made it into the final blend, resulting in only 15,000 cases of the 1997 Lafite-Rothschild. Readers should not ignore this wine because of the negative press surrounding the 1997 vintage. It boasts an opaque dense purple color in addition to a gorgeously sweet, expansive perfume of cedar wood, black currants, lead pencil, and minerals. What follows is a fat mid-palate, medium body, explosive fruit and richness, soft tannin, and a velvety texture. It is a beautiful, compelling Lafite-Rothschild that can be drunk young, yet promises to evolve for 15+ years. Although one of the most forward Lafites ever tasted, it is all the more captivating because of this characteristic. Don't miss it!
Perhaps the best First Growth 1997, this has a deep garnet core with youthful rim. Moderate intensity on the nose with sandalwood, cedar, dusty black fruits and a touch of raspberry leaf. Medium-bodied palate, good acidity and structure, relatively light compared to Latour but it has superb balance and definition Somehow reminds me of a young version of the ’66. Tightens up on the finish so this needs more time. Impressive. Tasted September 2007.