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Red Bordeaux - 1997 - Lafite Rothschild

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QtyUnitSizeCase SizePriceReserve
4Bottle150cl£920

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Tasting Notes

Rating

92

Release Price

$165

Drink Date

2000 - 2015

Reviewed by

Robert M. Parker, Jr.

Issue Date

21st Apr 2000

Source

128, The Wine Advocate

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!