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1995 Château Lafite Rothschild

Pauillac, 1er cru classé
(OWC)

ex-château; recent library release help
 
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PRICE:
$2,285.00 per Magnum (1.5L)

SIZE:
1.5L

AVAILABLE:
1 Magnum (1.5L)

 

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TASTING NOTES

"Here's the best Lafite in ages. It's a polished Bordeaux, extremely sophisticated and harmonious, with blackberry, dark chocolate and olive aromas. Full-bodied and very silky, with a lovely fruity chocolate aftertaste. Needs cellaring, but who can wait? Best after 2000. 20,000 cases made." Wine Spectator
(WS, 01/31/1998)

Rating: 97
Drink from: 2000


The 1995 Lafite-Rothschild (only one-third of the harvest made it into the final blend) is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and 8% Cabernet Franc. The wine was showing spectacularly well when I tasted it in November, 1997. It exhibits a dark ruby purple color, and a sweet, powdered mineral, smoky, weedy cassis-scented nose. Beautiful sweetness of fruit is present in this medium-bodied, tightly-knit, but gloriously pure, well-delineated Lafite. The 1995 is not as powerful or as massive as the 1996, but it is beautifully made with outstanding credentials, in addition to remarkable promise. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2028." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #115
(WA, 02/01/1998)

Rating: 95
Drink from: 2008-2028


"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." Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com
(AG, 05/01/1998)

Rating: 93+


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