Château Lafite-Rothschild 2005, Double Magnum (3L)
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• Domaine: Château Lafite-Rothschild
• A.O.C.: Pauillac
• Classification: First Growth, 1èr Grand Cru Classé in 1855
(Reading the tasting notes written over a decade, we couldn't help noticing how RP's opinion evolved over time.)
"Beautiful, elegant red, blue and black fruits (89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Merlot) as well as some graphite and spice notes jump from the glass of the 2005 Lafite Rothschild. Medium-bodied, with superb purity and texture, this is not a blockbuster by any means, but a meticulously made, lovely-textured Pauillac. Long and pure, this wine should drink well for 25-30 years. There is no danger in pulling the cork on it today." - Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate (6/28/2015, Issue 219), Ratings: 95, Drink: 2015-2045
"While the 2005 is another brilliantly classic Lafite Rothschild, for my taste, it comes in slightly behind their extraordinarily opulent 2003 as well as the dramatically powerful 2000. A blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Merlot, the 2005 boasts a dark ruby/purple color in addition to that exceptional Lafite perfume of graphite, spring flowers, crushed rocks, and sweet black cherry and black currant fruit that exudes class and nobility. The wine is medium-bodied with extremely high levels of tannin in addition to sensational purity, length, and overall harmony. However, it is exceptionally backward, and even more tannic than either the 1995 or 1996. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2050+" - Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate (4/29/2008, Issue 176), Ratings: 96+
"Delivers blackberry, dried porcini, tobacco and licorice aromas. Full bodied with layers of velvety tannins and loads of dark chocolate, cigar box, currant, berry & mineral. The finish is long. Very beautiful and balanced." - Wine Spectator
"Bright medium ruby. Knockout nose combines black- and redcurrant, minerals, graphite, licorice and lavender. Wonderfully suave and seamless, but with great purity and precision of flavor..." Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com, Ratings: 97
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