Good full ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of cassis, graphite and cedar chips, lifted by peppery and floral high notes. Densely packed and superconcentrated but light on its feet, with compelling flavors of spicy berries and minerals. The very long, slow-building finish stains the palate with flavor. Very backward but not austere; and unlike some recent vintages of Lafite, which could appear deceptively light in the early going, this showcases its density and ripeness from the outset. I have the impression that most of the less-ripe fruit was declassified into the far lighter Carruades de Lafite (87), which shows a distinctly cool style for the year.
Region: Bordeaux Denomination: Pauillac AOC, 1er Grand Cru Classé Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc Maturation and / or Refinement: - Alcohol content: 13.5% Service temperature: 16/18 °C
94 points by Rare Wine 95 points by Robert Parker 95 points by Wine Spectator