Château Lafite-Rothschild, Ch. Lafite Rothschild 1994
This lot was part of our auction «small bottle party !» on 01.04.2023.
Château Lafite-Rothschild, Ch. Lafite Rothschild, 1994
1 x 0.750L
90 / 100 Robert Parker Because Lafite-Rothschild (1) tends to lack the weight of many wines of the northern Medoc, and (2) is never a flashy, ostentatious style of wine, it is often more difficult to evaluate when young than some of its neighbors. Made from nearly 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, this dark ruby/purple-colored wine is stubbornly backward, unappealing, and severe and astringent on the palate. There is plenty of weight, and the wine possesses admirable purity, with no suggestion of herbaceousness or underripe fruit, but the wine's personality refuses to be coaxed from the glass. The 1994 Lafite may turn out to be austere and disappointing flavor-wise, but possesses a fabulous set of aromatics (does that sound reminiscent of the 1961, another Lafite that was primarily Cabernet Sauvignon?). I am not giving up on this wine, but purchasers should be willing to wait 15-20 years before pulling a cork. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030. Wine Advocate #109 Feb 1997
93 / 100 Wine Spectator A luscious Lafite that is silky and elegant with layers of wonderful violet, berry, cherry and chocolate flavors. It's full-bodied, with racy, refined tannins and good length. Drinkable now, but best from 1999 and through another decade. 18,750 cases made.
14 / 20 Jancis Robinson Mid-crimson with a watery rim. Mid-intensity on the nose. Flavour slightly cooked? Austere and mean on the palate. Very tart and pinched. http://www.jancisrobinson.com/tastings/search?perpage=20&k..