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2009 Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1er Grand Cru Classe Pre-Arrival Offer
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The 2009 Lafite Rothschild is a candidate for "wine of the vintage." Although the 2003 was powerful (12.9% alcohol), the 2009 came in at 13.4% alcohol. It is a blend of 82.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot. Only 45% of the crop went into the grand vin, which may be the most concentrated Lafite I have ever tasted. There is not a hard edge to be found in this inky/purple-colored wine displaying notes of charcoal, incense, black currants, and licorice. In the mouth, it represents a liqueur of black fruits offered in a remarkably full-bodied, incredibly elegant, lush style. Expansive, savory, staggeringly concentrated, and voluptuous as well as wonderfully precise with a hint of minerality, this sensational wine's technical numbers are off the charts. Is this a replay of the 1959? Although it will be surprisingly approachable in its youth, this is a 50-100-year wine. (Tasted once) Drink: 2010 – 2110
Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate # 188 Apr 2010 Offers currant and wild raspberry, with a lilac and exotic character on the nose, turning to sweet tobacco and cedar. Full-bodied, showing very racy tannins and a balance of pretty fruit. This is powerful yet elegant, almost delicate, with a wonderful polish. But then the tannins take off. Muscular yet agile. A very classic Bordeaux style.
James Suckling - Wine Spectator Conditions of Pre Arrival Offer: 1. No minimum order quantities apply. 2. All wines are 750ml unless indicated otherwise. 3. As stocks are extremely limited all orders will be confirmed as available before payment is processed. 4. The wines are due to arrive in late 2012. 5. Nicks Wine Merchants reserve the right to pass on any changes in Government duties and taxes and delivery charges from the date of order to the date of final delivery of the wine. 6. Errors and omissions excepted. 7. Delivery charges apply to any order under $200 in value- these can be found here: www.nicks.com.au/index.aspx?link_id=70.440