Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru Classé Bordeaux 1961

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Tasted from magnum. A really good, suave example of Lafite from a vintage in which it often tastes harsh and unyielding with tannins. This bottle b... Read more

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/08/2010

Tasted from magnum. A really good, suave example of Lafite from a vintage in which it often tastes harsh and unyielding with tannins. This bottle blends spicy, nutmeglike aromas with abundant fruit flavors and meaty undertones. It is plenty firm and ... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1961 Lafite-Rothschild 1500ml


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This wine has a phenomenal reputation. However, I have now tasted the wine on eight separate occasions where I found it to be shockingly light, too acidic, disturbingly austere, and surprisingly ungenerous for a 1961. Moreover, recent tastings have suggested that the wine was clearly drying out. The color is light ruby with a brownish cast. The wine does have the penetrating ``cigar box'' Lafite bouquet, yet it seems shy, given the legendary status of this wine. Lacking the weight, concentration, and majesty of the great 1961s, this is a wine about which far too many writers have euphemistically said that it ``needed time,'' was ``elegant,'' or ``not properly understood,'' when they should have used the words overrated and disappointing. In the context of the vintage and the estate of Lafite-Rothschild, it represents an indifferent winemaking effort. Caveat emptor.

This wine has a phenomenal reputation. However, I have now tasted the wine on eight separate occasions where I found it to be shockingly light, too acidic, disturbingly austere, and surprisingly ungenerous for a 1961. Moreover, recent tastings have suggested that the wine was clearly drying out. The color is light ruby with a brownish cast. The wine does have the penetrating ``cigar box'' Lafite bouquet, yet it seems shy, given the legendary status of this wine. Lacking the weight, concentration, and majesty of the great 1961s, this is a wine about which far too many writers have euphemistically said that it ``needed time,'' was ``elegant,'' or ``not properly understood,'' when they should have used the words overrated and disappointing. In the context of the vintage and the estate of Lafite-Rothschild, it represents an indifferent winemaking effort. Caveat emptor.

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