2004 Lafite Rothschild- 6L
Wine Critic Reviews:
Wine Enthusiast | 96 WE
...It has a wondrous bouquet, very sensual and pure with blackberry, graphite and cedar - all the hallmarks of Pauillac, delivered with great panache. It is more opulent than I recall. The palate is medium-bodied with silky tannins, pitch-perfect acidity and a beautiful structure. There is a regal sense to this Lafite, understated compared to the other First Growths and yet the persistence on the finish deserves a round of applause, especially in the context of the vintage. This is superb and could possibly turn out to be the pick of the Firsts...
Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 95 RP
The 2004 Lafite-Rothschild appears to be another late-bloomer in the sense that this 12-year-old bottle is the best I have tasted, implying an upward swing in quality. It has a wondrous bouquet, very sensual and pure with blackberry, graphite and cedar - all the hallmarks of Pauillac, delivered with great panache. It is more opulent than I recall. The palate is medium-bodied with silky tannins, pitch-perfect acidity and a beautiful structure. There is a regal sense to this Lafite, understated compared to the other First Growths and yet the persistence on the finish deserves a round of applause, especially in the context of the vintage. This is superb and could possibly turn out to be the pick of the Firsts. Tasted September 2016.
Robert Parker Neal Martin | 95 RP-NM
(90.5% cabernet sauvignon, 9% merlot and 0.5% petit verdot) Bright ruby. Highly expressive aromas of cassis, violet, licorice, minerals and cedar. Intensely flavored and penetrating but not at all hard. A moderately dense vintage for Lafite but extremely suave and sharply delineated. Conveys an impression of urgent cabernet fruit. Firmly built, classy wine, finishing with sweet tannins and lovely floral persistence. A bit less inscrutable than usual for Lafite at this early stage. This will need eight years or so of bottle aging.
Vinous Media | 95 VM
The most aristocratic of the Pauillac premier crus in this vintage, Lafite captures the pure black-currant flavor of fine cabernet sauvignon. Though oak blocks the aroma for now, a river of fruit runs through the taste into a long, expansive finish. The wine is layered and palate coating, its luscious fruit tamed by firm, mineral tannin. Elegant.
Diageo Château & Estate Wines, NY
Wine & Spirits | 95 W&S
Intense aromas of currant, coffee, toasty oak and sweet tobacco follow through to a full-bodied palate, with velvety tannins, great mouthfeel and a long finish. A refined Lafite. Best after 2012. 22,080 cases made.
Wine Spectator | 93 WS
Sokolin 2004 Lafite Rothschild Tasting Notes:
The intense nose will immediately let you know how strong the character of this red beauty is. The otherworldly aromas of coffee, black cherries, cassis and some minerally tones will leave you breathless and wanting to taste this beverage right away. The spectacular mouthfeel starts developing at the very first touch - your taste buds will dive into the gorgeous velvety texture and dazzling flavors of cedar, red currant and fresh, youthful acidity with a terrific, long aftertaste.
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for now it seems a bit shy but with a lot of potential.Cool and leafy on the nose, as if acting aloof, though there are plenty of fruit juices in the air that lured me in. The wine is sprightly but all about the poise, gentle and caressing in every way. Herbs and graphite deepen into the palate of wild berries with a focused direction and gentle mouth feel. A lovely medium-weight wine with a sweet, fragrant finish. It's clearly a slow-bloomer of the bunch and needs to let in more, for now it seems a bit shy but with a lot of potential. Wife loved the airy, delicate atmosphere this wine provides but I prefer the old-school Lafite, seasoned and unrestrained.
thrilling opulence and grace, the taste lingered on and onMy wife and I attended a friend's party and were introduced to this beautiful wine then and there. Though we both share a sweet tooth when it comes to wine, this bottle was enough to convince us to be more open to experiment, if not completely convert us to savory red. We loved it! The colorful aromas, the incredibly precise palate of minerals and leafy greens and some tobacco alongside the red berry character, the softness of the texture and tannins despite the wine being so potent and rich. It didn't leave a dry feel as we feared; instead of it was a thrilling opulence and grace, the taste lingered on and on. A charming surprise and a vintage we will never forget.