2005 Lafite Rothschild- 750 ml
Wine Critic Reviews:
Decanter | 100 DEC
Sokolin 2005 Lafite Rothschild Tasting Notes:
And by all, we mean a lavish, incredible bouquet of black currant and cedar with some hints of chocolate and beautiful minerals. We also mean a ravishing, deep color sitting so elegantly in your glass. We mean the explosion of taste on your palate. You simply cannot decide what you like more - the velvety, smooth texture of this full-bodies Cabernet blend, the majestic balance between sweetness and acidity, the energy this wine awakens within your soul, or the polished tannins and delightful, pure dark fruit flavors.
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|Country||France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.|
|Region||Bordeaux: Even among the greatest and most reputable wine regions on the planet, Bordeaux stands above the rest. The winemakers of this region have a single-minded dedication to the fine art of viticulture and their efforts never fail to show. If you consider yourself a fine wine enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to visit Bordeaux - life changing. Whether you wish to drink some inspirational and gripping wine as soon as possible, or you want to add some masterpieces to your collection, no region on Earth is a more obvious choice. The noble and beautiful Garonne and Dordogne rivers surge through southwestern France, enriching the soil in a way very few other places can boast. The limestone-based earth is rich in calcium, and the almost oceanic climate conditions give the staple Bordeaux grape varietals vigor and flavor like nowhere else. For their illustrious reds, Bordeaux winemakers rely on a proven combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Meanwhile, a sip of their excellent white wine hints at the use of Semillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc.Each of these varietals carries a unique identity, making every quality wine a character piece to rival Citizen Kane. It can be incredibly hard to choose only a few wines to collect for your cellar!|
|Type of Wine||Bordeaux Red: Picture in your mind a combination of cedar, lead pencil, blackcurrant, plum and mineral aromatics, and texture that caresses your palate like a playful lover. The experience is thrilling from the first whiff to the final seconds of a tannic, generous finish - that is what you'll get from a Bordeaux Red|
|Varietal||Bordeaux Blend: Since its birth in France, the art of Bordeaux-inspired blends has been brought to regions like California, and Washington, where New World visionaries add their own unique spin to the formula, creating mouth-watering tributes to Bordeaux's viticultural greatness. Today, with a compelling cultural mixture, sampling Bordeaux blends is more excited than ever.|
proud to have a jewel like this in my cellarLoaded with ripeness, dark plum and cherry, the color of it said enough on its own. A fresh, enticing vintage with violets and soil and a powerful force behind it, a side like beastiality. The 2005 is a pinnacle moment for Lafite and that's not one man's opinion. Swift and packed with aroma, gorgeously layered and prolonged infinitely. The first bottle was gone in a moment's time but I was gifted a second one, a gift for which I'm eternally grateful. I'm proud to have a jewel like this in my cellar, waiting for an occasion worthy of such a big and beautiful presence.
second tasting wasn't the sameI had this wine at a party, a sample among some others and it completely blew my mind. Its tobacco and cherry spirit offset by perfect acidity and tastefully highlighted by mineral streaks and pencil shavings. The texture I couldn't believe was so effortlessly smooth and the finish I don't even need to mention, as the wine was all I was talking about the entire evening. I don't know what happened, but once I uncorked my own bottle, the experience wasn't the same. Perhaps I'd built it up so much over the course of the party that my memory of it got a bit distorted. I suppose it's one of those experiences that don't hit you the same way the second time around as they did initially. Don't get me wrong, the wine is excellent and I was happy to drink it again, but the first impressions remain unsurmountable.