Château Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 1985

9.477 ratings on Delectable$595.00

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The 1985 Lafite-Rothschild is only a modest success in the context of the vintage. Here, it is totally outclassed by the 1985 Las Cases. Light, slightly loose-knit red berry fruit on the nose is complemented by warm gravel and smoky aromas, though it lacks a bit of energy. The palate is nicely balanced, not powerful but focused, with adequate freshness. As mentioned in my previous tasting note, this has dispensed with some density in recent years, and if your expectations are modest, it remains enjoyable. Tasted at Hameau de Barbaron in Burgundy. (Neal Martin Vinous, December 2019)

The 1985 Lafite-Rothschild is only a modest success in the context of the vintage. Here, it is totally outclassed by the 1985 Las Cases. Light, slightly loose-knit red berry fruit on the nose is complemented by warm gravel and smoky aromas, though it lacks a bit of energy. The palate is nicely balanced, not powerful but focused, with adequate freshness. As mentioned in my previous tasting note, this has dispensed with some density in recent years, and if your expectations are modest, it remains enjoyable. Tasted at Hameau de Barbaron in Burgundy. (Neal Martin Vinous, December 2019)

9.3

Kevin Ortzman Delectable Pro

Dirt and tree bark on the nose, reasonably balanced for it's age with a longer than expected sour cherry finish.

Dirt and tree bark on the nose, reasonably balanced for it's age with a longer than expected sour cherry finish.

9.1

Steve Matthiasson Delectable Pro

Owner/Winemaker Matthiasson Wines

Impeccable wine. On point. There is no doubt that the vineyards are great and the team was top notch.

Impeccable wine. On point. There is no doubt that the vineyards are great and the team was top notch.

9.5

Kevin Ortzman Delectable Pro

Did a side by side with Petrus (I know, I was slumming tonight). Petrus held better on the finish, Lafite more appealing on the initial nose, but faded quickly. Overall, the win goes to Petrus.

Did a side by side with Petrus (I know, I was slumming tonight). Petrus held better on the finish, Lafite more appealing on the initial nose, but faded quickly. Overall, the win goes to Petrus.

8.7