There is a remaining first growth I have yet put in my mouth -> Chateau Lafite Rothschild. Lafite, the most famous wine in China (or probably in the world) has broken record again, again and again for its price, due to the tremendous demand.
Lafite, the no1 first growth out of 4 in 1855 Bordeaux Classification (the last first growth, Chateau Mouton Rothschild was elevated in 1973) and to the status and quality, it is one of the most expensive red wines in the world. A Lafite in normal vintage would cost too much 2yrs ago, at about S$600 per bottle. However, every single bottle of Lafite, be it weak vintage or fark-up vintage, is at least S$1000 per bottle now which mean, I will not see any Lafite in my cellar and perhaps, in my stomach.
But hey, thanks to my buddy that I have had a sip of Lafite, at last! Still young for sure, tight, unyielding but it is so finely crafted, everything is so balance and elegance without sacrifice the scale and depth that slowly build on the palate and if you don’t pay attention, you will miss the detail and pleasure. To me, an intellectual wine.
Tasting Note ::
2002 Château Lafite Rothschild (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
- Alcohol :: 12.5%
Opened for 2hrs. As expect, both nose and palate is tight and possibly close to shut down stage. Focus, deep aromas of pencil shaving, earth, ink, dark floral bouquet with underlying blackberry fruits. Medium bodied, pretty light entry that slowly build on weight on the mid palate, big scale, amazing depth and well definition. Quite acidic, but it is so lively and well-shaped acid spine with superb silky tannin that cover the underlying blackberry fruits. Impeccable balance, this is so refine and elegance though the wine is about to shut down with oak, tannin and acid dominant the flavor profile, I have no problem to swallow and appreciate the drinking pleasure and the accumulated impact on the mouth. Very persistent, detail finish that last very long with pencil leads and mineral aftertaste. Stunning 2002 and will be even better in another 5yrs. Buy – Not at current market price.
- Alcohol :: 12.5%
Day 2. This has become very expressive on the nose though still dominant by pencil shaving and ink, but the sweet dark fruits has surfaced along with crushed rock, roasted, earth and perfume floral tones, very deep and complex that suck me in it. Acidic, the palate is still not ready, but the superb fine texture, definition and detail is there and similar to yesterday, the elegance entry is culminated into really good depth and scale that leads to fine, silky fresh finish with trace of alcohol heat. Buy – Not at current market price.