Lot 27

CHÂTEAU LAFITE-ROTHSCHILD 1995 (1) 95 WA CHÂTEAU CHEVAL BLANC 1995 (1) 92 WA CHÂTEAU HAUT-BRION 1995 (1) 96 WA CHÂTEAU LATOUR 1995 (1) 94 WS 96 WA CHÂTEAU LA FLEUR-PÉTRUS 1995 (1) 93 WA


CHÂTEAU LAFITE-ROTHSCHILD 1995 (1) PAUILLAC. 1ER CRU CLASSÉ THE 1995 LAFITE-ROTHSCHILD (ONLY ONE-THIRD OF THE HARVEST MADE IT INTO THE FINAL BLEND) IS A BLEND OF 75% CABERNET SAUVIGNON, 17% MERLOT, AND 8% CABERNET FRANC. THE WINE WAS SHOWING SPECTACULARLY WELL WHEN I TASTED IT IN NOVEMBER, 1997. IT EXHIBITS A DARK RUBY PURPLE COLOR, AND A SWEET, POWDERED MINERAL, SMOKY, WEEDY CASSIS-SCENTED NOSE. BEAUTIFUL SWEETNESS OF FRUIT IS PRESENT IN THIS MEDIUM-BODIED, TIGHTLY-KNIT, BUT GLORIOUSLY PURE, WELL-DELINEATED LAFITE. THE 1995 IS NOT AS POWERFUL OR AS MASSIVE AS THE 1996, BUT IT IS BEAUTIFULLY MADE WITH OUTSTANDING CREDENTIALS, IN ADDITION TO REMARKABLE PROMISE. ANTICIPATED MATURITY: 2008-2028. FEBRUARY 1998 95 WA CHÂTEAU CHEVAL BLANC 1995 (1) SAINT-ÉMILION. PREMIER GRAND CRU CLASSÉ 92 WA CHÂTEAU HAUT-BRION 1995 (1) PESSAC-LÉOGNAN. 1ER CRU CLASSÉ IT IS FUN TO GO BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN THE 1995 AND 1996, TWO SUPERB VINTAGES FOR HAUT-BRION. THE 1995 SEEMS TO HAVE SWEETER TANNIN AND A BIT MORE FAT AND SEAMLESSNESS WHEN COMPARED TO THE MORE STRUCTURED AND MUSCULAR 1996. CERTAINLY 1995 WAS A VINTAGE THAT THE BRILLIANT ADMINISTRATOR JEAN DELMAS HANDLED FLAWLESSLY. THE RESULT IS A DEEP RUBY/PURPLE-COLORED WINE WITH A TIGHT BUT PROMISING NOSE OF BURNING WOOD EMBERS INTERMIXED WITH VANILLA, SPICE BOX, EARTH, MINERAL, SWEET CHERRY, BLACK CURRANT, PLUM-LIKE FRUIT, MEDIUM TO FULL BODY, A HIGH LEVEL OF RIPE BUT SWEET TANNIN, AND A FINISH THAT GOES ON FOR A GOOD 40-45 SECONDS. THIS WINE IS JUST BEGINNING TO EMERGE FROM A VERY CLOSED STATE WHERE IT WAS UNYIELDING AND BACKWARD. ANTICIPATED MATURITY: 2006-2035. LAST TASTED, 11/02. 96 WA CHÂTEAU LATOUR 1995 (1) PAUILLAC. 1ER CRU CLASSÉ DEEP GARNET-BRICK IN COLOR, THE NOSE IS WELL DEVELOPED, DISPLAYING DRIED BERRY, LEATHER, VANILLA POD AND ANISE NOTES WITH A FAINT WHIFF OF POTPOURRI. THE PALATE IS WONDERFULLY FLESHY AND OPULENT WITH VELVETY, APPROACHABLE TANNINS AND A LONG FINISH. 94 WS 96 WA CHÂTEAU LA FLEUR-PÉTRUS 1995 (1) POMEROL. 93 WA 5 BTS. PER LOT $2,600 - $3,200




Price Realised: $4140



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