Lafite Rothschild 1985

Pauillac, First Growth

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Tasting Notes

Ruby and not that dense. A little bit of brett? Sweet but also quite chewy. This seemed very ripe but not crystal clear. Tough in some ways but with some lusciousness too. I thought it was a Pauillac 1982 but didn't, as with the other two wines served blind with it, get that it was a first growth.

Score: 17 - 18

Jancis Robinson MW, Maturity: 2000-2015 16 August 2010

Medium red. Rather unforthcoming nose hints at redcurrant and cedar, along with a faint herbaceousness. Strong in extract and high in acidity, but today the wine flesh and fruit are dominated by its structure and grip. A marginally disappointing showing for Lafite, in which herbaceous hints and lack of flesh give the wine a slightly disjointed character. I would like to have found greater mid-palate verve. Drink now through 2012.

Score: 90

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar Maturity: 2002-2012 01 July 2002

The 1985 Lafite should be better, but for followers of fashion, its star-studded price will fetch you a moderately intense, cedary, woody, herb-and-leather-scented bouquet, and attractive, very forward and developed flavors displayed in a medium-bodied format. The finish is softly tannic and after a pensive sip, one is likely to ask, Is this all there is?

Score: 87

Robert Parker, 'Bordeaux' 3rd Ed. Maturity: 1991-2008 01 January 1998

The 1985 Lafite is revealing more class and complexity than I predicted. A moderately intense, cedary, woody, herb and berry-scented bouquet is attractive. The wine is open-knit and ripe, with fine tannins, sweet, medium-bodied, mineral, and cassis-scented flavors, fine depth, and a graceful, harmonious feel. It is beginning to blossom and appears to possess more depth and character than I had thought.

Score: 90

Robert Parker, Maturity: 1995-2010 01 August 1993

A graceful wine with cedar, berry and cherry aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a succulent, sweet fruit finish. Delicious to drink now.

Score: 90

James Suckling, Wine Spectator 15 September 1996