2009 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)
100 points Suckling: "The second you put your nose in the glass, you know that it is 100 points. The combination of sweet tobacco, fresh flowers, currants and sultanas on the nose leaves me breathless. Turns to cocoa powder and freshness..." (02/12) 98-100 points Parker: "There is not a hard edge to be found in this inky/purple-colored wine displaying notes of charcoal, incense, black currants, and licorice. In the mouth, it represents a liqueur of black fruits offered in a remarkably full-bodied, incredibly elegant, lush style. Expansive, savory, staggeringly concentrated..." 96-99 points Spectator: "Offers currant and wild raspberry, with a lilac and exotic character on the nose, turning to sweet tobacco and cedar. Full-bodied, showing very racy tannins and a balance of pretty fruit. This is powerful yet elegant..." 96-99 Tanzer's IWC: "...The deep, intense nose is a bit more forward than usual for Lafite, displaying classic, pure aromas of cassis, cedar and graphite. Enters the mouth beautifully pure and fresh, with laser-like precision to its deceptively light blackcurrant, blackberry, cedar and mineral flavors. The exceptionally refined tannins give this wine an utterly seamless quality on the pure, extremely long, mineral-driven finish...This may yet turn out to be the wine of the vintage, and is an archetypical expression of great Bordeaux cabernet sauvignon." Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive late 2011 to 2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.