2006 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)
92-94 points Wine Spectator: "Racy and long, with beautiful blackberry and light coffee character and a licorice undertone. Full and racy, with a long, long finish. Structured and powerful, yet builds on the palate. Close to 95-100." (03/07) 91-94 points Robert Parker: "Lafite’s Merlot harvest occurred between September 15-22, and the Cabernet Sauvignon from September 27 until the end of the first week of October. Only 42% of the production made it into the grand vin (a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot). The 2006 is a tannic, restrained effort that brings to mind the 1988. A deep ruby/purple color is followed by sweet aromas of graphite, creme de cassis, spice, and subtle wood. Medium-bodied and richly fruity with decent acidity and a long finish, it will require 8-10 years of cellaring, and should keep for 4-5 decades." (04/07) K&L's notes - 82% cabernet sauvignon, 16% merlot and 2% petit verdot. Very spicy, minty aromas. Some chocolate flavors and fine structure. Classic style and not as opulent as 2005. Very, very good but a step behind 2005. **+ RS: Exotic ripe grapes, strong acid, crisp, long and elegant-distance runner. Please note - 2006 Bordeaux futures are not in stock, but will arrive between Jan 2009 and Dec 2009. We will contact you for shipping instructions.