Robert Parker – 94
Tasted at BI Wine & Spirits’ 10-Years-On tasting, the 2007 Lafite-Rothschild has an elegant cigar box bouquet, with dusky black fruit and a touch of antique bureau-just classic Lafite. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, cedar and tobacco infusing the black fruit, classic in style with a conservative yet focused finish that lingers in the mouth. This is certainly the most subtle First Growth, but one of the most refined too-a sophisticated but understated Lafite-Rothschild that will age with discrete style. Tasted February 2017.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2035
JancisRobinson.com – 18
From magnum. Still deeply red at the core and ruby at the rim. Fragrant with darker fruit and a touch of coffee, lots of oak and spice too, as well as plenty of graphite-dark fruit. Savoury, very dry and gorgeous. Perhaps not the longest lasting but deliciously savoury and mouth-wateringly moreish. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035
Vinous – 90-93
(84% cabernet sauvignon, 15% merlot and 1% petit verdot) Good bright ruby. Cassis, minerals, licorice and mint lifted by spices on the nose. Moderately dense and fruit-driven, with lovely mouthcoating breadth to the dark berry, spice and fresh herb flavors; remains just this side of peppery. Best today on the subtle but very persistent finish, which features very fine-grained tannins, a restrained sweetness and a captivating vibrancy. Among the most suave and refined examples of the vintage.