If you are looking for a wine to show someone what advanced age does to a well-made bordeaux, this is an excellent choice. Everything I look for in a wine was here. It doesn’t shout at you; it whispers seductively in your ear. Soft but not flabby, friendly but not frivolous . . . just plain delicious. If your life isn’t working out, drink more wines like this.
I like vacation, and I am damn good at it. Sorry to see it go.
I had a '70 Lafite a few years ago which didn’t whisper, it groaned, wasn’t soft, but crumbling, not friendly, but crabby,… just plain awful. Gimmie a flavorable 15.5 SQN any day of the week and twice on Sunday.
Not altogether surprised by this. Not a good time for Lafite, and I have yet to have decent bottle of it. But poor as it is, it wouldn’t drive me to SQN, Figeac at a fraction of the price (and alcohol) would be a very satisfactory choice.
Been a few years since I had the '70 Figeac but remember it fondly. I still have half a case of '70 Belair left though, bought at auction a few years ago. Although there’s more bottle variation, I’ve had a couple of great bottles of this recently. Never tried the Magdelaine.
As for the '70 Lafite I’ve never tried this wither but it doesn’t have a great reputation. In fact as far as I understand this was the chateau at their lowest ebb. I’ve had stunning bottles of '62 and '75 though so don’t agree with the oft-held notion that everything post-war before the '82 can be discounted.