1970 Château Lafite Rothschild- France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac (11/21/2015)
When I first opened this, it smelled and tasted like an over the hill bordeaux. After an hour in the decanter, the wine came alive. Strawberry, graphite, and cassis were most prominent with hints of tobacco leaf, wet rocks, and rhubarb all present. I see why Lafite commands such a following.
I love it when dead old wines come alive after an hour.
I was told to be careful of Lafite and Margaux, in particular, in the 1970’s, not their best decade for quality control.
I put together a tasting of 1970 Bordeaux a couple of months ago but for the first growths, coincidentally Lafite and Margaux, the provenance had killed the wines. Muddy. The lesser wines from another source were lively.