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Château Lafite-Rothschild 1985

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Estimate: £650 - £850
ca. US$882 - US$1,154
Price realised:  £720
ca. US$977
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Château Lafite-Rothschild 1985
1 magnum per lot
Château Lafite-Rothschild 1985 Pauillac, 1er cru classé Worn capsule, corroded. Bin-soiled label. Level into neck Tasting note: At Lloyd Flatt’s monumental Lafite tasting in 1988 I gave it one of my highest marks (19/20). At the age of three, it had a very deep, lovely purple colour; sweet, rich, very fragrant nose, and on the palate, good fruit, with all the component parts in place. Not too massive, not too dry, not too anything; just with excellent potential. It has progressed steadily, with scarcely a note out of place. In 2002 a magnum: medium-deep, mature, ‘warm’ and inviting; bricky, vanillin; sweet, perfect weight and balance, soft, lovely, with a surprisingly spicy finish. Opening up beautifully, Nov. 2005, adding ’will age well’. Most recently: still deep, fairly intense, velvety; very fragrant bouquet, slightly ‘bricky’, cedar, oyster shell; medium sweetness and body, good length, dry finish. Classic. Needs time. Last tasted April 2006 ***(**) 2008 – 2025 M.B. 1 magnum per lot

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Fine and Rare Wines including a Superb Selection from the cellars of the Earl of Halifax
Date of the auction: 21 Sep 2017
Address: Christie's
London