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Tasting Notes for Lafite Rothschild, 1966:
Except for the 1966 and 1870 vintages of Lafite-Rothschild, these wines were poured on virgin territory on my palate. Isn't it ironic that the most disappointing wine (forgetting the spoiled 1875 Lafite-Rothschild, which had frightful levels of volatile acidity) was the youngest wine, the 1966 Lafite. With a light to medium ruby/garnet color, this wine exhibited a classy, weedy, herbal, Cabernet-dominated nose, soft, washed-out flavors, and little body and length. It is also beginning to dry out. I suppose if one were to taste a 30-year old Cabernet from Monterey County, California, it might reveal similar characteristics. The 1966 Lafite-Rothschild has consistently been a major disappointment from what is an irregular, but very good vintage. The notes for this wine are taken from the description of Series V - Flight A of the 1995 tasting conducted in Munich by Helga and Hardy Rodenstock.
Wine Advocate # 103 Feb 1996
Parker Points: 84
Drinking Period: -
Tasting Notes for Pape Clement, 1966:
This wine has been fully mature since the early seventies, and has always represented one of the best examples of this estate's style. It is consistently elegant, with Pape-Clement's telltale bouquet of smoky tobacco and earthy, cedary, currant fruit. Since the late seventies, the 1966 has ever-so-slowly begun to lose some intensity and take on more amber color. The wine is still very good, but the acidity and tannins are more noticeable in the finish, and the fruit is less intense. This was once a beautiful, elegant wine that is now beginning to decline. Anticipated maturity: Now. Last tasted, 11/87.
Parker Points: 85
Drinking Period: -
Tasting Notes for Pichon Lalande, 1966:
Now ready to drink, this moderately dark ruby-colored wine has a rich, toasty, peppery, somewhat minty bouquet, and firm, fleshy, tannic flavors. Medium bodied, with good concentration, as well as the austerity that marks the vintage, the 1966 Pichon Lalande should be drunk over the next decade. Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Parker Points: 88
Drinking Period: 1988-2000