World Wide Estates: Domaines Baron de Rothschild/Lafite.
The Rothschild’s have made their mark in the wine world and any wine lover visiting the wines of Bordeaux, whether on location or not, should include at least one of their wines. Consistency has been a trademark. Quality has been another. At times they have hit the ball out of the park and more frequently, they have produced throughout their range of wines products that demand attention and score well.
My first introduction to Bordeaux wines was the humble Mouton Cadet. However, it had
enough of the real thing to encourage my exploration and love of Bordeaux wines. But Bordeaux is changing fast. The methods or the New World and the influences of technology are being adopted and felt as I have already remarked in other articles. What you thought of Bordeaux may not be true anymore, but one thing will be true: Bordeaux is still a top ranking name in the world of wine.
Now to a reasonably priced but still impressive current offering: Domaines Baron de Rothschild/Lafite Reserve Speciale, Bordeaux. It is in my glass and I will make some comments that you can add to, so get yourself a glass and evaluate with me. The one I tasted had been on argon for a while and seemed none the worse for the passage of time. If the delivery system is foolproof, argon can be best way to keep a wine in perfect condition.
First impression as I tilted my glass was dark, dark, almost black at the core. Aromas! Yes, for a Bordeaux of this price all I could have expected — blackberry and some black currant of course, blueberry, licorice, caramel, and toast all presented with an edge of minerality. So far, not disappointing and, in fact, an interesting, complex, soft nose with promise.
It’s medium to full bodied with strong, young tannins a medium length and a pleasant finish. If compared with a Napa Cab, I found it less fruity and, as might be expected, more of the Old World minerality showing. Some ability to age a little can be expected. The left bank of Bordeaux is not Cabernet Sauvignon but the famous blend of grapes dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon that makes for a distinctive wine copied the world over.
Taste! Your comments count. We all experience wine through the emotional bank of our memories and so, yes, you are right. Enjoy.