Ratings & Tasting notes:
94 points Wine Spectator
Tasted from magnum. A really good, suave example of Lafite from a vintage in which it often tastes harsh and unyielding with tannins. This bottle blends spicy, nutmeglike aromas with abundant fruit flavors and meaty undertones. It is plenty firm and tannic, but not overly so. The finish is exceptionally long, too. (4/1996)
93 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
A Possible Legend Candidate. Only once out of ten bottles has the 1961 merited an outstanding rating. (Rated 91 points in 12/1993, from magnum: “After a dozen or more disappointing examples of this wine in a regular format (750 ml), I finally bestowed an outstanding rating on this renowned wine. This magnum possessed surprisingly deep color for Lafite, a sweet, caramel, cedary, lead pencil-scented nose, rich, medium-bodied, spicy flavors with noticeable tannin, high acidity, and a long finish. Other examples of the 1961 Lafite have displayed a light color with considerable orange/rush, attenuated, thin flavors, and excessive acidity. There has been speculation that the 1961 Lafite was bottled over an extraordinarily long time, and that the earlier-bottled examples possess more fruit than those bottled later. Who can say?”) (10/1994)
Stored in a climate controlled cellar on its side in the dark at 55 degrees F and 75% humidity since purchase.
Please note: The bottle shown is the exact item being sold.
Capsule: Minimal corrosion. Some minor scuffs as shown.
Fill Level: Upper mid-shoulder
Cork: Full and tight.
Wine Color/Clarity: Excellent color and clarity.