The rim looks even older than the Carruades rim. Deep ruby with definite rust on the rim. Big and broad. Rather appealing liquorice note. Very charming with the real race and ballerina-like quality of Lafite itself, but very seductive indeed with velvety tannins.
Made from a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon/20% Merlot, the 1995 is slightly sweeter, more supple and slender than the broader-shouldered 1996. The wine's bouquet offers aromas of ripe berry fruit intermixed with minerals, toasty oak, and spice. Medium-bodied, with fine extract, it is a finesse-styled Pauillac (in the best sense of the word).
This was disappointing. The fruit is not showing through. Tannins still fairly present. Not sure the fruit will develop to absorb and integrate the tannins. Muted and angular wine. Hopeful this will develop with more bottle time.