Our delightful table of four allowed me to chose their wine tonight, and within the parameters that I took from last night, I selected a 1970 Lafite-Rothschild.
Pale garnet with brickish red rim, this had quite a pronounced nose at first which faded for a short while then seemed to grow in stature in the glass. The first impression was of a figgy, forest berry aroma with a touch of truffle earthyness. Then after the dumbing down there was a definate sense of mocha toastyness with big black fruits mixed with a tobacco cedar like aroma.
It was soooooooo smooth on the palate, it almost felt silky. The fruit was the dominant flavour with very soft feminine tannins, and a tobacco like finish that stayed on the palate for ages. So good. Only a couple left, but it knocked the spots off the 1950 Latour they had last night.