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Château Lafite Rothschild 1999

Château Lafite Rothschild 1999

The 1999 Lafite Rothschild, is a ruby-hued beauty with a translucent rim—this bottle was incredibly fresh and vibrant on opening. Initially, seemingly more red fruit-driven, the nose evolved into a darker expression with time in the glass. Nuanced aromas of loamy earth, rose petal, black currant, and pencil shavings led into a wine that, while restrained and elegant, boasted ample sweetness at its core. Ultra-fine, polished tannins gave way to a medium-plus finish that culminated in bay leaf, cigar box, and spice. Château Lafite Rothschild 9.4 Points ...

Château Grand-Puy Ducasse 2006

Château Grand-Puy Ducasse 2006

I didn't have time to take notes on this wine. We drank it in the home of Daniel della Cruz, one of Manila's most prominent artists. Within the sanctuary of his walls, where tropical plants served as an organic backdrop to every sculpture and painting—the wine blended effortlessly into that rare and sacred space and accentuated the tempo of our conversation. 2006 was more of a classic vintage in Pauillac, what I do remember are firm, grippy tannins, subtle earthiness and herbal notes, mostly I remember the stories we shared. Château Grand-Puy Ducasse 8.9 Points...