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The February 2021 Auction: Part 4

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Auction Ends: 2/25/2021 6:00:00 PM PST

Lot #7. Lafite Rothschild 1945

Description: Consists of 1 Bottle, 0.75L
Score: 98 NM.
"This bottle of 1945 Lafite Rothschild comes from famous Graham Lyons cellar and was re-corked in 1983. It actually snowed at Lafite Rothschild on 1 May that year when the vines were already 15 days in advance, summer saw sporadic hail and harvest commenced on 13 September with berries at miraculously ripe levels. What a wine! Deeper in color than the 1949 Lafite Rothschild, the 1945 has a haunting bouquet, with vestiges of red fruit mixed with graphite, cold stone, crushed rose petals and briary. It gently builds in the glass and with aeration becomes ever more vivid and delineated. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin, perfect acidity, pure and weightless, one of the most nuanced 1945s you will find. It is utterly sublime, never showing off and never trying too hard. It just shimmers with a pedigree that is undiminished after the passing decades. This might be one of the occasions where I prefer the Lafite Rothschild to the more ostentatious 1945 Latour. Tasted at the Lafite Rothschild dinner at Amuse Bouche in Hong Kong." Neal Martin, Wine Journal, Jul 2018
Provenance: The Redwood Cellar
Notes: Mid shoulder, lightly wrinkled, lightly scuffed, nicked capsule, nicked, damp stained, lightly scuffed, lightly faded, lightly bin soiled label.
Lot Location: Orange County
Estimate: $2,750

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