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Robert Parker

99 Points, Robert M. Parker, Jr., Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1959 is unquestionably the greatest Lafite-Rothschild that has approached full maturity. It remains to be seen whether vintages such as 1982, 1986, and 1990 will reach a similar height. The super-aromatic bouquet of flowers, black truffles, cedar, lead pencil, and red fruits is followed by one of the most powerful and concentrated Lafites I have tasted. Medium to full-bodied, velvety-textured, rich, and pure, it is a testament to what this great estate can achieve when it hits the mark. This youthful wine will last for another 30 or more years." 10/94

Antonio Galloni

99 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: "The 1959 Lafite-Rothschild is poured from magnum and steals the show in auspicious company, maybe the finest example from this era apart from the 1953. Deep in color with very little ageing, it has a spellbinding nose with intense black fruit, freshly picked wild mint and cedar that rockets from the glass. The palate is crystalline, delivering the elegance that this First Growth can manifest like no other. Powerful for Lafite-Rothschild, it develops a slight viscosity in texture with such purity on the finish that it leaves you breathless. Flirting with perfection, this is surely one of the best examples that I will have encounter. Tasted at a private dinner in Beaune." 11/19


100 Points, Jane Anson, Decanter: "I have tasted this wine several times over the past few years, and each bottle has blown me away. Now almost 60 years old, it still has a deep, rich colour that has barely budged since my last visit. Perfectly balanced, it barely tastes older than the 1982 and displays the cedar signature of Lafite coupled with truffles, graphite and still-rich cassis and bilberry fruits. There's something more besides, that's hard to pinpoint but elevates the whole experience - maybe it's the mouthwatering persistency and the dancing minerality. 1959 saw a warm and sunny start to the season, with cold nights (particularly in April) followed by a very hot July and sunny but cooler August. It was a perfect harvest, with the grapes brought in under heat. They had relatively low acidity when they were picked, which has not in any way held it back from ageing with grace and poise, and I wouldn't bet against this carrying on serenely for another half-century. Looking back, Baron Eric feels it was the year the marked the change towards riper-styled vintages in the 20th century. I have just read a Washington Post article from 1979, by the way, when this 1959 was the star of a three-decade vertical of Lafite - you can consistently find the same result in dozens of articles over the years. Fitting then that this was the year that cellarmaster Georges Revelle received the Legion of Honour." 05/18