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Review: 2011 Lafite Reserve Special Bordeaux - France


Red is for Summer too.

We're in the midst of a heat wave. Yes, it is dry heat, but seriously, triple digits is hot. You might think reaching for a white would be my first impulse in this hot weather. It is. But sometimes I want a red wine too. When selecting red wine in the summer, shy away from the big heavy reds. Look for something light and fresh. This 2011 Lafite Bordeaux is an excellent choice for summer. An approachable and affordable Bordeaux. I hope the following tasting notes help you in selecting a red wine this summer.

Tasting Notes 2011 Lafite Reserve Special Bordeaux :

Color: Cherry red.
Nose: Cherry fruit leather, cardamon, spice mill.
Palate: Light, dry cherry, strawberry, delicate, feminine quality, balanced dry finish. A delicate, balanced red wine that will delight the senses on a hot, humid day. Well suited for anything cooked on the grill. I enjoyed this wine with grilled baby back ribs. Excellent pairing.

Thoughts: The low alcohol, delicate body and balance present a pretty picture on a hot summer day. Enjoyed this wine over three days, the last two with a good book. Serve gently chilled, good book optional. Recommended.

Blend: 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
Closure: Natural cork
ABV: 12.5%
Production: 30,000 cases
SRP: $17.99
Sample provided by Pasternak Wine Imports

The Rothschild family, owner of Château Lafite Rothschild for five generations, has been based in this Bordeaux vineyard since 1868.


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