Lafite Monteil

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A number of years ago I went to Bordeaux and bought "quite a lot" of wine, mainly for drinking fairly soon, but one or two for laying down. Sadly the laying down didn't last too long :( However, I have one last bottle of Ch. Lafite Monteil 1997. I have looked on the net and cannot find anything on that year re the above. Can anyone advise. Is it worth hanging on to for a while longer, or should I just enjoy it now. Anyone know if it's still available, cost etc.
Thanks for any info/advice
Regards Ian B
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Ian, I'm not familiar with this wine- what appellation is it? In any case I can pretty confidently say drink up. Only a very few 1997s (the Medoc 1sts, Lafleur, maybe a few others) need more time. Holding longer just increases the chances you'll find a tired wine. Please let us know how it is!
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I found some information on Lafite Monteil in general at
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. A description of the wine is:
Excellent quality, soft quaffing red. Impressive berry aromas with hints of vanilla and spice. Ripe black fruits on the palate with hints of oak, long finish. A satellite wine of Chateau Grand Monteil from the commune of Salleboeuf in the Entre Deux Mers region. The Chateau was built in 1848 and was the home of Gustav Eiffel (Eiffel Tower) who planted the original vines.
drinking. The 1997 should have peaked some time ago, and it is unlikely that it will imporve. It could easily be on the decline. Unless you can find recent specific information for the 1997 that indicates that it still is holding well, I would drink it soon.
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Thanks for the info, it sounds good - it's that long since I drank the rest that I had forgotten what it was like - and it's probably changed anyway now.
I think I will try it soon.
-- Regards Ian B
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