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Chateau Lafite Rothschild

lafiteThe vineyards of Chateau Lafite Rothschild are found at the northern tip of the Pauillac appellation. The current owners, the Rothschilds of the famous banking dynasty, bought the property in 1866, but this is a different branch of the family from that which purchased Chateau Mouton-Rothschild.

With a base largely of gravel the vineyard is unsurprisingly dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon (71%) with the balance comprising Merlot (25%) Cabernet Franc (3%) and Petit Verdot (1%). Grapes are hand-harvested and vinified. The Grand Vin volume varies greatly according to the vintage, but is frequently less than half the total crop, and is usually no more than 20,000 cases. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats, after which the wine is run off into barrels, 100% new for Lafite itself.

Throughout the 20th century Lafite was dogged by periods of inconsistency, often producing sublime wines but also failing to live up to its billing in other years. However since 1994, under the control of Charles Chevallier , Lafite has achieved an admirable level of consistency with some remarkable wines often vying for the title of “Wine of the Vintage”.

In style, Lafite wines are often described as having a perfumed elegance and finesse, to contrast with the more masculine power and structure of Latour or the more exotic and intense flavours of Mouton. In great years the wine has the ability to age for at least 50 years and often longer.

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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 2009

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe,

*** 99+ Points Robert Parker ***

Reviews:
The main reason the 2009 Lafite Rothschild did not receive a perfect score is because the wine has closed down slightly, but it is unquestionably another profound Lafite, their greatest wine since the amazing 2003. Among the most powerful Lafites ever made (it came in at 13.59% alcohol), the final blend was 82.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot. The selection was incredibly severe with only 45% of the crop being utilized. A tight, but potentially gorgeous nose of graphite, black currants, licorice and camphor is followed by a full-bodied wine revealing the classic elegance, purity and delineated style of Lafite.
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Price: £825.00
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 2008

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe,

*** 98 Points Robert Parker ***

Reviews:
"A candidate for the -wine of the vintage,- the 2008 should have been purchased before it began to soar in value because of the significance of the number 8 in the Chinese culture (denoting good luck). Representing 40% of the production, this blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc offers aromas of high quality unsmoked cigar tobacco, lead pencil shavings, creme de cassis, earth, cedar and asphalt. Full, rich and stunningly concentrated, I doubt it is inferior to the 2010, just more classic as well as slightly more forward and a degree weaker in alcoholic potency (12.
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Price: £749.00
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 2007

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe,

*** 94 Points - Robert parker ***

Reviews:
"A candidate for the wine of the vintage, the 2007 Lafite Rothschild (84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot) reveals classic Lafite aromas of graphite, unsmoked cigar tobacco, black currants, cherries, and a hint of truffles. The complex aromatics are followed by a round, medium to full-bodied wine with silky tannins, an overall subtle smoky component, and a rich, round, generous, plump finish. Already evolved and delicious, it should continue to drink well for two decades." Erobertparker.com

Tasted blind at the 2007 Bordeaux horizontal in Southwold.
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Price: £659.00
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 2002

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe,

*** 94 Points Robert Parker ***
*** 94 Points Wine Journal ***

Reviews: "A brilliant offering and a candidate for wine of the vintage, this is classic Lafite that reminded me somewhat of the 1976, although the vintage conditions were completely different. This is a medium-weight, quintessentially elegant style of Lafite with notes of lead pencil shavings/graphite along with black currants, plums, and crushed rocks/mineral. Wonderfully pure, dense, with a deep ruby/purple color and loads of fruit, definition, and a long finish, this is a brilliant, elegant Lafite Rothschild that builds incrementally in the mouth and has more power and density than it initially seems.
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Price: £750.00
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 2001

Pauillac, 1st Growth Classification

*** 94 Points - Robert parker ***
*** 96 Points - Neil Martin ***

Reviews:
The 2001 Lafite Rothschild’s deep, saturated plum/purple color is accompanied by lead pencil liqueur-like notes intermixed with sweet red and black currants, plums, and cedar. This blend of 86.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13.5% Merlot is a classic example of Lafite. Extremely elegant, medium-bodied, with intense concentration, richness, and sweet tannin, it appears to be on a rapid evolutionary track, at least in comparison to recent Lafite vintages that have been far more backward and powerful. The classy 2001 should be at its finest between 2007-2020.
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Price: £725.00
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1993

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe,

A successful wine for Lafite, this dark ruby/purple-colored 1993 is tightly-wound, medium-bodied, with a closed set of aromatics that reluctantly reveal hints of sweet blackcurrant fruit, weedy tobacco, and lead pencil scents. Polished and elegant, with Lafite's noble restraint, this is an excellent, classy, slightly austere wine. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2020. (Robert Parker)
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Price: £525.00
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1990

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe,

Reviews.
96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Interestingly, a bottle of 1990 Lafite Rothschild I pulled from my cellar for a video blog on my web site was still buttoned down, tight, and even with extended decanting was not showing as much as I would have hoped. However, a bottle tasted, of all places, in Seoul, Korea in February, was only a few points short of perfection. That amazing performance motivated me to pull another bottle out of my cellar and follow it over the course of two days. Sure enough, by the second day the wine was roaring from the glass. The 1990 Lafite has turned out far better than my early assessment.
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Price: £695.00
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1983

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe,

***94 Points - Robert Parker***

Reviews:
"Finally, the 1983 Lafite is beginning to shed its tannin. The wine exhibits a deep ruby/garnet color with only a slight lightening at the edge. The intoxicatingly perfumed nose of lead pencil, pain grille, red and black fruits, minerals, and roasted herbs is provocative. In the mouth, this wine displays considerable body for a Lafite, plenty of power, and a fleshy, rich, sweet mid-palate. Long, elegant, plump, and surprisingly fleshy, this outstanding example of Lafite seems largely forgotten given the number of high quality vintages during the golden decade of the eighties.
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Price: £525.00
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1971

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe, Level vts, label intact, slightly stained

Château Lafite Rothschild 1971 proves that Lafite Rothchild's wines always live up to its reputation, and it is the most consistent of first growths.

According to Jamie Goode (of wineanorak.com): "...the 1971s have consistently been undervalued. Thirty years' on, only the best of the vintage will still be at anything like their peak. But it's worth remembering that back in '71 Bordeaux wines were still made for long ageing. Yields have become considerably higher in recent years, and it's arguable that even the best properties no longer make such long-lived wines."

Reviews..
"Has an aroma like an aged Burgundy, with cherry and spice; flavor is mature, soft, very elegant.
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Price: £595.00
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1970

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe

Tasting note.

Wonderful notes of smoke, mild truffle and focussed ripe plum; charred oak - all incredibly concentrated. As it developed on the palate the fruit subtly emerged to the fore, with remarkable race and no leanness and with all the non-fruit aromas converting to a magnificent backdrop in the mouth. Great length and perfect acidity.
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Price: £445.00
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1967

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe, Level high shoulder, label nicked top left hand and centre

Despite the vintage, the 1967 Chateau Lafite shows a chunky, fruity character, and a smell of some of Lafite's fabulous bouquet.
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Price: £595.00
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1961

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe

** 92 Points Wine Journal ***

Little sign of ageing. A fresh peppermint nose with black tea. Fully mature on the palate with supreme balance, though it lacks the depth of Latour. This is all elegance and subtlety rather than power. A sublime wine that drinking now
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Price: £1995.00
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1958

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe

"Lafite has a soul, a beautiful, generous, kindly soul. Lafite turns bare earth into heaven. Lafite is harmony, a harmony between man and nature, because without our magnificent winegrowers, nothing would be accomplished."
*Baron Eric de Rothschild*
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Price: £995.00
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1958

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe MAGNUM

"Lafite has a soul, a beautiful, generous, kindly soul. Lafite turns bare earth into heaven. Lafite is harmony, a harmony between man and nature, because without our magnificent winegrowers, nothing would be accomplished."
*Baron Eric de Rothschild*
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Price: £1950.00
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1957

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe, high shoulder, good label

The 1957 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild has a brick, aged appearance but offers up Lafite’s classic cedar and lead pencil perfume. The wine is a bit light compared to top vintages but at age 50, this wine is doing just fine.
Hedonists Gazette.
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Price: £1195.00
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1957

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe, high shoulder, good label

The 1957 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild has a brick, aged appearance but offers up Lafite’s classic cedar and lead pencil perfume. The wine is a bit light compared to top vintages but at age 50, this wine is doing just fine.
Hedonists Gazette.
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Price: £1195.00
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1956

Pauillac, 1er Grand Cru Classe (High Shoulder)

From the rare 1956 vintage. One for the collectors.
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Price: £895.00
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1955

Pauillac 1st Growth Classification

This Chateau Lafite from the very good 1955 vintage is perfect and has delicacy charm subtlety length and perfect balance
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Price: £1125.00
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1952

Pauillac 1st Growth Classification high shoulder good label

Despite the vintage the 1952 has consistently shown a chunky, fruity character, and a smell of some of Lafite's fabulous bouquet.
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1950

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe

*91 Points*
Tobacco, cigar ash, cedar, forest floor, earth, spice, leather, old wood and scents of dried leaves were easy to find. Fully mature, with an elegant palate feel, this was an interesting wine to taste . The wine finished with a spice and light cassis sensation.
Review by Jeff Leve, www.thewinecellarinsider.com
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Price: £1199.00
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1947

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe,

Recorked and checked at Chateau Lafite in 1988
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Price: £2520.00
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1923

Pauillac Grand Cru Classe very high shoulder good label

The Chateau Lafite from the good 1922 vintage has delicacy, charm, subtlety, length and perfect weight.
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Price: £1675.00
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1999

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe,

This first growth reveals a remarkably complex nose with subtle new oak. The palate starts supple but finishes with great intensity. Although delicious now, this top rated wine has the structure to last.

Critical Acclaim
RP95
The Wine Advocate - "The 1999 Lafite Rothschild sports an engraved "1999" on the bottle along with an eclipse to mark that significant historical event of August, 1999. It is a quintessential offering from Lafite Rothschild. This prodigious wine is both elegant and intensely flavored, and almost diaphanous in its layers that unfold with no heaviness. An opaque ruby/purple color is accompanied by a complex bouquet of lead pencil, graphite, cedar, creme de cassis, toast, and vanilla.
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Price: £585.00
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1985

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe (very damaged labels - High shoulder)

***90 Points -Robert Parker***

The 1985 Lafite is revealing more class and complexity than I predicted. A moderately intense, cedary, woody, herb and berry-scented bouquet is attractive. The wine is open-knit and ripe, with fine tannins, sweet, medium-bodied, mineral, and cassis-scented flavors, fine depth, and a graceful, harmonious feel. It is beginning to blossom and appears to possess more depth and character than I had thought.
e-RobertParker.com
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Price: £295.00
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1984

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe - high shoulder, label bin soiled

94 points James Suckling
Orange peel, stewed tea and slight metallic undertone. Full-bodied, with a tangy and funky undertone. Not completely clean, but wonderful. (3/2012)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The personality of Lafite comes through in the 1984 vintage. An elegant bouquet of herbaceous, cedary fruit is first class. New oak dominates the palate and some hard tannins exhibit a dryness at the finish. The 1984 is a light but well-balanced wine. (RP) (1/1998)
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Price: £395.00
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