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 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, often longer.

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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 2000

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe
100 points Robert Parker

The 2000 Lafite Rothschild is one of the legendary wines of the great 2000 vintage.

Critical Acclaim
I expected the 2000 Lafite Rothschild to be much too young, but I was blown away by how it performed at this meal. A classic Lafite with notes of lead pencil shavings and black currants as well as a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, it possessed striking intensity as well as aromatics. The wine seemed more evolved than I remember, but it is still an adolescent in terms of maturity. This beautiful, rich, full offering is a stunning achievement.
Score: 100 Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette, July 2013

Subtle aromas of currants, leather, tobacco and cedar.
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1991

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe

Score: 86 Points
Lafite's light-bodied 1991 possesses moderate ruby color, a solid inner core of fruit, as well as potentially excessive tannin for its size and constitution. The wine exhibits Lafite's subtle personality with a leafy, tobacco, lead-pencil nose intertwined with sweet aromas of cassis. Dry, austere, and lacking length, it should turn out to be a good representation of Latife-Rothschild in this so-so year.
Score: 86 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (91), February 1994

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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1988

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe,

1988 produced richly coloured Cabernet and Merlot wines, that are tannic and powerfully structured. A great vintage, gorgeously seductive and remains the most complex wine of this Century, the quintessence of Lafite-Rothschild.

This deeply colored wine exhibits the telltale Lafite bouquet of cedar, subtle herbs, dried pit fruits,minerals, and cassis. Extremely concentrated, with brillantly focused flavors and huge tannins, this backward yet impressively endowed Lsfite Rothschild may well turn out to be the wine of the vintage. Anticipated maturity:2000-2035
Score: 94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (95),
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1978

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe,

93 points - Wine Journal

"There are scents of decayed red-berried fruits with cedar and a touch of hot bricks and together they make a compelling bouquet. Certainly this has impressive definition and clarity. The palate is medium-bodied with a fleshy entry, well-judged acidity and very natural in style. Elegant and feminine with supple, red-berried fruits, cranberry and a touch of bitter chocolate towards the finish. This has matured very well and is a beautiful, classic Lafite. Drink now-2018. Tasted September 2008." Neil Martin, Wine Journal
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1964

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe,

Good label/Level high-shoulder
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1962

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe, level mid to upper shoulder, bin-soiled labels.

90 Points (Wine Journal)

"Although this has a more mature colour than the Margaux ’62, the nose is in a completely difference league with much better vigour and delineation: faded red-berried fruit, wild strawberry, cedar, a touch of leather and earth. The palate is very well balanced, slightly medicinal on the entry but showing much better fruit concentration than the Margaux, perfectly judged acidity and fine but firm tannins holding everything together. It has tautness on the linear finish that is so classic Lafite and in retrospect, this is the best bottle of Lafite ’62 to have passed my palate.
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1962

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe, level mid-high shoulder, label torn/damaged and bin soiled.

90 Points (Wine Journal)

"Although this has a more mature colour than the Margaux ’62, the nose is in a completely difference league with much better vigour and delineation: faded red-berried fruit, wild strawberry, cedar, a touch of leather and earth. The palate is very well balanced, slightly medicinal on the entry but showing much better fruit concentration than the Margaux, perfectly judged acidity and fine but firm tannins holding everything together. It has tautness on the linear finish that is so classic Lafite and in retrospect, this is the best bottle of Lafite ’62 to have passed my palate.
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1923

Pauillac Grand Cru Classe very high shoulder

The Chateau Lafite from the good 1922 vintage has delicacy, charm, subtlety, length and perfect weight.
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