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Lafite Rothschild

Château Lafite Rothschild is a wine estate in France, owned by members of theRothschild family since the 19th century. The name Lafite comes from the Gascon term "la hite" meaning "small hill".

Lafite was one of four wine-producing Châteaux of Bordeaux originally awarded First Growth status in the 1855 Classification, which was based on recent prices. Since then, it has been a consistent producer of one of the world's most expensive red wines.

The vineyard is one of the largest in the Médoc at 107 hectares, and produces around 35,000 cases annually, of which between 15,000 and 25,000 are first growth. Its vines are around 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot, whereas the final wine is between 80% and 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% and 20% Merlot, and up to 3% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Occasionally exceptions are made, such as the 1961 vintage which was 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

In addition to the first growth, around a third of the wine is released as a second wine under the label Carruades de Lafite.

Red

2007

Lafite Rothschild

Bordeaux

94 RP

Mint 

1.5L

0

IB

Still Wine

94 Robert Parker

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.

 

94 Neal Martin

Tasted blind. The Lafite-Rothschild 2007 pips the First Growths under blind conditions. Here it has a stern nose, good definition and more herbaceous than the others, but perhaps more clarity and dare I say, a sense of what you might call “honesty”. The palate is well balanced with fine tannins, good acidity, touches of cooked meat and Chinese 5-spice (the irony!), although I wish it had a little more complexity towards the finish that seems. But it is very elegant and refined with a dark chocolate-tinged finish. Classy. Tasted January 2011.


Price: £1,308.00

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