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Colour: Red
Producer: Château Lafite Rothschild
Region: Bordeaux
Appellation: Pauillac
Grape Variety: Cab Sauvignon Merlot

Château Lafite Rothschild, 1er Cru Classé, Pauillac, 1994

12x75cl
£7,200.00
4 bottles
£600.00 per bottle

Tasting Note:

Because Lafite-Rothschild (1) tends to lack the weight of many wines of the northern Medoc, and (2) is never a flashy, ostentatious style of wine, it is often more difficult to evaluate when young than some of its neighbors. Made from nearly 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, this dark ruby/purple-colored wine is stubbornly backward, unappealing, and severe and astringent on the palate. There is plenty of weight, and the wine possesses admirable purity, with no suggestion of herbaceousness or underripe fruit, but the wine's personality refuses to be coaxed from the glass. The 1994 Lafite may turn out to be austere and disappointing flavor-wise, but possesses a fabulous set of aromatics (does that sound reminiscent of the 1961, another Lafite that was primarily Cabernet Sauvignon?). I am not giving up on this wine, but purchasers should be willing to wait 15-20 years before pulling a cork. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030.

90/100 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Feb 1997

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