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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, 2009

2 cases
Equiv. £708.33 per bottle
2 cases
Equiv. £745.83 per bottle
2 cases
Equiv. £741.67 per bottle

Tasting Note:

Lafite has produced something of a big boy in 2009. Sadly Cabernet yields are low as the berries remained small and thick skinned; wonderful for quality and deep colours, but not for all the collectors desperate to buy this wonderful wine... The bouquet is packed with brooding aromas of minerals, graphite and tar with overtones of ripe cassis and cut violets. There are also touches of cigar box and tobacco before one is almost assaulted by the massively concentrated palate. Initially there is a searing cassis fruit attack with astonishing depth and concentration. A veritable kaleidoscope of flavours, all manner of berries, fruits of the forest, currants, sensual, ripe, supremely complex, mixing brooding savoury flavours of coal, cooked meats and bright fruits. This is ethereal, complex, long-term, with a tannic structure honed from granite. A massive wine, which will require patience. 82.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and just 0.5% Petit Verdot.

"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. It is phenomenally concentrated with softer tannins than the 2005, the 2003's voluptuous, broad, juicy personality, and low acidity. There are several vintages that I thought were a replay of their colossal 1959, most notably 1982 and 2003, but 2009 is also one to keep an eye on. It is still extremely youthful and seems slightly more backward than I would have guessed based on the barrel tastings, but it needs 10-15 years of bottle age, and should last for 50+." 99+/100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #199

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