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

    Château Lafite Rothschild, 1er Cru Classé, Pauillac,

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    Château Lafite Rothschild, 1er Cru Classé, Pauillac, 1990

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Château Lafite Rothschild, 1er Cru Classé, Pauillac, 1990
    ABV:
    12.5%
    100/100
    Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux
    Tasted first at the château in July, then again at a Berry Bros supper in late November, and both time it effortlessly showcased why Lafite is one of the most sought-after estates in the world. Takes its time to open, even at 25 years old, but a bit of patience and you are rewarded with rosebud, tuffle, ash, pencil lead and crushed mint, all gently playing around the cassis, bilberry and blackberry fruits. There is huge concentration here, but everything is in balance, and you rejoice in the tertiary notes that give gentleness and juice to the overall feel. Charles Chevallier estate director at the time, Jacques Boissenot consultant. Harvest began September 24, 58hl/h yield. The first Lafite to be put in an anti-fraud engraved bottle.
    Date Reviewed:
    11/2021
    97/100
    Neal Martin, Vinous
    The 1996 Lafite-Rothschild is the strongest wine from the First Growth in that decade. This bottle, served blind and ex-château in Bordeaux, is so precociously backward that I estimate it to be half its age. Blackberry, cedar and graphite are here as usual, though this bottle has even more intensity than the one served at the estate in 2018. The palate is brilliantly balanced with fine tannins and very intense graphite-infused fruit; there's just a touch more fruité on the finish. Superb.
    Date Reviewed:
    01/2023

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    France
    region:
    Bordeaux
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    Château Lafite Rothschild

    Château Lafite Rothschild

    Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Première Cru Classé, is revered throughout the wine-drinking world: a modern-day phenomenon, a super-brand, probably the most recognisable brand from Bordeaux. And lest we forget, maker of some of the most distinguished, impressive, classic wines, anywhere on the planet.

    Lafite was well-loved in the British market throughout the 17th century and a favourite amongst many notable dignitaries including Robert Walpole. Through this time the estate belonged to the Ségur family, who also owned Calon Ségur, Phelan Ségur and for a short time Mouton. With such a wine-making dynasty at the helm it is no surprise that the reputation of the estate grew.

    By the time of the revolution, the estate was in the hands of a Ségur descendant, Nicolas Pierre de Pichard; however, the guillotine cut short his reign and ended the family's involvement. A string of owners followed, and at the time of the 1855 Classification, Lafite was owned by a Dutch family and under the management an English bank. The Vanlerberghe descendants elected to sell their holding in 1866 to a rather more famous banking empire, the Rothschilds, and the rest, as they say, is history.

    Baron Éric de Rothschild stepped down in 2021 after almost 40 years at Lafite. He was succeeded by his daughter, Saskia, who is ably assisted by technical director, Eric Kohler and Jean-Sébastien Philippe. Their wines are outstanding, and rightly lauded for their precision, complexity, and effortless grace. Modern day examples blend classical Pauillac flavours with cutting-edge winemaking technology – the results are sensational.

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