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

Château Lafite Rothschild, 1er Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2010


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2010
12x75cl
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£9,818.46

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2010
6x75cl
DP
£4,339.22


Château Lafite Rothschild, 1er Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2010

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Tasting Notes


Maturity:
Keep

ABV:
13 %

Notes

What can one say about Lafite that hasn't already been said? This is the market leader, the luxury wine, the must-have brand. The 2010 completes a splendid trio. 2008 is a thoroughbred, 2009 is epic; 2010 is a mythical blend of the handsome classicism of the 08 and the raw power and intensity of the 09. Sounds good doesn't it? Well it is - it's spectacular. Brooding, reserved, with hints of liquid minerals, herbs, cut violets, crème de cassis, gravel and griotte. The palate is packed with layers of complex fruit and a real crescendo of mineral notes; a symphony of savoury and sweet berry flavours. It is a big wine, but it possesses a regal, understated power and precision. A picture of refinement and class. The finish is exceptionally long and is sumptuously framed by smooth, honed tannins. Imperial. 87.2% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12.8% Merlot.

Critics score


Score:
94

100

Source:
Neal Martin, Vinous

Date:
04/2020

Notes
The 2010 Lafite-Rothschild has a vivacious bouquet with feisty red berry fruit laced with kirsch, blueberry and subtle blood orange aromas that soar from the glass. There is no ignoring these aromatics. The palate has a soft, fleshy entry that caresses the senses, quite plush and more like a 2009 in style. Layers of red and black fruit vie for attention, leading to a sensual rounded finish. Excellent, but I just would have preferred more grip and backbone. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 10-Year On Bordeaux horizontal.

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France

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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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