It may be the last of the First Growths to release (with the exception of Latour), but Chateau Lafite is still very much the number one brand in Bordeaux. The 2015 is the swansong for Charles Chevallier, the venerable wine-maker at Domaines Barons de Rothschild since 1982. It is an elegant and noble farewell to one of Bordeaux’s great characters and oenologes. Chapeau Charles!
‘The 2015 Lafite-Rothschild is a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot picked between 17 September and 6 October. Matured in 100% new oak, it has a tightly-wound bouquet with black cherries, cassis, cedar and graphite, though it does not quite possess the depth one would have expected the vintage would have bestowed. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, harmonious on the entry and with the oak neatly integrated. There is a very fine grip towards the finish, which has a tangible spicy edge - white pepper with a touch of bay leaf and enough pencil lead to fill a stationery set. The aftertaste is extremely long here, more than a minute when I timed it on my watch. It is an excellent Lafite-Rothschild in the making and it often "finds its voice" only after bottling, so it could ultimately end with a higher score. Drink 2028-2060. 94-96/100’. - Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
‘Here is a Lafite with lots of muscle and tone. Very tannic and velvety textured. Full body, fresh acidity and a bright finish. Shows a tenderness at the end. Gorgeous. 97-98/100’. - James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com
‘A dramatic, ample Lafite, the 2015 is also arrestingly beautiful and vivid. Expressive floral notes give the dark red and black flavors gorgeous aromatic lift. Today, the new oak is a bit pronounced, but otherwise, this is an exceptional wine. Rose petal, lavender, mint and purplish stone fruits add the last shades of detail. 94-97/100’. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com
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