Saving the best ‘til last

Saving the best ‘til last
It seems that the stars have aligned for the new team at Lafite. This was apparent as we tasted through Duhart Milon and Carruades de Lafite. When we arrived at the astonishing Grand Vin, it became obvious that 2018 was destined to be one of the all-time greats from this venerable First Growth. At the first impression we were struck by the reserved nobility of the bouquet. With aeration it slowly unfurled revealing complex aromas of minerals, flowers and decadent fruits. If anything the palate was even more compelling. Swathes of gorgeously textured black fruit coated the mouth. There’s a slight firmness and austerity that is befitting of a wine of this class – it’s an aristocratic giant yet it remained compact, precise and focussed. Lisa Perrotti-Brown sums up the stupendous finish superbly. “The finish goes on, and on, and on. If this wine doesn’t get Bordeaux lovers hearts' racing, nothing will.” It is fully deserving of all the accolades it has received and can now add the crown of Justerinis’ best wine on the left bank to that list!

The chateau has release 30% less stock on the market. As such, we will have to allocate. Please send requests to your Account Manager.

“The 2018 Lafite Rothschild is blended of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.5% Merlot and 0.5% Petit Verdot and has 13.3% alcohol. The Merlot was harvested September 17-24, the Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested September 25 to October 5, and the Cabernet Franc was harvested on September 24. It has a deep purple-black color and then WOW—what a nose. It comes sashaying out of the glass with bags of grace and perfume, revealing notions of lilacs, red roses, fragrant soil, cinnamon stick and Morello cherries with a core of blackcurrant cordial, fresh black plums, redcurrant jelly and tapenade plus a waft of iron ore. Medium-bodied, the palate has wonderful, tightly wound layers of black, red and blue fruits intermingled with floral, earth and mineral notions and a rock-solid frame of the most finely pixelated tannins you can possibly imagine. Anyone who wants to see what I mean when I babble about the Lafite tannins needs to try this benchmark. The finish goes on, and on, and on. If this wine doesn’t get Bordeaux lovers hearts' racing, nothing will. 98-100/100”. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate

“A very compact and linear Lafite with a fantastic mouthfeel of intense but ever so refined tannins that draw a straight line through the middle of the wine. It’s full-bodied yet compact with complex character of plums, blackcurrants, cigar tobacco, cedar and hints of hazelnuts and coffee. Salty. Orange zest at the end. Delicacy with power. Richness with softness. Glamorous. Lasts for minutes at the finish. 99-100”. - James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com