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2012 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Reviews

2012 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Reviews

Learn More About the 2012 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Through its Reviews.


Chateau Lafite Rothschild


This wine is a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot.

96 Pointz Wine Enthusiast 

Cellar Selection

“Showing the serious side of Lafite, this is big and dark, powered by tannins as much as fruit. The wood aging is still showing, although that will integrate into the great structure that holds up the ripe black currant fruits. Totally dominated by some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux, this wine has strength while also having great freshness. Drink from 2024.”

95 Pointz James Suckling

“Superb structure for the vintage with blackcurrants, cedar, mushroom, and sweet tobacco character. Full-bodied yet reserved and tight with an impressive density. Long finish.”

94 Pointz Wine Spectator

“This has a dark, smoky edge from the start, with smoldering tobacco and grilled savory notes lining the core of steeped plum, macerated black currant, and lightly mulled cherry fruit. Shows a loamy, smoky edge to the finish, with the tobacco hint peeking out. Has admirable range, depth, and grip, with just a twinge of the vintage’s austerity lurking.” 

93 Pointz Vinous

“The 2012 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild opens with striking inner perfume. Long and beautifully persistent on the palate, the 2012 is ample and generous, but never heavy. Shades of dark red cherry and plum infusion shape the finish. The 2012 is not an epic Lafite, but it is expressive and delicious today.”

91 Ppointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“The 2012 Chateau Lafite Rothschild, representing only 38% of their total production, is a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance mostly Merlot. It is a very stylish, elegant, yet concentrated Lafite Rothschild with an opaque ruby/purple color, soft well-integrated tannins, nice integrated oak, acidity, and alcohol. Lafites’s 2012 reveals good, opaque, ruby/purple color and plenty of lead pencil and blackcurrant fruit.”

Bonus Reviews


95 Pointz Jane Anson, Master of Wine

Insider Bordeaux

“Savoury bilberry, cassis and liquorice, with softer edges of tobacco and brushed leather. This is a take-your-time, unfurl-slowly kind of a wine, with slate tannins and sappy sage herbs giving a drawn-out finish. Ripe without being exuberant, showcasing graceful, sinewy muscles that feel like a signature Lafite, if lighter in style than the greatest vintages. 38% of overall production, 100% new oak. Charles Chevallier technical director, Eric Boissenot consultant.”

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

94 Pointz Decanter

“With 91% Cabernet Sauvignon this still has a strong tannin backbone, balanced by an elegant fragrance that is Lafite’s hallmark. Bottles have varied, however, so it loses a point.”

18.5/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine

“91 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.5% Merlot, .5% Petit Verdot. Very dense and lustrous. Unusual (for Lafite) intense and creamy; it’s almost as though Carruades has assumed Lafite character and Lafite is more Moutonish, almost flamboyant! Dry edge but very savoury and rather lords it over us - see how ripe the Cabernets were…! Perhaps the tannins are not the ripest but the fruit certainly is. Classic Pauillac if not classic Lafite. Not quite as “whole” as Haut Brion perhaps.”



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