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2015 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Reviews

2015 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Reviews

Learn More About the 2015 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Through its Reviews.  


Chateau Lafite Rothschild


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


100 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

#1 Top 100 Cellar Selections 2018

“This is a great vintage from Lafite. The profile is rich in feel, with a seriously firm tannic structure. Solid, complex, and with great authority, this Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant wine, is impressively dense in dark-fruit tones. It will age for many years. Drink from 2027, although that would almost be too soon.” 

99 points James Suckling

“Firm and powerful with blackberries, blueberries, currants, and wet earth. Full-bodied, yet tight and angular with very pretty fruit and brightness. Really racy and super and set for a long, long life.” 

96 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck

“The grand vin 2015 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild checks in as 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot that was brought up in 100% new oak. Director Eric Kohler (who replaced Charles Chevallier in 2015) told me the vintage suffered a touch of dilution but wasn’t a complicated year. The 2015 is an aristocratic, classy example from this estate that offers textbook lead pencil shavings, tobacco, smoked herbs, and graphite as well as a beautiful core of currant and cassis fruit. It’s the most refined and subtle of the first growths, has medium to full-bodied richness, building tannin, and undeniable class and charm. Give bottles 4-5 years of bottle age and enjoy over the following 2-3 decades.”

96 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“The deep garnet-purple shaded 2015 Lafite Rothschild is blended of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot and was matured for 20 months in new oak barrels from Tonnellerie des Domaines (their own cooperage). It is still sporting a lot of cedar at this nascent stage with a vibrant core of black raspberries, red currants, and crushed plums plus touches of cigar boxes, violets, and underbrush with a waft of tilled loam. Medium-bodied and elegantly styled with wonderful freshness and depth, it is compellingly earthy/minerally in the mouth with a frame of seductively silky yet very firm tannins and culminating in a very long, racy, and pure finish. Boasting spectacular finesse and packed with nuances, clearly, given some of the challenges here in 2015, this is a masterpiece of diligence in the vineyards, careful selection, and very clever crafting—bravo!” 

95 Pointz Wine Spectator

“Velvet- and silk-textured red currant, raspberry, and black cherry compote notes glide through, supported by a perfectly embedded graphite spine, while enticing violet, black tea, and alder accents add range through the finish. Very refined and sneakily long.”

94 Pointz Vinous

“The 2015 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild is more opulent and generous on the nose than its peers, offering layers of black fruit infused with cassis, graphite, Earl Grey tea, and discreet menthol scents, all delivered with fine delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, ripe tannin. There is a sweet core of fruit to this quite high-toned, almost iodine-y 2015 that just lacks a bit of detail on the finish. This clearly has some way to go.”

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

97 Pointz Decanter

“The power in this vintage of Lafite is hidden, but it is there in spades and tiptoes up along the palate. Lovely brushed tannins are extremely well placed, discreetly holding the fruit. In many ways this is a truly classic Lafite because it is understated and lyrical. It's a wine that demands you know Lafite to see just how beautifully it will develop, says winemaker Eric Kohler. 40% of overall estate production. 100% new oak.” 

18/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine

“Slightly weak greyish crimson. Black fruits on the nose and then high acid on the palate. A little low key. Fresh and linear. A refreshing drink in which the tannins are well managed. Slight graininess of texture. Introvert.”



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