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2016 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Reviews


2016 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Reviews



Learn More About the 2016 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Through its Reviews.




2016

Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Reviews



This wine is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Merlot. 



100 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck


“On another level and one of the greatest young Bordeaux I’ve ever tasted, the 2016 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild is composed of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Merlot raised in new oak. It takes the classic elegance and class of Lafite and turns the dial up to 11, offering a massive, heavenly array of blackcurrants, cedar pencil, graphite, tobacco, and incense aromas and flavors that soar from the glass. Deep, full-bodied, and flawlessly constructed, with perfectly integrated fruit, acidity, and tannins, this is legendary stuff all the way. It will be drinkable in 7-8 years and keep for 50-75 years or more. Along with Mouton, it’s the wine of the vintage from the Médoc. Hats off to director Eric Kohler.”  



100 Pointz James Suckling


“Incredible aromas of crushed berries, sweet tobacco, and wet earth. So perfumed and gorgeous. Hot stones and cement, too. Full-bodied, dense, and powerful with lots of intense tannins and a never ending finish. Juicy and flavorful. A muscular Lafite, not seen for a long time. Classssssss!” 



99 Pointz Vinous


“The 2016 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild is a total stunner. Seamless, racy, and voluptuous in the glass, the 2016 is even better from bottle than it was from barrel. Once again, I am blown away by the inner sweetness and purity of the fruit. The 2016 is, rich, concentrated, and yet also light on its feet, in the way only Lafite can be. Dramatic and ample the 2016 Lafite is a beautifully resonant, super-expressive wine endowed with regal beauty and tremendous overall balance. It will drink well for many years and decades.” 



99 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

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The 2016 Chateau Lafite Rothschild is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Merlot, with 15% of the press wine contributing to the blend this year. Deep purple-black in color, it slowly reveals the most gorgeous perfume of kirsch, lilacs, black raspberries, and warm blackcurrants with underlying nuances of cigar box, rose hip tea, cloves, licorice, and pencil lead plus a waft of garrigue. Medium-bodied and built like a brick house with a firm yet beautifully ripe, finely pixelated tannic backbone and seamless freshness supporting the amazing intensity of black fruits and floral layers, it finishes very long and provocatively perfumed.”



99 Pointz Wine Enthusiast 

Cellar Selection


“Almost entirely Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine beautifully sums up the density and the richness of this variety in Pauillac. It is impressive, made even more so in this vintage by the ripeness of the tannins, the beautiful, plush fruit, and enormous promise. Drink this wine from 2026. Its aging potential is enormous.” 



98 Pointz Wine Spectator 

Collectibles


“This offers the best of both sides of Pauillac, with a deep, deep well of dark currant, fig, blackberry, and black cherry paste flavors forming a lush side while a series of I-beams made of graphite and iron provide the rigid structure. The two sides meld, pulling in extra sweet tobacco, smoldering cast iron, juniper, and savory notes on the finish, leaving a mouthwatering feel. A real stunner.”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


100 Pointz Decanter


“What I love about the 2016 Lafite is that the sweetness of the fruit comes through even at this early stage. Sweet, ripe blackberry and cassis pulse through the palate behind the tight construction of tension and classicism given by high acidity and plenty of tannins. It has ripeness and a sense of promise but, as is often the case with a young Lafite, it's not giving a lot away and we can expect it to age for many decades perfectly comfortably. Extremely accomplished, one to cherish. Matured in 100% new oak.”



18/20 points Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“Very rich, dense dark crimson. Not much nose, just a vague impression of quality lurking beneath the super-subtle aroma. Round texture, tannins are in a very low register indeed. Then I'd love to see just a little bit more energy. Round and it may all get together. A really rather delicate Lafite. Nothing in excess; it's true and very classic claret – very Lafite – but arguably just a little muted.”


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