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2018 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Reviews

2018 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Reviews

Learn More About the 2018 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Through its Reviews.


Chateau Lafite Rothschild


This wine is a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.5% Merlot, and 0.5% Petit Verdot.

100 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“The 2018 Chateau Lafite Rothschild is blended of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.5% Merlot, and 0.5% Petit Verdot and has 13.3% alcohol. Deep purple-black in color, it needs a fair bit of swirling to unlock intoxicating scents of blackcurrant cordial, baked plums, and black cherry compote with an undercurrent of dark chocolate, licorice, cast-iron pan, cedar chest, and fertile loam, plus a waft of pencil lead. The delicately crafted, medium-bodied palate is dripping with class, featuring layers of mineral-laced black fruits and exquisitely ripe, singularly Lafite tannins, finishing with epic length and depth. This simply stunning, delicately crafted expression of 2018 with its singularly evocative imprint of Lafite will require a good 7-8 years in bottle, then should continue to inspire awe over the following 40+ years.”

100 Pointz Wine Enthusiast 

Top Cellar Selections of 2021

“An immensely structured wine, this is complex, concentrated, and yet so contained. The wine impresses with its balance, layers of succulent black-currant fruits, and effortless style.” 

99 Pointz James Suckling

“Wow. The aromas are so intense and refined at the same time, offering gorgeous blackcurrant, lead-pencil, and orchid character. Such purity of fruit. Sleek and finely polished with a fine cut to the tannins that provide such grace and glamor. Yet, it’s got the power and structure to age for decades. On and on.”

98 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck

“Checking in as a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.5% Merlot, and the balance Petit Verdot, the 2018 Château Lafite-Rothschild is one of those magical Lafites that offers an already up-front, complex, nuanced style yet has the class and balance to evolve for 40-50 years. As always, this wine is never about sheer power, and the 2018 offers a full-bodied, incredibly elegant, and weightless style that carries textbook blackcurrant fruits, lead pencil shavings, green tobacco, cedarwood, and camphor aromas and flavors. I compared this wine to a more elegant version of the 2016 from barrel and I think that comparison still holds. Incredibly up-front and charming, and already drinkable with sweet tannins, it will unquestionably pick up more complexity and nuance over the coming 4-6 years. It should hit maturity around age 10 and evolve for 75 years or more given its perfect balance. This is a beautiful, quintessential Lafite that exudes elegance and charm.” 

98 Pointz Vinous

“The 2018 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild is a stunning wine. Silky and floral, the 2018 offers all the signatures of the Grand Vin, but amplified by the radiance of the year. In the glass, Lafite is rich and exotic, yet it also retains tremendous vibrancy. The interplay of Merlot picked early and Cabernet Sauvignon harvested late makes for wine of extraordinary dimension, complexity, and class. Graphite, dark red fruit, spice, and leather linger on the huge finish. Magnificent!” 

97 Pointz Wine Spectator

“Very pure, with a sleek and extremely focused beam of cassis, black cherry puree, and blackberry preserves streaming through, lined along the edges with savory, sweet bay leaf and black tea details. Those extra notes assert themselves through the finish, but without intruding too much on the fruit, letting it play out over a long iron spine. Hums with precision.” 

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom 

98 Pointz Decanter

“This stood out during en primeur, not just for itself but also in comparison to so many estates around it. While several properties had an unusual vintage, where their personalities were subverted by the weather conditions, Lafite just continued being Lafite, a true mark of its character and its terroir. This is still of course extremely young, keeping its cards close to its chest; the power for now is hidden, waiting, and will slowly unveil. This is going to be a beautiful Lafite in the future, a brilliant wine with bilberry, slate, and pencil lead character, and a eucalyptus mint wash. 3.75pH. A yield of 40hl/ha. 40% of the production went into the grand vin. 74IPT.”

18/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine

“Tasted blind. Savoury, deep. With some exotic notes. Relatively dry for a 2018. But sturdy and pretty impressive! Very youthful. Went down in the glass. 14.5%. Drink 2032 – 2055.”



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