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2021 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Reviews


2021 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Reviews

Learn More About the 2021 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Through its Reviews.



2021

Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Reviews


This wine is a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot.

 


98 Pointz James Suckling


“Polished and refined with a firm, fine, and linear tannin structure. Harmonious. Perfumed violets, roses, and subtle licorice. All in balance here, with precise layers of black fruit, minerals, and pencil lead. Rather seamless. Firm, yet fine and sleek to the end. Very classy. Fine-velvet texture. 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. 



98 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“This is essentially Cabernet Sauvignon, giving beautiful black currant notes that come through in succulent juiciness and a serious core of tannins that are giving the wine a solid backbone. This will push the wine's maturity well into the long-term.” 



97 Pointz Vinous


“The 2021 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, which was aged in 90% new oak, has a deep, almost opaque hue. This has quite an arresting bouquet with dense blackberry, sous-bois, and pencil box scents, quintessential Lafite aromas with nuanced floral scents surfacing with time. The palate is medium-bodied, though with more weight than you would expect given the growing season. The Cabernet Sauvignon imparts graphite and almost briny elements into the aromatic profile. Sapid and classic in style, head winemaker Eric Kohler suggests that it is a return to the style of Lafite-Rothschild of the nineties in terms of freshness. I concur.” 



97 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“A brilliant wine that shares some similarities with the formidable 1996, the 2021 Chateau Lafite Rothschild wafts from the glass with inviting aromas of dark berries, cigar box, loamy soil, black truffle, and violets. Medium to full-bodied, deep, and layered, it's rich and concentrated, with beautifully powdery tannins, lively acids, and a long, saline finish. Of course, this isn't as dramatic as the 2020 or 2019 out of the gates, but the 2021 is a brilliant success in its own right. What's more, its structure and balance mean that it is likely to prove almost immortal. It's a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot, which is one of the all-time highest percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon chez Lafite.”



96 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck


“I loved the Grand Vin 2021 Château Lafite-Rothschild, and if anyone is going to excel in a cooler, elegant vintage like 2021, it will be Château Lafite. Based on 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot, is has a brilliant perfume of pure crème de cassis, spring flowers, graphite, gravelly earth, and sandalwood, which will turn toward more classic Lafite cedar pencil with age. Medium-bodied on the palate, it has supple, elegant, yet substantial tannins, great balance, and a beautiful finish. Like most wines from this estate, it has a classy, regal, incredibly impressive style.” 



Bonus Reviews

France 


97 Pointz Jane Anson, Master of Wine

Inside Bordeaux


“Deep in colour, has grip and presence. Loganberry, blueberry, wet stones, hawthorn, forest floor, this is a long-ageing Lafite, not one that I would rush to open. It delivers tannic power from beginning to end, with density juice, and length, a reminder that Lafite manages to perform strongly in so many different styles of vintage. Delivering right at the very top of Pauillac. 1st year organic conversion. 90% new oak. No frost at the estate, yields of 34hl/h, harvest September 22 to October 8. 40% 1st wine.” 


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


97 Pointz Decanter


“Surely a contender for wine of the vintage, certainly on the Left Bank. Vibrant and explosive, what a wine in 2021. Graphite, black chocolate, black pepper, and blackcurrant aromas but also with floral edges - so intense! Supple and racy on the palate, this is a firecracker of a Lafite, so much energy and acidity that you get this rush of red and black fruits then the stoney minerality, and then the spice. It's sharp and racy with the length that goes on and on. You get it all here but so well delivered, real refinement and elegance in terms of fruit precision and clarity but it's just so energetic and bright. This puts you squarely in Bordeaux with the lively and balanced freshness with these gorgeous powerful and structured Cabernet aspects telling you it's from Pauillac, ending with liquorice, stone, graphite, and toasted spice from the one block of old-vine Petit Verdot that went into the blend this year. Vibrant and explosive - an absolute thoroughbred - albeit a young one! Made with 96% Cabernet as opposed to a usual amount between 80-85%. A yield of 33hl/ha. The first year of full organic farming also in 2021.”


17.5+/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson, 

Master of Wine


“96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot. 33 hl/ha. Cask sample.Deep crimson hue. Customary elegance rather than power. Perfumed nose, attractive fruit and a surprising density of tannin (15% press wine to bolster the structure). Quite discreet and measured in its form but good length and should improve further in bottle. 12.6%. Drink 2030 – 2050”


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