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2019 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Reviews


This wine is a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot.


100 Pointz James Suckling


“So much sweet tobacco, Spanish cedar, dried flowers, dark mushrooms, and roses. Really aromatic. This is so polished and very powerful, yet ethereal and refined at the same time. The finish goes on for minutes. Tight and harmonious. You want to drink it! So balanced, yet it will age beautifully. It will be this good forever. Better after 2031.”


100 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“One of the greatest wines produced in Bordeaux this year is the 2019 Chateau Lafite Rothschild, an impeccably balanced classic of immense charm and grace. Wafting from the glass with arresting aromas of cassis, blackberries, and cherries mingled with violets, cigar box, and warm spices, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and seamless, its velvety attack segueing into a layered, concentrated mid-palate framed by exquisitely powdery tannins and ripe acids, and concluding with a long, perfumed finish. This rivals the 2010 and 2016 as the greatest Lafite of the decade, and of those three vintages, it's clearly the most sensual and demonstrative out of the gates. The blend contains fully 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and attained a modest 13.4% alcohol.”


98 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck


“The Grand Vin 2019 Château Lafite Rothschild is based on 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot that hit 13.4% natural alcohol with a pH of 3.9. It's a pure, seamless, incredibly accessible Lafite offering a beautiful, classic array of ripe currants, spice box, tobacco, and classic Lafite sandalwood and lead pencil nuances. Medium to full-bodied and beautifully balanced on the palate, it has a seamless, layered mouthfeel, just about perfect tannins, and a finish that just keeps you coming back to the glass. Despite the high pH, it remains fresh, lively, and a perfect example of the class this estate is known for. It's up-front and accessible (and I'd gladly drink a bottle), but smart money will hide bottles for just 5-7 years and enjoy them over the coming 30-40 years.”


98 Pointz Vinous


“The 2019 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild has a most earthy bouquet with warm gravel and black olive scents percolating through the black fruit. Warm bricks on a hot sunny afternoon. The palate is medium-bodied with gorgeous, saturated yet firm tannins that frame the layers of mineral-laden black fruit. This is a live wire, so tensile and focused towards the finish with a fabulously long aftertaste. Marvelous.”


98 Pointz Wine Spectator

Collectibles


“A very energetic wine, with wild loganberry, mulberry, and black currant fruit flavors that bristle with mouthwatering bay leaf, licorice root, and savory notes. The finish is tight now, with charcoal shadings and a smoldering cast iron note, but there's additional black tea, incense, and floral hints for contrast. Dense and driven, with more than enough elements to match its energy, meaning this can cruise in the cellar for a long time."


Bonus Reviews

France



98 Pointz Jane Anson, Master of Wine Inside Bordeaux


“There is a sense of discretion to this Lafite, full of pencil lead, crayon, chalk-textured minerality, clear grain, and grip to the tannins that lets everything unfold slowly and calmly, no drama and yet a slow-building sense of power. Enjoyable precision and chiseling to the spiced cassis and bilberry fruits, this feels supremely Lafite in its balance and finesse. The tight structure relaxes in the glass, adding a layer of creaminess to the blackberry and loganberry fruit. A large majority of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend, and it takes up its dominant role with grace. Brilliant quality. Harvest September 19 to October 7. Lafite always takes its time to show its full potential, and this could easily be a 100 point wine at the 10 year-plus window.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



98 Pointz Decanter


“An opulent and fruit-forward vintage for Lafite in 2019. Vivid purple colour in the glass with blackcurrant, cherry, and milk chocolate notes. Gorgeous weight on the palate with such fine tannins and depth of flavour - not so much rich but driven, refined, elegant, almost refrained. Feels compact at first, settling to reveal layers of vibrant spiced fruit and and cooling menthol hints alongside clear graphite and wet stone that comes through clearly. Supremely balanced with an underlying mouth filling juiciness that offers finessed creamy fruit. Structured and well framed with a long life ahead.”



18.5/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“Tasted blind. Weaker, more-evolved ruby colour than most. Interesting tobacco-leaf aromas. Sweet, dramatic, concentrated fruit initially, with a little chewiness and masses of freshness. Flattering, lots of detail, and quite distinctive. Not as long as some.”




2018 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Reviews



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.”



2017 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Reviews



This wine is a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Merlot, and 0.5% Petit Verdot.


98 Pointz James Suckling


“Deep and typical on the nose with blackcurrants, black tea, leather, and graphite. The aromas draw you down to the palate. Full-bodied, creamy, and beautiful with extremely polished, refined tannins. Yet, it’s powerful and long. Highest percent of Cabernet Sauvignon ever. Juicy and almost exotic, but very tidy with ripe tannins.”




97 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“Composed of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Merlot, and 0.5% Petit Verdot, the 2017 Chateau Lafite Rothschild is deep garnet-purple colored. It opens slowly, cautiously with restrained notes of chocolate-covered cherries, mulberries, warm blackcurrants, and wild blueberries, followed by emerging notions of smoked meats, fragrant earth, crushed rocks, and lilacs with touches of cast-iron pan and Marmite toast. Medium-bodied, the palate is deceptively light and quite ethereal on entry, growing in the mouth to reveal elegant layers of energetic red and black fruits with tons of savory accents. Framed by exquisitely ripe, wonderfully fine-grained tannins, it has exhilarating freshness and a very long, hypnotically perfumed finish. On a final note, the alcohol here is a jaw-dropping 12.5%, which is something of a miracle considering the ripeness of the Cabernet. A total head-turner, I cannot wait to follow the development of this wine!”



97 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection


“This wine is poised, gathering freshness and good acidity in the same structured container as the pure black-currant fruits. With 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine has a classicism about it: fruity and structured at the same time.”



96 Pointz Vinous


“During en primeur, the 2017 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild was one of the most impressive wines of the Left Bank. Today, it is equally impressive. An ample, richly constituted wine, the 2017 is an unusually dark, somber Lafite, with a percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon that is among the highest ever here. There is a sort of monastic sense of austerity that gives the wine its impression of reserve. Dark cherry, plum, chocolate, licorice, spice, and menthol develop in the glass, but it will be many years before it awakens. Readers will have to be patient but there is a lot to look forward to here. Like many of his colleagues, Technical Director Eric Kohler opted for gentle extractions and incorporated a relatively high amount of press wine (16%) into the blend. Those are merely details, though, because the 2017 Lafite is stellar.”



96 Pointz Wine Spectator

Collectibles


“This is a youthful tumble of warmed black currant, fig, and blackberry paste flavors, entwined with bay leaf, tobacco, savory, lilac, smoldering charcoal, and warm cast iron notes. Terrific stony minerality zips everything up for now, but riveting acidity and excellent energy should carry this easily in the cellar.”



94 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck


“The grand vin 2017 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild checks as a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blend that includes just 2.5% Merlot and less than 1% of Petit Verdot, brought up in new French oak. It shows the classy, elegant style of both the vintage and the estate, revealing a ruby/purple hue, complex notes of red and black currants, lead pencil, and cedary herbs, medium-bodied richness and depth, and both present tannins and acidity. It checks in behind the 2015 and 2016 yet is nevertheless a classic Lafite. It will benefit from a decade of bottle age and keep for 30 years or more.”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



98 Pointz Decanter


“This is delicious, a real take-a-step-back moment. There's a high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon here, complex and layered with cassis and bilberry notes that tease the attack before being filled out with charcoal, slate, cedar, and even truffle hints, even at this early stage. The finish just doesn't want to quit. It's effortless but questioning, and most importantly it feels like a Lafite - for me this is a contender for red wine of the vintage. Less intense than 2016, but still just beautiful. 40hl/ha yield, unaffected by frost, or maybe just one tiny corner. 99% new oak. 3.75pH.”




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


"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 Pointz 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.”




2015 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Reviews


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 Pointz 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.”



2014 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Reviews



98 Pointz James Suckling


“The aromas of stones, oyster shell, blackcurrants, and mushrooms are very intense. Full-bodied, de,nse, and powerful with lots of blackberries. Great finish. Super energy and depth.”



97 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection


“This is a major wine. It has enormous tension, structure, and a core of dark tannins. Amid all this, the wine is also packed with fruit and concentrated blackberry and black-plum flavors. It will age slowly and steadily with its enormous structure and concentration.”



95 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2014 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, tasted with head winemaker Eric Kohler, has retained that very opulent and outgoing bouquet that dare I say actually reminded me of Mouton-Rothschild. There are layers of blackberry and boysenberry fruit, still that hint of juniper berry, certainly a more extrovert Lafite-Rothschild compared to recent vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, very focused, and quite linear, again with plenty of black fruit laced with cedar and tobacco. It begins to clam up towards the saline finish, suggesting that it will need several years in bottle, but I still have high expectations for this First Growth once afforded several years in bottle.”



95 Pointz Wine Spectator

Collectibles


“Reserved for now, but the core of cassis, bitter plum, and raspberry coulis flavors is pure and energetic, while extra black tea, iron, and singed alder notes fill in steadily through the finish. This has a very focused, streamlined feel overall, yet there's serious depth for the cellar.”


94 Pointz Vinous


“The 2014 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild is a beautiful, vivid wine. It is also going to need a number of years to come together. All the classic Lafite signatures are present in the glass. Dark red and bluish-hued fruits, grilled herbs, crème de cassis, and leather are some of the many notes that gradually open up. The wine is finessed and nuanced to the core. I imagine it will drink well with minimal cellaring, although it clearly also has the potential to grow in bottle.”



2013 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Reviews



This wine is a blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Merlot.


95 Pointz James Suckling


“The aromas of Lafite in 2013 are complex and fascinating with cigar box, Spanish cedar, and dark fruit. Hints of hot stone. Full body, chewy tannins yet very polished and refined. Solid density on the palate. Very long and impressive. This needs three to five years to open. Very impressive for the vintage.”


94 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection


“Almost entirely Cabernet Sauvignon (98%), this structured and dense wine is packed with concentrated dark fruits that are firm, showing intense acidity and freshness under the dark tannins. It's classic Bordeaux, with fruit and tannins in equal measure and needing time. Drink from 2024.”


93 Pointz Vinous


“The 2013 Lafite hits the palate with a burst of dark red and purple fruit. White flowers, mint, and licorice all develop in the glass, adding layers of depth and complexity. Smoke, tar, cinnamon, graphite, dried violets, and plums are all layered into the resonant finish. The style is up-front, textured, and generous, with no hard edges and plenty of near to medium-term potential. The blend is 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Merlot. Tasted twice.”



92 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s

International Wine Cellar


“Medium red-ruby. Very precise, pure, flinty raspberry and coffee aromas are complicated by an intense violet note. Then almost steely in the mouth, with a bright, juicy personality to the flavors of red berries, plum, graphite, and minerals. This struck me as quite mouthfilling without being at all heavy. Finishes with building but smooth tannins and a lovely lingering strawberry sweetness. General director Charles Chevalier said 'I went looking for fruit this year by harvesting as late as feasible, which of course meant that due to rot we made even less wine than projected, but I think we were able to achieve more fruit in this manner. I may have to decrease the time this wine will spend aging in oak but I don't know yet.' When I mentioned to Chevallier that I couldn't remember the last time a vintage of Lafite had so much Cabernet Sauvignon, he promptly answered: 'Few people know, but in 1994 the final blend was an unbelievable 99% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot; this year we just had to get rid of most of the Merlot, because even at 3% or 4% of the total it was obviously only diluting the whole.”



92 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Features a charcoal coating, along with singed bay and tobacco leaf notes, melding pleasantly with the core of lightly steeped black currant and bitter plum fruit. Shows ample length and depth, with the grip striding through the finish. This should be among the long-lived wines of this modest vintage. Best from 2018 through 2028.”




2012 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Reviews



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.”




2011 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Reviews



This wine is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot.


96 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection


" The wine shows the power typical of a Lafite but within the context of the fruity 2011 vintage. The immensely dense tannic structure gives the wine a solid feel that is lifted by so much ripe black currant and berry fruits. At the back, the wine has a more brooding, dark character that suggests great aging potential.”



94 Pointz James Suckling


“Love the nose on this, with sweet tobacco, delicate currant, cedar, and blackberry. Full body with integrated tannins and a juicy, fruity, subtle finish. The texture to this wine is beautiful. Better than I remember from barrel. Try in 2019.”



94 Pointz Wine Spectator


“This delivers pronounced tobacco and bay leaf notes up front, with a core of steeped plum and currant fruit and a fleshy edge through the charcoal-lined finish. There's some serious buried minerality, which should emerge with cellaring.”


93 Pointz Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


“The 2011 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot with an alcohol level of 12.6%. It has wonderful purity on the nose with blackberry, cassis, raspberry, a touch of graphite, and an attractive floral note. It is feminine and beguiling. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins on the entry, crisp acidity, very harmonious and alluring with blackberry, raspberry, and a saline touch towards the long caressing finish. It is a more sensual Lafite that I was expecting, with great persistency and poise.”


92 Pointz Stephen Tanzer's

International Wine Cellar


“Good full ruby-purple; this really stains the glass. Highly expressive aromas of blackberry, crushed strawberry, flint, cedar, pepper, and herbs. Rich and bright in the mouth, with pungent minerality and a cedary note keeping the dark and red fruit flavors fresh. The long finish features lovely floral lift and substantial but ripe tannins. This strikes me as a very successful Lafite.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



95 Pointz Decanter


"Developing into classical Lafite - meaning the frame comes from fine tannins, and the overall impression is of subtle complexity, still extremely young but with energy and lift. A gentle cedar smoke and liquorice edging becomes clear as it opens up, and the black fruits are savoury."



17.5/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


"Inky black core. Definite herbaceous aroma of cassis leaf, cedary cassis. Pretty leafy on the palate too but adds freshness. Cabernet Franc-like character although I believe the blend is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot. Chalky-dry tannins. A bit drying on the finish but has leafy elegance."




2010 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Reviews




This wine is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Merlot.



100 Pointz Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


“The 2010 Lafite Rothschild, a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Merlot (a 3% difference from the barrel sample shown two years ago), achieved relatively high alcohol of 13.32%, according to administrator Charles Chevalier. The wine is very impressive, not as fleshy, flamboyant, and massive as the 2009, but nevertheless, a big, rich, full-throttle Lafite-Rothschild meant to age a half century or more. Deep purple, with notes of white chocolate, mocha, cedar, and charcoal as well as hints of vanillin and creme de cassis, the wine is full-bodied yet has that ethereal lightness that makes it a Lafite. Rich, with good acidity, precision, and freshness, this is a slightly zestier version of the 2009 as well as more restrained and structured than that particular vintage. It will need at least 10-12 years of cellaring and keep for 50+ years.”



100 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Top 100 Cellar Selection of 2013


“Almost black in color, this stunning wine is gorgeous, rich, and dense. It's grand and powerful, with a strong sense of its own importance. The beautiful tannins and the fragrant black currant fruits are palpable. It's a great wine, with huge potential.”



99 Pointz James Suckling


“This is shy and not giving its all at the moment. Yet it is full and intense with a tightly intertwined tannic and fruit structure. Ethereal blackberry, currant, cedar, and nutty flavors. Dried flowers too. Cedar jewel box smell comes out with time. Great finish. So, so long and harmonious. Try in 2018.”



97 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Rather tight, with an alluring whiff of cocoa that lures you in before disappearing into the core of steeped plum, roasted fig, and blackberry coulis notes. Sandalwood, black tea, and loam elements fill in on the long and expansive finish. This seems to be lying in wait for what could be a very long time in the cellar before unfurling fully. Best from 2018 through 2045.”


96 Pointz Stephen Tanzer's

International Wine Cellar


“Deep ruby-purple. Closed but extremely pure and penetrating on the nose, offering delicate aromas of crushed blackcurrant, flint, and graphite lifted by a perfumed violet top note. Very refined and clean on the palate, with concentrated cassis, violet, ink, and cedar flavors that are archetypal Lafite. Finishes with the hint of astringency that I find in a lot of 2010 Bordeaux. This is an extremely impressive Lafite but it needs at least a decade of cellaring.”



96 Pointz Vinous


“The 2010 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild has more vivacious bouquet than expected with veins of blue fruit and iodine tincturing the black fruit. It is well defined if just missing the audacity of the Latour. The palate is approachable on the entry with fine grain tannins. It feels a touch more mature than the other First Growths, though the pliant and poised finish has a sensuality uncommon in Lafite. Superb. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 10-Year On Bordeaux horizontal.”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



100 Pointz Decanter


“Inky colour, more so than in many years of Lafite, imprinted by the vintage. It is at this level, in these type of years, where you see why these terroirs have stood out for centuries. We are in a crowded field of excellence in Pauillac in 2010, and yet still the First Growths manage to deliver an extra heartbeat of brilliance. This is still extremely closed, and I have no hesitation in saying that when Lafite is planning its 250th anniversary celebrations that this will be one of the wines that it chooses, just as we all marvelled at the 1893 in the summer of 2018. Blocks of liquorice and black chocolate come through alongside the tannins, standing guard to ensure the fruits don't escape before they are ready to do so. There are vintages where Lafite is sculpted, liquid elegance (like 2017, speaking of one I have recently tasted), and where it stands out against the vintage, and then there are other years when it epitomises why the vintage is so good, and that is where we are here. It has less obvious muscles than the Latour but every bit of the strength.”




2009

Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Reviews



100 Pointz James Suckling


“This is what the Medoc is all about. The freshness and delicacy of this wine in combination with its serious concentration and firm core are totally stunning. Time has already worked its magic and this is already delicious, but has decades in front of it. Drink or hold.”

 


98 Pointz Wine Spectator


“This is stunning for its ability to take massively endowed fig, currant paste, and crushed plum fruit flavors and harness them with ultra suave freshly roasted espresso, black tea, and ganache notes. A seductive style, long and velvety, with the dense core of black fruit and smoldering iron just waiting and waiting. Best from 2020 through 2040.”


BOTTLZnotes:  smoldering iron, REALLY !!!



97 Pointz Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


“The deep garnet-colored 2009 Lafite Rothschild bursts from the glass with red and black currant preserves, warm plums, mulberries, and kirsch scents plus suggestions of sweaty leather, cigar box, and menthol. Medium-bodied, elegant, and firmly structured, it has wonderful freshness and a long earthy/meaty finish.” 



97 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“A powerful expression of Cabernet Sauvignon, solid in structure. The wine is rich and concentrated, very textured. Great spice goes with just enough fresh acidity, in this big wine.” 



96 Pointz Stephen Tanzer's

International Wine Cellar


“Deep ruby-red. Classic Lafite aromas of cassis, cedar, and graphite are lifted by a fragrant violet note. Then pure and vibrant on the palate, with seamless flavors of blackcurrant, blackberry, cedar, iron, and flint. The very smooth tannins provide plenty of support to the fruit flavors, while the wine's harmonious acidity really draws out the finish. This outstanding Lafite is all about grace--in contrast to Latour's power.”



96 Pointz Vinous


“The 2009 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild is quite high-toned and expressive on the nose, perhaps the most ostentatious of the top flight 2009s with upfront black cherry and boysenberry fruit, lavish new oak, and touches of violet. The palate is sleek and satin-like in feel with copious dark cherry and boysenberry fruit, fig and dates, almost honeyed in texture towards the precocious finish that has an opulent bent, almost hedonistic, unusual for this First Growth. But it is kinda irresistible.”




Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


98 Pointz Decanter


“It displays, as Lafite always does, more of a laid back elegance than Latour, and the difference between the two once again highlights the huge differences in terroir between north and south Pauillac, with the deep gravels here giving finesse, composure, almost nonchalance. It tames with a whisper, bringing you to submission by gently, purposefully, and ever so slowly layering one thing on top of another. It has gorgeously pure and precise fruit on the nose, while the palate displays a multitude of flavours, from charcoal to cassis to crushed stone, and yet no one thing dominates. There are a ton of tannins, but they are individually fine, and it's only in retrospect that you realise how many of them there are. The tone of Lafite is speaking over the vintage, and it's going to run and run.” 



19/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine 


“Tasted blind. Crimson with a weak rim. Sweet and racy. Minerals and life. Dry, even slightly drying, tannins and not yet ready but all is tucked in there for a lovely stony future. Sinewy. So long and fresh.” 



2008

Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Reviews



This wine is a  blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc.



98 Pointz Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


“A candidate for the -wine of the vintage,- the 2008 should have been purchased before it began to soar in value because of the significance of the number 8 in the Chinese culture (denoting good luck). Representing 40% of the production, this blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc offers aromas of high quality unsmoked cigar tobacco, lead pencil shavings, creme de cassis, earth, cedar and asphalt. Full, rich, and stunningly concentrated, I doubt it is inferior to the 2010, just more classic as well as slightly more forward and a degree weaker in alcoholic potency (12.5% versus 13.5%).” 



97 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection


“Elegance in a glass, this is very upright in structure with enticing acidity and black berry fruits. It has weight as well as richness. No question about the aging potential of this superb wine.” 



95 Pointz James Suckling


“Minerals, tar, and sous bois with dark fruit. Sweet tobacco. Black licorice. Full and chewy with lots of fruit but very reserved. So much mineral and sweet tobacco. It is all there. Give it four to five years of bottle age before exploring the wine.” 



94 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck


“The 2008 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild is one of the few wines that’s still obviously closed and backward, yet nevertheless shows incredible potential. Made from a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc (which is more Merlot than normal), it offers textbook Lafite elegance and class in its perfume of lead pencil, cedarwood, cigar smoke, and mineral-laced black fruits. Playing in the medium to full-bodied spectrum, it’s deceivingly concentrated and powerful due to its perfect balance and purity as well as weightless texture. Hide bottles for 4-5 years and enjoy this classic Lafite over the following 30 years or so.” 



94 Pointz Vinous


“The 2008 Chateau Lafite Rothschild put in a strange showing at the previous horizontal just a few weeks earlier. This bottle is much better. It has a deep color with little ageing on the rim. On the nose there is ample fruit, blackberry, and bilberry with notes of pencil lead and sage, but overall there is just more intensity than the previous bottle. The palate is well balanced with fine grain tannin and good density, a facet occasionally lacking in Lafite-Rothschild. There is just a touch of brown sugar and sage towards the finish that fortunately does not attenuate like the previous bottle. This is much more representative and whilst not the best First Growth of the vintage, it certainly shows more sophistication and class even if it does not match its more stellar showings just after bottling.” 



93 Pointz Stephen Tanzer's

International Wine Cellar



“Full ruby-red with a purple tinge. Crushed cassis, blackberry, violet, cedar, and graphite on the very fresh, complex nose. Juicy, spicy, and penetrating, with lovely harmonious acids providing great clarity and cut to the black fruit and graphite flavors. Still youthfully closed and very mineral. Finishes pure and extremely long, with very fine tannins. This may yet turn out to be the wine of the vintage, but it will require patience.” 



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom 



94 Pointz Decanter


“Extremely Cabernet dominant, with savoury black fruit and a ton of Pauillac character. A fairly reserved, finely-boned Lafite, with menthol and tobacco leaf. Subdued right now but in it for the long haul. The vintage with the Chinese symbol for eight engraved on the bottle, commemorates the planting of the Long Dai vineyard in China - a fact that made the price of this bottle shoot up when it was released.” 



17.5/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine



“Cabernet Sauvignon 83%, Merlot just 13%.Subtle purplish crimson. Sumptuous nose - almost Mouton-like (whereas Mouton seems to be making a more Lafite-like wine in 2008). Richer and riper than some earlier vintages of Lafite with even a hint of sweetness. Medium tannins and a dry finish but not the ballerina-like lift that I associate with Lafite. Not much lift or real aromatic interest - but perhaps we were too hurried through the tasting room to appreciate its finer points? Both Julia and Steven Spurrier tasting alongside me were more enthusiastic.”



2007

Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Reviews


This wine is a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot. 



94 Pointz Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


“A candidate for the wine of the vintage, the 2007 Chateau Lafite Rothschild (84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot) reveals classic Lafite aromas of graphite, unsmoked cigar tobacco, black currants, cherries, and a hint of truffles. The complex aromatics are followed by a round, medium to full-bodied wine with silky tannins, an overall subtle smoky component, and a rich, round, generous, plump finish. Already evolved and delicious, it should continue to drink well for two decades.” 



94 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“This is a wine for aging. The tannins are dense, very dry with a feel of extraction. It takes a while for the black currant fruit to show through, with acidity and freshness dominant. The wine is still settling, and time will bring the fruit into line with the tannins.” 



93 Pointz Stephen Tanzer's

International Wine Cellar


“Good bright ruby. Cassis, minerals, licorice, and mint lifted by spices on the nose. Moderately dense and fruit-driven, with lovely mouthcoating breadth to the dark berry, spice, and fresh herb flavors; remains just this side of peppery. Best today on the subtle but very persistent finish, which features very fine-grained tannins, a restrained sweetness, and a captivating vibrancy. Among the most suave and refined examples of the vintage.”



93 Pointz Vinous


“84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot. Good bright ruby. Cassis, minerals, licorice, and mint lifted by spices on the nose. Moderately dense and fruit-driven, with lovely mouthcoating breadth to the dark berry, spice, and fresh herb flavors; remains just this side of peppery. Best today on the subtle but very persistent finish, which features very fine-grained tannins, a restrained sweetness, and a captivating vibrancy. Among the most suave and refined examples of the vintage.”

 

91 Pointz Wine Spectator


“A big, juicy wine for the vintage, with spice, sweet tobacco, and plum aromas and flavors. Full, long, and rich, with a soft texture. A little tight, but should develop nicely in the bottle. Best after 2014.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom




18.5/20 Pointz Decanter 


“Black-red colour, big, almost velvety, violets on the nose, expressive while also being quite restrained, firm, even slightly old-fashioned compared to the explosion of fruit in recent years, a wine of immense purity and great length and breed. Drink 2015-30. 5 stars.”



17.5/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“38% of the crop went into the grand vin this year, 55% into Les Carruades. Ruby with quite a wide rim. Very light nose with real freshness. Fine, delicate, yet pretty supple. Not the race of Lafite’s best vintages – a bit softer and less acidity. Drags down just a little on the end of the palate. Quite a bit of tannin. But I’d like a bit of lift and energy! There’s more of that in the Duhart-Milon tasted alongside. . . Drink 2013-22. “



2006

Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Reviews


This wine is a blend is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc.  


96 Pointz Wine Enthusiast 

Cellar Selection


“As so often with Lafite, it is power that marks this wine. That, and density of texture. The additional element in this vintage, and at this stage of the wine’s development, is a dominant wood element. The vanilla and tannins from the wood match well with the concentrated tannins of the fruit, which is dark, dense, and tight. This is a wine for long-term aging: in 15 years this will have superb richness.” 



95 Pointz James Suckling


“The aromas of blue fruit, iodine, sweet tobacco, and lavender follow through nicely to the palate that’s medium-bodied with fine, firm tannins and a long, cool finish. Still a little tight, but shows great finesse and pedigree. Just starting to open now.” 



95 Pointz Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


“The 2006 Château Lafite-Rothschild offers impressive fruit intensity on the nose, although it does not have the precision of the 2006 Mouton-Rothschild. Red berry fruits intermingle with rose petals and sous-bois scents - very typical Lafite bouquet where less can be more. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and a keen line of acidity. It is certainly very well balanced with graphite-tinged black fruit, but whereas Mouton-Rothschild possesses that peacock's tail, Lafite remains linear. Nevertheless, the sophistication really comes through here. It is a Lafite-Rothschild that may spring a few surprises down the line, one of those wines that keeps drawing you back. Understated class.”  



95 Pointz Vinous


“Very ripe aromas of cassis, graphite, and cedar chips, lifted by peppery and floral high notes. Densely packed and superconcentrated but light on its feet, with compelling flavors of spicy berries and minerals. The very long, slow-building finish stains the palate with flavor. Very backward but not austere; and unlike some recent vintages of Lafite, which could appear deceptively light in the early going, this showcases its density and ripeness from the outset. I have the impression that most of the less-ripe fruit was declassified into the far lighter Carruades de Lafite (87), which shows a distinctly cool style for the year.” 



95 Pointz Wine Spectator 

Collectibles


“Plum, sweet tobacco, and blackberry aromas follow through to a full body, offering a tight, chewy palate, yet with polished, refined tannins. Very long and caressing. This turns to a muscular and toned young wine. Gets better and better with age.” 



94 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“In tasting this wine over the course of several days, it transforms from the overt richness of puppy fat and new oak to a more supple enigma. The pure, clean fruit flavors of blueberry jam turn earthier, while the oak becomes more of a veil. This Lafite will require 20 years or more to begin to show its character, and it should reward those with the patience to wait.” 


Bonus Reviews 

United Kingdom


93 Pointz Decanter


“This seems a bit foursquare to me: somewhat stolid, without the brilliancy to the fruit or the generosity that one hopes for from Lafite. The texture is surprisingly tannic and somewhat reserved. It shows the breed and style of the house without the excitement of the better vintages. Let’s hope it opens up with time. A challenging year, with a cool growing season following a warm spring and rain in September. 42% of the harvest went into the grand vin. The final blend is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc.” 



18.5/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“40% of the harvest went into the grand vin. Late picked (26 Sep - 3 Oct for the Cabernet, which comprises 82% of the blend) but presumably it was viticulture that kept the grapes in such good nick. The Merlot was picked much earlier (16-22 September). Less blue than Duhart with mid concentration. Very healthy opulent concentrated crimson. A particular spice to this vintage on the nose. Crisp and racy and beautifully balanced on the palate - possibly the most complete wine so far. Just caresses the palate and only on the finish shows you quite how much (notably ripe) tannin there is underneath. Remarkably compact. Lovely freshness without any greenness or angularity.” 



2005

Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Reviews


This wine is a blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot.



100 Pointz James Suckling


“An incredible nose, so subtle with red fruits, mint, minerals, and all sorts of flowers gives way to Cohiba cigar tobacco. The palate has such freshness and density, with perfectly polished tannins. Slightly leathery, like a wonderful Hermes bag. What a wine, please leave this for another ten years.” 



99 Pointz Wine Enthusiast 

Cellar Selection


“Initially dense, almost black enough to be attacked with a knife. But then it becomes apparent that this is a beautifully integrated, balanced wine, bringing together power, with the hallmark Lafite style and poise. In the end, you have a wine that promises an impressive aging potential along with delicious black currant fruits, acidity, and a layer of striking tannins.”

 


98 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“Chateau Lafite Rothschild is the most elegant of the firsts in 2005; it also may be the most romantic. The wine's heady scent of new oak rises in harmony with the succulent red fruit. Then the tannins come on with a gentle roar, layering the perception of flavors in subtle shadings. There's not a trace of the hyperintensity that so many young 2005s wear as if required for their longevity. The stones of Lafite grow something more numinous than that, a wine with the power to strike an emotional chord through taste. This will be one of the longest-lived wines of 2005.” 



98 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Delivers blackberry, dried porcini, tobacco, and licorice aromas. Full-bodied, with layers of velvety tannins and loads of dark chocolate, cigar box, currant, berry, and mineral. The finish is long, with a coffee, almost meaty, aftertaste. Very beautiful and balanced.” 



97 Pointz Stephen Tanzer's

International Wine Cellar


“Knockout nose combines black- and redcurrant, minerals, graphite, licorice, and lavender. Wonderfully suave and seamless, but with great purity and precision of flavor and terrific inner-palate perfume and lift. This dances over every square millimeter of the palate. Almost painfully young today, with an impression of fresh acidity serving to intensify the wine's flavors. About as austere a wine as I tasted from this vintage in April and yet it's not hard. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and a whiplash of minerally perfume. I'd forget about this one for about 15 years.” 



97 Pointz Vinous


“The 2005 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild is a gorgeous wine, but it is also very young. Readers lucky enough to own it will find a very classic, gracious Lafite-Rothschild that still needs a few years to be at its best. Bright red-toned fruit, crushed rocks, mint, and licorice open first, followed by darker aromas and flavors that develop as the wine gains volume with air. Tasted next to its peers, Lafite is so typical of itself and less marked by the year. And that is one of the signs of a truly great terroir. Lafite-Rothschild is not as showy as many other wines in this vintage, but it is so true to its own identity, and that is the highest compliment I can pay it. The 2005 is 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot, done in 100% new oak, which is not at all noticeable. At the time, the Cabernet percentage was quite high, but that has now become the norm.” 



96 Pointz Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


“Having tasted the 2005 Château Lafite-Rothschild several times both blind and non-blind, it comes across as a First Growth politely requesting more time to 'settle'. Here, from an ex-château bottle tasted in Bordeaux, it delivers that graphite, pencil-box bouquet that unfurls gradually in the glass, biding its time, graceful but not intense. Parallel to some of its fellow 2005s, it is developing a little more spice, namely thyme and sage, than I recall. The palate is medium-bodied and beautifully balanced, to wit, a sophisticated Pauillac that priorities elegance and poise over intensity of fruit—in keeping with Lafite Rothschild's style. You come away with the sense that it will take its time and decline, giving away a great deal in its primacy, even if it is still more approachable than the 2005 Latour for example. Therefore, I would be inclined to set this aside for several more years.” 



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



99 Pointz Decanter


“A wine worthy of superlatives, the 2005 Lafite showed incredible concentration yet a superb balance. The lovely blackcurrant and plum fruit shows a fragrant floral edge, hints of oak spice, and a firm, earthy underpinning. The texture is superbly elegant, with a lovely freshness and a lilting, silky finish, yet it does not lack a tannic grip, and the finish is satisfyingly long. Near perfection. A blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot with just a drop of Petit Verdot, aged in new casks.” 



19.5/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“This was the star of the tasting for pure, inherent quality -- a truly glorious wine that will presumably continue to impress those lucky enough to taste it for many decades to come. Very dark, shaded crimson. The most gorgeous panoply of aromas on the nose -- not yet knit but just starting to integrate. Exceptionally promising. Absolutely marvellous wine that was extremely difficult to spit. Fresh but ripe with great life and energy. The density of fruit covered the considerable charge of tannin. Such verve! So healthy. Some pure stoniness on the mid-palate.” just waiting and waiting. Best from 2020 through 2040.” 


2004 

Chateau Lafite Rothschild Reviews



96 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“Yes, there is power to this wine. But more than that, it exudes authority; a dense and solid wine with an impressive presence and texture. It has a velvet mouthfeel: the tannins are dusty and mineral, alongside fruit flavors of ripe black plums and dark figs, leavened with fresh acidity. The potential, of course, is there: 20 years if you can wait.” 



95 Pointz Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


“The 2004 Lafite-Rothschild appears to be another late-bloomer in the sense that this 12-year-old bottle is the best I have tasted, implying an upward swing in quality. It has a wondrous bouquet, very sensual and pure with blackberry, graphite, and cedar -- all the hallmarks of Pauillac, delivered with great panache. It is more opulent than I recall. The palate is medium-bodied with silky tannins, pitch-perfect acidity, and a beautiful structure. There is a regal sense to this Lafite, understated compared to the other First Growths, and yet the persistence on the finish deserves a round of applause, especially in the context of the vintage. This is superb and could possibly turn out to be the pick of the Firsts.”

 


95 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“The most aristocratic of the Pauillac premier crus in this vintage, Lafite captures the pure black-currant flavor of fine Cabernet Sauvignon. Though oak blocks the aroma for now, a river of fruit runs through the taste into a long, expansive finish. The wine is layered and palate coating, its luscious fruit tamed by firm, mineral tannin. Elegant.” 



93 Pointz Stephen Tanzer's

International Wine Cellar



“Medium ruby-red. Scented nose offers plum, mocha, licorice, graphite, flowers, and tobacco. Suave, silky, and fine-grained, with lovely inner-mouth aromatic character and energy. Perfumed flavors of redcurrant, minerals, and cedar. Finishes very long and firm, with terrific grip for this mostly gentle vintage.” 



93 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Intense aromas of currant, coffee, toasty oak, and sweet tobacco follow through to a full-bodied palate, with velvety tannins, great mouthfeel, and a long finish. A refined Lafite.” 



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



18/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“Deep garnet. Marked and attractive herbaceous freshness on the nose. Even a touch of capsicum. Very little tertiary character showing. Similar on the palate, really quite cedary and herbaceous -- not unripe but quite the opposite of super-ripe. But all this adds up to great freshness, tannins that are fine and dry, and a long, dry yet rather gentle persistence.” 



2003

Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Reviews



100 Pointz Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


“The 2003 Lafite Rothschild comes as close to perfection as any of the great Lafites made over the past three decades (1982, 1986, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2009, and 2010). This sensational effort came in at 12.7% natural alcohol, it is made in the style of one of this estate’s great classics, the 1959. Composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it exhibits a dense ruby/purple color to the rim along with a luxurious bouquet of cedarwood, lead pencil shaving, white chocolate, cocoa, and cassis. Fat, rich, opulent, and full-bodied with low acidity and stunning seductiveness and complexity, this noble wine possesses a bountiful, generous, heady style. It is just coming into its plateau of maturity where it should hold for 20-25 years. This is one of the candidates for the wine of the vintage – make no mistake about that.” 



98 Pointz James Suckling


“Spicy and rich, with a tobacco and berry character on the nose and palate I love the nose. Full-bodied, with soft velvety tannins that give you so much. This goes on and on. Sexy and exciting right now, but leave this for five or six years.” 



97 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“This is a splendid wine. Yes, it is more powerful than the usual aristocratic Lafites, but it still manages to retain a special air of great elegance and presence. The fruits are black, the tannins immensely powerful, the flavors are of black figs, dates, cocoa. At the end, there is a vibrant acidity that shows through, which promises a great life for this great wine.” 



96 Pointz Vinous


“The 2003 Lafite-Rothschild famously shrugged off the merciless heat of that infamous summer when the temperature at the estate nudge 42° Celsius. It has a lovely bouquet of black plum, pressed iris, a touch of glycerin, and (for Lafite) exotic scents of blood orange. The palate is powerful and intense as you would expect. There is great depth and volume with glossy black fruit laced with orange zest, smoke, and melted tar. You can almost feel the summer in this Lafite-Rothschild but unlike many of its peers, it has requisite acidity to maintain freshness and avoid cloyingness on the finish. Whilst not my pick of modern-day Lafites, I have to doff my cap because it was, and still is, one of the finest Left Banks of the vintage.”

 

96 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Subtle, complex aromas of berries, licorice, and currants. Full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long finish. Very well-integrated wine. Lovely stuff. Wonderful length and finesse.” 



93 Pointz Stephen Tanzer's

International Wine Cellar


“Full red-ruby color. Captivating aromas of cassis, cherry, tobacco, mocha, coffee, and leather, with a complicating element of dried oregano and thyme. At once silky and penetrating in the mouth, with very firm acids for the vintage giving shape and thrust to the dense flavors of currant, tobacco, and iodine. Finishes with broad, dusty tannins and superb persistence.” 



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



18/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine



“Dark crimson. Quite severe and obviously Left Bank. Strong cassis aromas. A sweet start on the palate. Fine, polished, very classy wine. Obviously elegant and extremely fresh on the finish. Excellent lift with very finely etched flavours. A prime example of how unlike the great majority of 2003 red Bordeaux the best of those grown in Pauillac and St-Estèphe are.” 



2002

Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Reviews



95 Pointz Wine Spectator 

Collectibles


“Bubbling over with crushed berries, currants and spices, with tobacco notes. Beautiful. Full-bodied, with gorgeously velvety tannins and a long finish of pretty fruit. This is a racy yet elegant Lafite. Classy.” 



94 Pointz Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


“A brilliant offering and a candidate for wine of the vintage, this is classic Lafite that reminded me somewhat of the 1976, although the vintage conditions were completely different. This is a medium-weight, quintessentially elegant style of Lafite with notes of lead pencil shavings/graphite along with black currants, plums, and crushed rocks/mineral. Wonderfully pure, dense, with a deep ruby/purple color and loads of fruit, definition, and a long finish, this is a brilliant, elegant Lafite Rothschild that builds incrementally in the mouth and has more power and density than it initially seems.” 



92 Pointz Stephen Tanzer's

International Wine Cellar


“Subdued but pure aromas of currant, plum, minerals, graphite, and sexy, coconutty oak; showed a floral note with aeration. Extremely suave, fine-grained, and concentrated, with a strong spine of acidity. Finishes firmly tannic, subtle, and very long. This should develop slowly.” 



Bonus Review

United Kingdom



93 Pointz Decanter


"This has still-tight tannins and remains deep in colour, with just the very beginnings of whispering its age. After a few minutes in the glass, cigar notes curl up and out, followed by beautifully elegant, savoury-edged black fruit and tea leaf notes. This was extremely austere at first, but it's now beginning to soften and is likely to develop similarly to the 1999, which makes it one to watch. Will reward further cellaring." 



2001

Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Reviews


This wine is a blend of 86.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13.5% Merlot. 



96 Pointz Vinous


“The 2001 Lafite-Rothschild has a little more precision on the nose compared to the millennial Lafite. It’s vivid and focused, featuring blackberry, briar, cedar, and mint, and a touch of cola in the background. The palate is well balanced and svelte in texture, building beautifully with aeration to a gorgeous, truffle-tinged finish that is a little spicier than three years ago, when I last tasted this vintage. Maybe it just tails off toward the finish when compared to the 2000. Still, this is an elegant, blue-blooded Lafite-Rothschild that exudes class.” 



96 Pointz Wine Spectator 

Collectibles

Top 100 Wines of 2004


“Stick your nose in this and it says something: "I am special." Deep and generous aromas of blackberries, fresh tobacco, and minerals. It's full-bodied, with big velvety tannins and a super-long finish. Like a fine cashmere sweater.” 



94 Pointz Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


“The 2001 Chateau Lafite Rothschild’s deep, saturated plum/purple color is accompanied by lead pencil liqueur-like notes intermixed with sweet red and black currants, plums, and cedar. This blend of 86.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13.5% Merlot is a classic example of Lafite. Extremely elegant, medium-bodied, with intense concentration, richness, and sweet tannin, it appears to be on a rapid evolutionary track, at least in comparison to recent Lafite vintages that have been far more backward and powerful.” 



93 Pointz Stephen Tanzer's

International Wine Cellar


“Bright red-ruby. Sexy aromas of raspberry, cedar, coconut, minerals, lead pencil, chocolate, and tobacco leaf. Juicy, lively, and penetrating, with sharply delineated flavors of blackberry, raspberry, and rose petal. Boasts the classic inner-mouth energy of this great first growth, but also grew increasingly silky with extended aeration. Finishes with tongue-coating tannins and a superb lift.” 



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


95 Pointz Decanter


“Amazing finesse: lead pencil, cassis, cedar, and unforgettable. A very underrated vintage.” 




17.5/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine 


“Lively and racy and readable and Lafite-like? Racy with green-apples character and admirably long. This still seems to have been the most successful Pauillac first growth in this uncharming vintage. Perhaps because it is not too tough or dense? Drink 2011-2021.”



2000

Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Reviews




This wine is a blend of 93.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6.7% Merlot.


100 Pointz James Suckling


“The nose is fresh, bright, and dense. With aromas of violets, minerals, spices, cool stones, mint, dark fruits, and plum skins, this is beautiful. Very much still a baby right now, it needs much more time. This is a wine for the next generation. Finesse and elegance, truly a wine that makes you contemplate life. This is not about power, there is really nothing like it.” 



99 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Best of 2003


“Perhaps of all the first growths in the totally un-classic 2000, this retains most of the classic Bordeaux. It is certainly almost black in color, while the new wood flavors are very present. But it shows an impressive restraint, leaving the power of the wine to be revealed over the years rather than immediately. This could well be the longest-lived of the Pauillac's first growths.” 



98 Pointz Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


“Since I gave this wine a perfect score, I suppose some could see this as a downgrade. I found everything still there for a perfect rating, but I was just struck by how tight and backward the wine was. A blend of 93.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, the wine still has a dark ruby/purple color and an extraordinarily youthful nose of graphite, black currants, sweet, unsmoked cigar tobacco, and flowers. The wine is rich, medium to full-bodied, but has that ethereal elegance and purity that is always Lafite.” 



98 Pointz Wine Spectator


“This is remarkably young, with a deep well of succulent black currant, fig, and blackberry fruit notes that feel 10 years younger than most peers, carried by wave upon wave of velvety tannins. Despite the density and heft, there's glorious length and finesse too, with alluring black tea, smoldering charcoal, and warm paving stone notes just starting to emerge. Awesome wine.” 



97 Pointz Vinous


“The 2000 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild is deep in color. It has a beautifully defined bouquet of blackberry, cedar, and mint, still quite closed but very focused. There is a lot of power here, but maybe not the same level of elegance as other vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, firm grip, very nicely judged acidity, and good density on the finish. This is quite backward and muscular at the moment, although aeration/decanting shaves some of its edges. It’s just beginning to open and improves with time in the glass.” 



96 Pointz Stephen Tanzer's

International Wine Cellar


“Full medium ruby. Flamboyantly perfumed aromas of cassis, graphite, and tobacco, lifted by a floral nuance and stony minerality. Very young and precise but not austere or forbidding. A remarkably rich, silky, seamless Lafite with superb vibrancy for the vintage. Tannins are noble and the aristocratic finishing flavors go on and on.” 


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom 



98 Pointz Decanter


“A baby, still barely evolved at 20 years old, perhaps the slowest out of the block of all Five Firsts at this point in their lives. Savoury black fruits, elegant yet concentrated, extremely Cabernet and extremely Lafite. The power comes slowly, expanding through the palate to show graphite, pencil shavings, cigar smoke, all with firm acidities and a fantastic grip. 46% of the overall crop went into this wine in the 2000 vintage. A brilliant example of the success at Lafite under the longtime triumvirate of owner Baron Éric de Rothschild, CEO Christophe Salin, and estate director Charles Chevallier.” 



18.5/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine



“Dark ruby - same colour as Ch Margaux 2000. Very light - almost soapy - on the nose. Lots of chew and potential. Polished sinewy tanins but not nearly ready - however many bottles have already been drunk in China! Appetising but wait. Green notes at the moment. This has length and potential.”


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