Lafite Rothschild 2020 (6x75cl)

Lafite Rothschild 2020 (6x75cl)

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Château Lafite Rothschild has produced a “simply exquisite” 2020 vintage that will “surpass the 2015 and 2017 and be in the same realm as the 2018 and 2019” according to Jeb Dunnuck (97-99 points). Long-term collectors will love Dunnuck’s assessment that this is “going to be just about immortal”! (Neal Martin gives a drinking window to 2070!)

Dangling a potentially perfect score, James Suckling calls Lafite 2020 “ethereal and so refined with finesse” with “tannins that melt into the wine”. Awarding an equally stunning 19 points, James Lawther MW is blown away by the “enormous length” and commends the “incredible potential” of the Lafite 2020.
99-100 James Suckling  
97-99 Jeb Dunnuck  
97-99 Wine Enthusiast  
97 Decanter  
96-98 Vinous (NM)  
96-98 Wine Advocate  
95-97 Vinous (AG)  
19 Jancis Robinson  
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  • Year 2020
  • Colour Red
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • Sub Region Pauillac
  • Designation
  • Classification
  • Pack Size 6x75cl
  • ABV 12.00°
  • Drinking Window 2035 - 2070
  • Drinking Recommendation Not Ready
  • LWIN 101187220200600750
Reviews (8)
99-100 James Suckling  
97-99 Jeb Dunnuck  
97-99 Wine Enthusiast  
97 Decanter  
96-98 Vinous (NM)  
96-98 Wine Advocate  
95-97 Vinous (AG)  
19 Jancis Robinson  
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About Château Lafite Rothschild

Château Lafite-Rothschild is one of the most collectable wines in the world. Purchased in 1868 it has remained continuously in the Rothschild family. Less powerful than Latour and more classical than Mouton, the hallmarks of this wine of wines is a taut, lithe, willowy muscularity, enveloped by transcendent just-ripe black fruit with the perfect sweetness of blackcurrant, black cherry and plum. The scent of Lafite often beguiles its fortunate drinkers and the mythical, irresistible perfume of wonderful cedar, so fresh and elegant, must be experienced to be believed.

Part of Lafite’s centuries-long success lies in its situation on some of the most gravel-dominant terroir in the Médoc. Up to ten metres deep with the stuff in some places, there are a few pockets of aeolian black sand and bedrock of limestone to complete the soils. Naturally conducive to the production of the most unbelievable Cabernet Sauvignon, the Grand Vin of Château Lafite Rothschild is frequently composed of up to 90% of the varietal. Couple this with the outstandingly talented team, headed for 40 years by the imperious Charles Chevallier (until 2018), and we have an estate whose strength lies in its being “a spectrum of flavours rather than a strong expression of any particular one” in the words of Chevallier’s replacement, Eric Kohler.

The 1996 vintage onwards heralded some of the best wines in their history; 2003 and 2009 are notably outstanding. Elegant, fresh, with great fruit purity and remarkable ageing potential. The second wine, Carruades de Lafite, has also been intensely collected over the past decade.

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