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    Lafite Rothschild

    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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    7 Products

    Prices: In Bond Inc. VAT
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Carruades de Lafite 1996 (12x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £4,167.34
    1996

    Carruades de Lafite 1996 (12x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (86-88)

    I have noticed in my tastings that the second wine of Lafite-Rothschild, Carruades de Lafite, has improved over recent years. The 1996, a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Merlot, may turn out to be the finest Carruades I have ever tasted. It possesses as much power, ripeness, and fleshy fruit (because of the high percentage of Merlot) as I have ever detected in this offering. While it does not quite have the characteristics of Lafite, being fleshier and more accessible, it is a beautifully made wine with a subtle dosage of toasty new oak, an appealing texture, and excellent length. Given its power, this second wine will need 2-4 years of cellaring, and keep for 15+ years (I would not be surprised to see it last for two decades).
    from a Swiss cellar Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 87.5 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £4,167.34
    Carruades de Lafite 1999 (12x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £4,650.94
    1999

    Carruades de Lafite 1999 (12x75cl)

    Stephen Tanzer - Vinous (90)

    Good bright red-ruby. Dark aromas of cassis, blueberry, licorice, violet, mint and bitter chocolate, along with a faint note of candied berries. Tightly wound and quite juicy, with a strong mineral spine giving it a rather linear, lean impression. But classy and not at all hard, with lovely underlying fruit. Finishes firmly tannic and fresh. Not fat, but subtle and stylish.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 90.0 (ST) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £4,650.94
    Carruades de Lafite 2005 (12x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £3,752.14
    2005

    Carruades de Lafite 2005 (12x75cl)

    Wine Enthusiast (91)

    Though this is the second wine for Lafite-Rothschild, it is a major wine in its own right, with its dense, powered fruit and a structure obviously built to last. There is sweet, rich fruit and lively vibrant acidity. Imported by Domaines Barons de Rothschild and multiple U.S. importers.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 91.0 (WE) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £3,752.14
    Carruades de Lafite 2010 (12x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £4,259.74
    2010

    Carruades de Lafite 2010 (12x75cl)

    James Suckling (95)

    This smells like a bouquet of flowers with blueberries and currants and spices. Full body, yet agile and refined. So fine and pretty. It's balanced and in harmony. Savory. A smoky, decadent and meat undertone.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 95.0 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £4,259.74
    Lafite Rothschild 2002 (12x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £8,948.14
    2002

    Lafite Rothschild 2002 (12x75cl)

    Wine Spectator (95-100)

    Crushed berries and intensity to this, with grapey, toasted oak and cedar notes. Big and concentrated, with chewy and firm tannins. Very long. Very tight, though, and just beginning to show its true nature. Score range: 95-100
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    3-4 weeks

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 99.5 (WS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £8,948.14
    Lafite Rothschild 2003 (12x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £10,832.14
    2003

    Lafite Rothschild 2003 (12x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (100)

    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.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 100.0 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £10,832.14
    Lafite Rothschild 2008 (12x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £10,126.54
    2008

    Lafite Rothschild 2008 (12x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (98)

    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%). The 2008 should be relatively drinkable in 6-10 years as it is already showing remarkable complexity and breed, and will last for 30-35 years...at the minimum.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    3-4 weeks

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 2 98.0 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £10,126.54
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Carruades de Lafite 1996 (12x75cl)
    In Bond: £3,446.00
    1996

    Carruades de Lafite 1996 (12x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (86-88)

    I have noticed in my tastings that the second wine of Lafite-Rothschild, Carruades de Lafite, has improved over recent years. The 1996, a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Merlot, may turn out to be the finest Carruades I have ever tasted. It possesses as much power, ripeness, and fleshy fruit (because of the high percentage of Merlot) as I have ever detected in this offering. While it does not quite have the characteristics of Lafite, being fleshier and more accessible, it is a beautifully made wine with a subtle dosage of toasty new oak, an appealing texture, and excellent length. Given its power, this second wine will need 2-4 years of cellaring, and keep for 15+ years (I would not be surprised to see it last for two decades).
    from a Swiss cellar Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 87.5 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £3,446.00
    Carruades de Lafite 1999 (12x75cl)
    In Bond: £3,849.00
    1999

    Carruades de Lafite 1999 (12x75cl)

    Stephen Tanzer - Vinous (90)

    Good bright red-ruby. Dark aromas of cassis, blueberry, licorice, violet, mint and bitter chocolate, along with a faint note of candied berries. Tightly wound and quite juicy, with a strong mineral spine giving it a rather linear, lean impression. But classy and not at all hard, with lovely underlying fruit. Finishes firmly tannic and fresh. Not fat, but subtle and stylish.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 90.0 (ST) Read Review/Description In Bond: £3,849.00
    Carruades de Lafite 2005 (12x75cl)
    In Bond: £3,100.00
    2005

    Carruades de Lafite 2005 (12x75cl)

    Wine Enthusiast (91)

    Though this is the second wine for Lafite-Rothschild, it is a major wine in its own right, with its dense, powered fruit and a structure obviously built to last. There is sweet, rich fruit and lively vibrant acidity. Imported by Domaines Barons de Rothschild and multiple U.S. importers.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 91.0 (WE) Read Review/Description In Bond: £3,100.00
    Carruades de Lafite 2010 (12x75cl)
    In Bond: £3,523.00
    2010

    Carruades de Lafite 2010 (12x75cl)

    James Suckling (95)

    This smells like a bouquet of flowers with blueberries and currants and spices. Full body, yet agile and refined. So fine and pretty. It's balanced and in harmony. Savory. A smoky, decadent and meat undertone.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 95.0 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £3,523.00
    Lafite Rothschild 2002 (12x75cl)
    In Bond: £7,430.00
    2002

    Lafite Rothschild 2002 (12x75cl)

    Wine Spectator (95-100)

    Crushed berries and intensity to this, with grapey, toasted oak and cedar notes. Big and concentrated, with chewy and firm tannins. Very long. Very tight, though, and just beginning to show its true nature. Score range: 95-100
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    3-4 weeks

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 99.5 (WS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £7,430.00
    Lafite Rothschild 2003 (12x75cl)
    In Bond: £9,000.00
    2003

    Lafite Rothschild 2003 (12x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (100)

    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.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 100.0 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £9,000.00
    Lafite Rothschild 2008 (12x75cl)
    In Bond: £8,412.00
    2008

    Lafite Rothschild 2008 (12x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (98)

    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%). The 2008 should be relatively drinkable in 6-10 years as it is already showing remarkable complexity and breed, and will last for 30-35 years...at the minimum.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    3-4 weeks

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 2 98.0 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £8,412.00

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