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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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    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Carruades de Lafite 2008 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £2,436.47
    2008

    Carruades de Lafite 2008 (6x75cl)

    Wine Enthusiast (92)

    Firm tannins and great freshness, with a touch of bitter chocolate as well as spice and tight tannins. This second wine of Lafite is attractively fruity, easily lifting the weight of tannins.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 92.0 (WE) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,436.47
    Lafite Rothschild 2008 (12x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £9,995.74
    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:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 4 98.0 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £9,995.74
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Carruades de Lafite 2008 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £2,017.00
    2008

    Carruades de Lafite 2008 (6x75cl)

    Wine Enthusiast (92)

    Firm tannins and great freshness, with a touch of bitter chocolate as well as spice and tight tannins. This second wine of Lafite is attractively fruity, easily lifting the weight of tannins.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 92.0 (WE) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,017.00
    Lafite Rothschild 2008 (12x75cl)
    In Bond: £8,303.00
    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:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 4 98.0 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £8,303.00

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