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The Story

The Château Lafite estate run by the Rothschilds is, with its 100 hectares of cultivated land, the largest of the main Pauillac vineyards.

It is located in the highest part of the area and the view from its château, with its conical towers that appear on the label, takes in the banks of the River Gironde, which flows nearby. The wines are a blend of four different varieties of grape – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Lafite matures slightly earlier than other Premier Cru wines in the region on account of the generous amounts of Merlot used, and it is this that also makes the wine more delicate and subtle than those wines which are completely dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon.

“Lafite has a soul, a beautiful, generous, kindly soul. Lafite turns bare earth into heaven. Lafite is harmony, a harmony between man and nature, because without our magnificent winegrowers, nothing would be accomplished.”
Baron Eric de Rothschild 


Of the five Premier Cru wines in the region, Château Lafite to my mind has managed to produce the year’s best wine in many of the top years in 1900th centrury. The times I have spent in the company of a 1934, 1953, 1959, 1982 and 1986 have been unforgettable. And it was then that I always remembered how many wine critics fondly describe Lafite as ‘the perfection of elegance’.

Vineyard soil: fine gravel mixed with aeolien sands on a bedrock of tertiary limestone
Production area: 103 ha
Grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon (71%), Merlot (25%), Cabernet Franc (3%) and Petit Verdot (1%)
Average age of vines: 30 years
Harvest method: hand picked
Winemaking: the vinification is nowadays done with all the sophisticated instruments which modern oenology has created. Fermentation takes place in large oak vats in which the musts remain for 18 to 25 days.
Ageing: the wines are aged entirely in new barrels for 18 to 24 months. During this time,the wine is racked 7 times and is fined with the whites of 6 eggs per barrel. Only certain vats are selected to make the Grand Vin, Lafite. The others are used to make the second wine of Lafite, the “Carruades de Lafite”.

 

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Medium

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Medium and Round

recommend

Yes

taste

Well-Integrated

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Fair to expect great things of this – and served on the same day as the 70 La Tache, which conventional wisdom would suggest it would leave in its wake. Certainly an interesting and quite pleasant wine but hardly a superstar. Fully mature and indeed, on a gentle fade. A gentle decline might be a better description, but still plenty of time before it is gone. But certainly best drunk sooner rather than later. A mature, fading, mid-weight Bordeaux that still has much of interest. Drink up. 89
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Very top shoulder fill, ruby, broad brick rim. Fantastic nose, towards rich, figs, prunes, tobacco, leather, very layered and nuanced. Stunning elegance on the palate, elegant acidity, not too high, tannins now gone (unlike the 70 Latour), superb, quite rich palate as well, cedar, perfumed, again tobacco. Long. Must be an absolute optimal bottle.
  • 96p

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Pauillac, Bordeaux

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 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Lafite-Rothschild 1970  ( Château Lafite-Rothschild )

"Fair to expect great things of this – and served on the same day as the 70 La Tache, which conventional wisdom would suggest it would leave in its wake.
Certainly an interesting and quite pleasant wine but hardly a superstar. Fully mature and indeed, on a gentle fade. A gentle decline might be a better description, but still plenty of time before it is gone. But certainly best drunk sooner rather than later.
A mature, fading, mid-weight Bordeaux that still has much of interest. Drink up.
89
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89p
 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Lafite-Rothschild 1970  ( Château Lafite-Rothschild )

"Fair to expect great things of this – and served on the same day as the 70 La Tache, which conventional wisdom would suggest it would leave in its wake.
Certainly an interesting and quite pleasant wine but hardly a superstar. Fully mature and indeed, on a gentle fade. A gentle decline might be a better description, but still plenty of time before it is gone. But certainly best drunk sooner rather than later.
A mature, fading, mid-weight Bordeaux that still has much of interest. Drink up.
89
"

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Lafite-Rothschild 1970  ( Château Lafite-Rothschild )

"Very top shoulder fill, ruby, broad brick rim. Fantastic nose, towards rich, figs, prunes, tobacco, leather, very layered and nuanced. Stunning elegance on the palate, elegant acidity, not too high, tannins now gone (unlike the 70 Latour), superb, quite rich palate as well, cedar, perfumed, again tobacco. Long. Must be an absolute optimal bottle. "

4y 5m ago

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