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  • Producer ranking ?

    22
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Beef

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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Vintage 2002

Vintage 2002/ The early bud burst due to a hot and dry winter was followed by a rather cold and rainy period during flowering which led to incidents such as coulure (flower abortion) and millerandage (poor fertilization with mixed size berries). As from the beginning of June, the yield was expected to be low. The rather cool months of July and August were unexceptional as was the weather since the beginning of the year. However, this did not halt the ripening and veraison of the grapes.

The weather was excellent when the harvest neared; September was superb, sunny and dry with a north-east wind which accelerated the ripening process. A radiant sun shone throughout the harvests, which allowed the grapes to reach full maturity calmly.

It is a very dense, robust vintage with tight tannins and texture, good balance and great length

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Medium, Purple and Bright

ending

Long, Pure and Vibrant

flavors

Cigar-box, Mineral, Cassis, Chocolate and Spice

nose

Intense, Complex, Seductive and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Medium tannin, Perfectly balanced, Well-structured, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Firm, Elegant, Silky and Silky tannins

Verdict

Good everyday wine and Sophisticated

Written Notes

Lafite Rothschild 2002 (barrel sample) 96-98p Tasted in April 2003. What a big range of nuances and what a fantastic aroma of leather, dark cherries and blueberries. Extremely sophisticated and with sensational depth. This wine is knock-out!
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Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Lafite-Rothschild 2002  ( Château Lafite-Rothschild )

"Lafite Rothschild 2002 (barrel sample) 96-98p
Tasted in April 2003. What a big range of nuances and what a fantastic aroma of leather, dark cherries and blueberries. Extremely sophisticated and with sensational depth. This wine is knock-out!"

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Lafite-Rothschild 2002  ( Château Lafite-Rothschild )

"Lafite Rothschild 2002 (barrel sample) 96-98p
Tasted in April 2003. What a big range of nuances and what a fantastic aroma of leather, dark cherries and blueberries. Extremely sophisticated and with sensational depth. This wine is knock-out!"

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