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    6 638
  • Producer ranking ?

    80
  • Decanting time

    45 min
  • When to drink

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  • Food Pairing

    Beef

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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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Tasting note

color

Deep, Brick red and Bright

ending

Medium, Round and Pure

flavors

Cedar, Cigar-box and Cassis

nose

Wide, Refined, Charming and Pure

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, Medium tannin, Balanced, Well-Integrated, Good texture, Mature, Medium-bodied, Elegant, Ripe, Full, Dry and Silky tannins

Verdict

Transparent and Sophisticated

Written Notes

The 1934 Lafite Rothschild was stewed and full of paint aromas (DQ). The 1945 Haut Brion was figgy and gamy, perhaps a touch advanced and certainly not the best bottle of this legendary wine, but still impressive (94A).
  • 94p

The 1934 Lafite-Rothschild, which I have tasted on two or three occasions, must surely be the best vintage of that challenging decade. From the very first bottle that I ever tasted, the 1934 displays all the harmony and elegance you would expect considering its age. Better bottles have been later: generous and (for Lafite-Rothschild) exotic on the nose with orange de sanguine and stewed apricot. The palate is medium-bodied and in common with the 1924, almost like a Pinot Noir in terms of texture and tannin profile. The 1934 is imbued with an almost citric freshness on the finish. In decline, but clinging on!

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Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

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