1981 Château Lafite Rothschild Pauillac
191 Ratings
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191 Ratings
1981 Château Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

Wine Description

(From 2003 Vintage) Dense purple-colored, with classic notes of graphite intertwined with melted licorice, creme de cassis, smoke, and flowers, it reveals extraordinary richness, opulence, power, purity, intensity, and viscosity.

Winemaker's Notes

Dark ruby color, ripe black currants, violets and vanilla, spicy, oaky scents. The wine has great finesse and a particular softness imparted by the Merlot. It tends to be firm yet delicate and supple, great elegance develops with age.

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    Spicy, perfectly balanced with tannins, oak, rich fruit and a touch of alcohol heat. Beautiful!

    about 4 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Decanter
    (From 1985 Vintage) Rating: 0/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Very deep red, some maturity; dense nose, prunes; surprisingly soft, concentrated, rather closed and tannic, lacks a little charm but still youthful, almost austere, typically Pauillac, chunky, still needs time; very good length.
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 1983 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 88 on Aug-93
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 1970 Vintage) Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 105 on Jun-96
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 1979 Vintage) Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 88 on Aug-93
  • Decanter
    (From 1999 Vintage) Rating: 4/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. All the elegance and cut of a fine suit: close-textured, unctuous, supple and refined, with sandalwood and black pepper infusing the blackcurrant.