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237 Ratings
Château Lafite Rothschild Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classé

Wine Description

(2009 Vintage) "Lafite has a soul, a beautiful soul, tender and generous. Lafite changes the earth dream. Lafite is harmony, harmony between nature and man, because without our wonderful wineries, nothing would be done. " Baron Eric de Rothschild

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    David can't uncork.

    about 9 years
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    Bill Kelly

    almost 6 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Spectator
    (1998 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/31/01
  • Wine Advocate
    (1998 Vintage) Rating: (91-94) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 122 on Apr-99
  • International Wine Cellar
    (1998 Vintage) Rating: 94(+?) - As reviewed by Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar on May-01
  • Robert Parker
    (2002 Vintage) "A brilliant offering and a candidate for wine of the vintage, this is classic Lafite that reminded me somewhat of the 1976, although the vintage conditions were completely different. This is a medium-weight, quintessentially elegant style of Lafite with notes of lead pencil shavings/graphite along with black currants, plums, and crushed rocks/mineral. Wonderfully pure, dense, with a deep ruby/purple color and loads of fruit, definition, and a long finish, this is a brilliant, elegant Lafite Roth...
  • International Wine Cellar
    (1996 Vintage) ($335-$346) Full, deep ruby, by far the darkest of these vintages. Knockout nose of great precision: cassis, black cherry, lead pencil, licorice, dried herbs and mint. Densely packed and extremely unevolved; a powerfully structured wine with uncanny precision and penetration. Finishes with powerful, firm tannins and exceptional mounting persistence. An infant, but a great Northern Medoc '96 in the making.