1999 Château Lafite Rothschild Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classé
204 Ratings
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204 Ratings
1999 Château Lafite Rothschild Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classé

Wine Description

This prodigious wine is both elegant and intensely flavored, and almost diaphanous in its layers that unfold with no heaviness. An opaque ruby/purple color is accompanied by a complex bouquet of lead pencil, graphite, cedar, creme de cassis, toast, and vanilla. It is medium-bodied, with extravagant layers of richness yet little weight, and a finish that is all sweetness, ripeness, and harmony.

This prodigious wine is both elegant and intensely flavored, and almost diaphanous in its layers that unfold with no heaviness. An opaque ruby/purple color is accompanied by a complex bouquet of lead pencil, graphite, cedar, creme de cassis, toast, and vanilla. It is medium-bodied, with extravagant layers of richness yet little weight, and a finish that is all sweetness, ripeness, and harmony.

Winemaker's Notes

Grape varietals : Cabernet Sauvignon 80 to 95%, Merlot 5 to 20%, Cabernet franc and Petit Verdot 0 to 3%. Note that there are a few differing cases such as vintage 1994 : 99% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot, vintage 1961 : 100% of Cabernet Sauvignon Length of ageing in oak barrels : 18 to 20 months, including 100% new barrels Average annual production : 15,000 to 25,000 cases per year VINTAGE 1999 Winter was peaceful, as during nearly the entire decade, followed by a mild spring and early read more...Grape varietals : Cabernet Sauvignon 80 to 95%, Merlot 5 to 20%, Cabernet franc and Petit Verdot 0 to 3%. Note that there are a few differing cases such as vintage 1994 : 99% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot, vintage 1961 : 100% of Cabernet Sauvignon Length of ageing in oak barrels : 18 to 20 months, including 100% new barrels Average annual production : 15,000 to 25,000 cases per year VINTAGE 1999 Winter was peaceful, as during nearly the entire decade, followed by a mild spring and early flowering. From July until mid-August, humid days with partly sunny skies made us concerned about must and botrytis, which can come on quickly and ravage vineyards. Fortunately, the weather was scorching hot from 15 August until the end of the harvest. These harvests were conducted with record speed in rainy weather. The bet was a risk: harvest just after maturity. This vintage comprises four of the vineyard’s grapes, which is rare, but 96% homogenous (Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot are rarely used jointly in the fine wine). This vintage has a woody and spicy bouquet, with a structured palate. It is balanced and elegant, with a long finish on echoes of berries and currants. (hide)

Grape varietals : Cabernet Sauvignon 80 to 95%, Merlot 5 to 20%, Cabernet franc and Petit Verdot 0 to 3%. Note that there are a few differing cases such as vintage 1994 : 99% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot, vintage 1961 : 100% of Cabernet Sauvignon Length of ageing in oak barrels : 18 to 20 months, including 100% new barrels Average annual production : 15,000 to 25,000 cases per year VINTAGE 1999 Winter was peaceful, as during nearly the entire decade, followed by a mild spring and early read more...Grape varietals : Cabernet Sauvignon 80 to 95%, Merlot 5 to 20%, Cabernet franc and Petit Verdot 0 to 3%. Note that there are a few differing cases such as vintage 1994 : 99% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot, vintage 1961 : 100% of Cabernet Sauvignon Length of ageing in oak barrels : 18 to 20 months, including 100% new barrels Average annual production : 15,000 to 25,000 cases per year VINTAGE 1999 Winter was peaceful, as during nearly the entire decade, followed by a mild spring and early flowering. From July until mid-August, humid days with partly sunny skies made us concerned about must and botrytis, which can come on quickly and ravage vineyards. Fortunately, the weather was scorching hot from 15 August until the end of the harvest. These harvests were conducted with record speed in rainy weather. The bet was a risk: harvest just after maturity. This vintage comprises four of the vineyard’s grapes, which is rare, but 96% homogenous (Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot are rarely used jointly in the fine wine). This vintage has a woody and spicy bouquet, with a structured palate. It is balanced and elegant, with a long finish on echoes of berries and currants. (hide)

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This prodigious wine is both elegant and intensely flavored, and almost diaphanous in its layers that unfold with no heaviness. An opaque ruby/purple color is accompanied by a complex bouquet of lead pencil, graphite, cedar, creme de cassis, toast, and vanilla. It is medium-bodied, with extravagant layers of richness yet little weight, and a finish that is all sweetness, ripeness, and harmony.

This prodigious wine is both elegant and intensely flavored, and almost diaphanous in its layers that unfold with no heaviness. An opaque ruby/purple color is accompanied by a complex bouquet of lead pencil, graphite, cedar, creme de cassis, toast, and vanilla. It is medium-bodied, with extravagant layers of richness yet little weight, and a finish that is all sweetness, ripeness, and harmony.

Expert Reviews
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  • Decanter
    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.
  • Decanter
    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.