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Barons de Rothschild Lafite Red Bordeaux Blend Médoc Réserve Spéciale 2000

External Review by JJ Buckley Fine Wines:

Since I gave this wine a perfect score I suppose some could see this as a downgrade. I found everything still there for a perfect rating but I was just struck by how tight and backward the wine was. A blend of 93.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot the wine still has a dark ruby/purple color and an extraordinarily youthful nose of graphite black currants sweet unsmoked cigar tobacco and flowers. The wine is rich medium to full-bodied but has that ethereal elegance and purity that is always Lafite. I originally predicted that it would first reach maturity in 2011 but I would push that back by 5-7 years now although it has 50-60 years of life in front of it. Owners of this beauty are probably best advised to forget it for 5 years. Tasted next to a 1996 several days after the 2000 tasting the 1996 which is a perfect wine was far closer to full maturity than the 2000. 98+ Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.

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Château Lafite Rothschild:
  Chateau Lafite Rothschild grew from a 180 acre winery to a massive company spanning multiple countries and producing 35,000 cases of wine annually. When Baron James de Rothschild purchased Chateau Lafite on August 8th, 1868, he was purchasing land that was already full of history. According to the 1855 classification, Chateau Lafite was ranked among the first among the First Growths,... Read more
  Chateau Lafite Rothschild grew from a 180 acre winery to a massive company spanning multiple countries and producing 35,000 cases of wine annually. When Baron James de Rothschild purchased Chateau Lafite on August 8th, 1868, he was purchasing land that was already full of history. According to the 1855 classification, Chateau Lafite was ranked among the first among the First Growths, meaning that it made the best, most expensive wine at the time. Though James de Rothschild didn’t live long enough to see his winery prosper, since he died just three months after founding the chateau, his offspring have preserved the chateau’s high standing for generations. The winery’s first major purchase took place in 1962, when they bought the dying Chateau Duhart-Milton. By that time, the once-thriving vineyard had only 42 acres to its name, but Chateau Lafite Rothschild breathed new life into the property, upgrading the equipment and replanting much of the vines. 1984 marked the start of a long chain of purchases, with Chateau Rieussec in 1984, Vina Los Vascos, in Chile, in 1988, and Chateau l’Evangile in 1990. By 1999, they began restoring the Aussieres Estate, a massive 1,500 acre plot, and in 2008 they announced plans to create a winery in Penglai, China. After all this, Baron Eric de Rothschild, the current owner of the estate, continues to look forward toward the future, with new markets, like China, just over the horizon. Read less

External Reviews for Barons de Rothschild Lafite Red Bordeaux Blend Médoc Réserve Spéciale

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/20/2013

Since I gave this wine a perfect score I suppose some could see this as a downgrade. I found everything still there for a perfect rating but I was just struck by how tight and backward the wine was. A blend of 93.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot the wine still has a dark ruby/purple color and an extraordinarily youthful nose of graphite black currants sweet unsmoked cigar tobacco and flowers. The wine is rich medium to full-bodied but has that ethereal elegance and purity that is always Lafite. I originally predicted that it would first reach maturity in 2011 but I would push that back by 5-7 years now although it has 50-60 years of life in front of it. Owners of this beauty are probably best advised to forget it for 5 years. Tasted next to a 1996 several days after the 2000 tasting the 1996 which is a perfect wine was far closer to full maturity than the 2000. 98+ Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.




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