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Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Carruades de Lafite Bordeaux Blend Wine 1986

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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

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Snooth User: RichoMX
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2.50 5
01/09/2011

December 2010. Cancún, México at 22ºC room temp. Conditioned bottle opened at 12ºC, drank at 16-18ºC After 5 years of owning this bottle I finally decided to open it with a friend of mine. This wine can be described in two words: simple & disappointing. The colour was a lovely ruby red (typical Bordeaux). 1st nose of dark red fruits, a little woody and smokey. 2nd nose just simple, a little fruity (strawberry came to mind) and slightly of black pepper. The taste was the most disappointing of all: simple with soft tannins due to age, medium to long finish, a little metallic with quite a light body. In my opinion the wine is not intense (or indeed interesting) enough. Even for a Bordeaux and specially for its age. There is a notable lack of body and texture. I reckon this wine was either not a great vintage to start with (so as to have improved with age) or is past its best. I would drink this wine as I would a young Pinot Noir, with of course, the same food pairing as for a Pinot. To quote Michael Broadbent's on the Dom de Chevalier 1987: 2 stars, Drinkable. (No mention of the 1986) For Broadbent, "on the whole, 1986 produced hard, tannic wines which at best, given time, might - just might- turn out well. But I would not bank on it, except for Mouton [-Rothschild] and just one or two others".



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