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Château Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Pre-Arrival 2010

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"...This exceptionally rich, thick Lafite, a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Merlot, all harvested between October 9 and 14, the 2010 exhibits an extraordinarily dense color, an unctuous texture and sweet black currant fruit intermixed with graphite, charcoal and truffle notes. [The harvest of] the tiny berries [led to the] freshness and *extraordinary precision* of Lafite Rothschild. This *superb effort* will undoubtedly shut down slightly once it is bottled despite a pH of 3.8. [...] Ideally, it should be cellared for 10-15 years and drunk over the following 50+ years."*Robert Parker Wine Advocate (98-100 points)**We will notify you on arrival Summer 2013*

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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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"...This exceptionally rich, thick Lafite, a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Merlot, all harvested between October 9 and 14, the 2010 exhibits an extraordinarily dense color, an unctuous texture and sweet black currant fruit intermixed with graphite, charcoal and truffle notes. [The harvest of] the tiny berries [led to the] freshness and *extraordinary precision* of Lafite Rothschild. This *superb effort* will undoubtedly shut down slightly once it is bottled despite a pH of 3.8. [...] Ideally, it should be cellared for 10-15 years and drunk over the following 50+ years."*Robert Parker Wine Advocate (98-100 points)**We will notify you on arrival Summer 2013*

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