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Château Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru 1999

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Parker review: '...It is a quintessential offering from Lafite Rothschild. This prodigious<br/>wine is both elegant and intensely flavored, and almost diaphanous in its<br/>layers that unfold with no heaviness. An opaque ruby/purple color is<br/>accompanied by a complex bouquet of lead pencil, graphite, cedar, creme de<br/>cassis, toast, and vanilla. It is medium-bodied, with extravagant layers of<br/>richness yet little weight, and a finish that is all sweetness, ripeness, and<br/>harmony.... A mere one-third of the crop made it into the grand vin!<br/>Anticipated maturity: 2007-2030.'<br/><br/>(Robert Parker - 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
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Member Reviews for Château Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru

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04/21/2007

Fantastic wine


External Reviews for Château Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru

External Review
11/20/2013

... Ripe deep aromas of currant flowers coconut and mint. Firm and tight with excellent cut and precision; brisk flavors of bitter cherry berry skin and minerals. A slightly dry-edged midweight that s best today on the long slow-building finish. Shows an intriguing late note of faded rose... Stephen Tanzers IWC.


External Review
12/05/2010

Complex aromas of blackberries, tobacco, spices and black licorice are alluring in this full-bodied claret, with a solid core of fruit and silky tannins. Long, caressing finish. Superfine, well-structured... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1999 Lafite-Rothschild 375ml


External Review
03/19/2013

... Ripe, deep aromas of currant, flowers, coconut and mint. Firm and tight, with excellent cut and precision; brisk flavors of bitter cherry, berry skin and minerals. A slightly dry-edged midweight thats best today on the long, slow-building finish... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1999 Lafite-Rothschild 750ml


External Review
06/07/2011

Delivers wonderful dark chocolate, with raspberry and currant undertones. Full-bodied, featuring soft, silky tannins and a long finish. Very tight still. Needs time. Very layered and holding back.-'89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2009). Best aft... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1999 Lafite-Rothschild 375ml



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Parker review: '...It is a quintessential offering from Lafite Rothschild. This prodigious<br/>wine is both elegant and intensely flavored, and almost diaphanous in its<br/>layers that unfold with no heaviness. An opaque ruby/purple color is<br/>accompanied by a complex bouquet of lead pencil, graphite, cedar, creme de<br/>cassis, toast, and vanilla. It is medium-bodied, with extravagant layers of<br/>richness yet little weight, and a finish that is all sweetness, ripeness, and<br/>harmony.... A mere one-third of the crop made it into the grand vin!<br/>Anticipated maturity: 2007-2030.'<br/><br/>(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate)

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