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Château Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac Premier Grand Cru Classé France Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc 2003

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Parker review: 'A modern day version of the 1959 Lafite...it represents a ripe version of the<br/>essence of Lafite-Rothschild. Dense purple-colored, with classic notes of<br/>graphite intertwined with melted licorice, creme de cassis, smoke, and flowers,<br/>it reveals extraordinary richness, opulence, power, purity, intensity, and<br/>viscosity. Whether this wine will close down or not is questionable as it is<br/>somewhat atypical given its sweetness and softness. Analytically, there are<br/>extremely high tannins, which I suspect will assert themselves in the future.<br/>Production in 2003 was less than half of normal. Anticipated maturity:<br/>2010-2050.' <br/>(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Apr-2006)

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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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External Reviews for Château Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac Premier Grand Cru Classé France Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

Subtle, complex aromas of berries, licorice and currants. Full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long finish. Very well-integrated wine. Lovely stuff. Wonderful length and finesse. Best after 2012. 20,000 cases made. (JS) Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2003 Lafite-Rothschild 1500ml


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Source: Epic Cellars
02/14/2011

A modern day version of the 1959 Lafite, the 2003 Lafite Rothschild was bottled in mid-May, 2005 after achieving 12.9% natural alcohol hardly an astonishing figure given the vintage s weather conditions. A combination of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot, it represents a ripe version of the essence of Lafite-Rothschild. Dense purple-colored, with classic notes of graphite intertwined with melted licorice, creme de cassis, smoke, and flowers, it reveals extraordinary richness, opulence, power, purity, intensity, and viscosity. Whether this wine will close down or not is questionable as it is somewhat atypical given its sweetness and softness. Analytically, there are extremely high tannins, which I suspect will assert themselves in the future. Production in 2003 was less than half of normal. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2050.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/24/2009

Aromas of sweet tobacco, berry and chocolate follow through to a full-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a medium finish. Slightly hollow midpalate but very nicely done. Second wine of Lafite. Best after 2007. 20,000 cases made. (JS) Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2003 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Carruades de Lafite 750ml



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Parker review: 'A modern day version of the 1959 Lafite...it represents a ripe version of the<br/>essence of Lafite-Rothschild. Dense purple-colored, with classic notes of<br/>graphite intertwined with melted licorice, creme de cassis, smoke, and flowers,<br/>it reveals extraordinary richness, opulence, power, purity, intensity, and<br/>viscosity. Whether this wine will close down or not is questionable as it is<br/>somewhat atypical given its sweetness and softness. Analytically, there are<br/>extremely high tannins, which I suspect will assert themselves in the future.<br/>Production in 2003 was less than half of normal. Anticipated maturity:<br/>2010-2050.' <br/>(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Apr-2006)

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