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Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pre-Sale France Bordeaux Haut Medoc Pauillac Red 1997

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On 8 September, Lafite took out the shears to clip the first Merlots: this early season came after ideal weather in the winter and in the spring. On the other hand, the summer turned out rather rainy. Fortunately, like the year before, the harvest was welcomed with sunny skies. This is one of the longest harvests that Lafite has ever conducted. Sorting was performed attentively in order to verify the health of the grapes. The wine has a spicy bouquet, a silky and sweet palate, with a fruity and full finish. The maturity of this delicious vintage will certainly come sooner than its two older siblings, 1995 and 1996.

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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

Member Reviews for Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pre-Sale France Bordeaux Haut Medoc Pauillac Red

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Snooth User: wine loverrrrr
6459485
0.00 5
11/19/2010

we had this with dominos and chicken wings and i must say it was outstandingly barnyardy and enhanced the chickeny livestocky flavors and especially teh woody oakiness of the bbq sauce.. outstanding value..


Snooth User: atonalprime
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4.50 5
10/31/2010

Decanted 4 hours and still needed to breathe more. Beautiful garnet color and great balance. nose of graphite, forest funk and tobacco. suble toasted oak on the palette with concentrated cherry and notes of baking spices. very powerful, long-lasting finish. left a great perfume on the palate with notes of tobacco.


Snooth User: dianas
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4.00 5
05/07/2009

Four glasses


External Reviews for Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pre-Sale France Bordeaux Haut Medoc Pauillac Red

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/21/2009

Wonderfully complex on the nose, with licorice, spice, berry and tobacco character. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a delicious finish... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1997 Lafite-Rothschild 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/12/2009

...gorgeously sweet, expansive perfume of cedar wood, black currants, lead pencil, and minerals. What follows is a fat mid-palate, medium body, explosive fruit and richness, soft tannin, and a velvety texture. It is a beautiful, compelling Lafite-Rot... Robert Parker. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1997 Lafite-Rothschild 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/27/2011

Very good deep red color. Complex aromas of black cherry, currant, chocolate, herbs, licorice and tobacco leaf. Fairly sweet and dense on the palate, with very good concentration and firm acidity for the year. This is aged in 100% new oak, but the wo... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1997 Lafite-Rothschild 750ml



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On 8 September, Lafite took out the shears to clip the first Merlots: this early season came after ideal weather in the winter and in the spring. On the other hand, the summer turned out rather rainy. Fortunately, like the year before, the harvest was welcomed with sunny skies. This is one of the longest harvests that Lafite has ever conducted. Sorting was performed attentively in order to verify the health of the grapes. The wine has a spicy bouquet, a silky and sweet palate, with a fruity and full finish. The maturity of this delicious vintage will certainly come sooner than its two older siblings, 1995 and 1996.

Closure: Cork

Notes: 100% new oak barrels


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