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Château Lafite Rothschild Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac 1986

Winemaker's Notes:

At the dawn of the 1986 harvests, after a half decade of success, the winemakers and wine enthusiasts were skeptical of yet another fine vintage. Yet a fine vintage it was: excellent weather in spring followed by a dry summer with light rains, all led to a very abundant and high-quality yield. The wines are onyx in color, and are very concentrated without being heavy, and have distinguished dominant tannins. This wine has many characteristics in common with the sequence of vintages from 1945 to 1949. It is a fine wine to be aged, because it is very structured and will benefit from a long dormant period.

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 Château Lafite Rothschild Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac

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Snooth User: Clavelin49
331238
5.00 5
10/21/2007

You cant beat a Chateau Lafite, and this vintage is the same year as my birth, so it makes it even more special : )


Snooth User: roneranger
977038
5.00 5
11/15/2008

Truly one of the most delicious wines I have ever tasted. Ambrosia. Nectar of the Gods. Superlatives are not enough. This followed a '61 L'Angelus that I though was perfection...100 out of 100, Then we had the Lafite. Not over-the-top, not cloying or super aromatic. Just about as smooth, balanced, complex, as one could imagine. The finish went on and on and one could feel priveleged just to drink in the bouquet without taking a sip.


Snooth User: Sovereign53
343000
5.00 5
11/09/2007

What a privlidge to share a bottle of this with friends.


Snooth User: William Djubin
1464471727
5.00 5
03/22/2015

Anyways.. as expected. still perfect. Viva my Venue and Guest.


Snooth User: luiswu
927225
5.00 5
10/15/2008

Five glasses


External Reviews for Château Lafite Rothschild Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac

External Review
11/28/2012

Luxurious Drinks offers you: Wine - red - 1986 - Chateau Lafite Rothschild - Frankreich - Region: Bordeaux - Apellation: Bordeaux - Cabernet Sauvignon blend - 750 ml. 100 RP


External Review
10/09/2010

From a knockout vintage in Pauillac. Drinking exceptionally well.


External Review
07/28/2011

The 1986 possesses outstanding richness, a deep color, medium body, a graceful, harmonious texture, and superb length. The penetrating fragrance of cedar, chestnuts, minerals, and rich fruit is a hallmark of this wine. Powerful, dense, rich, and tann... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1986 Lafite-Rothschild 1500ml



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At the dawn of the 1986 harvests, after a half decade of success, the winemakers and wine enthusiasts were skeptical of yet another fine vintage. Yet a fine vintage it was: excellent weather in spring followed by a dry summer with light rains, all led to a very abundant and high-quality yield. The wines are onyx in color, and are very concentrated without being heavy, and have distinguished dominant tannins. This wine has many characteristics in common with the sequence of vintages from 1945 to 1949. It is a fine wine to be aged, because it is very structured and will benefit from a long dormant period.

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