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Château Lafite Rothschild Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac 1999

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Grape varietals : Cabernet Sauvignon 80 to 95%, Merlot 5 to 20%, Cabernet franc and Petit Verdot 0 to 3%. Note that there are a few differing cases such as vintage 1994 : 99% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot, vintage 1961 : 100% of Cabernet Sauvignon Length of ageing in oak barrels : 18 to 20 months, including 100% new barrels Average annual production : 15,000 to 25,000 cases per year VINTAGE 1999 Winter was peaceful, as during nearly the entire decade, followed by a mild spring and early flowering. From July until mid-August, humid days with partly sunny skies made us concerned about must and botrytis, which can come on quickly and ravage vineyards. Fortunately, the weather was scorching hot from 15 August until the end of the harvest. These harvests were conducted with record speed in rainy weather. The bet was a risk: harvest just after maturity. This vintage comprises four of the vineyard’s grapes, which is rare, but 96% homogenous (Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot are rarely used jointly in the fine wine). This vintage has a woody and spicy bouquet, with a structured palate. It is balanced and elegant, with a long finish on echoes of berries and currants.

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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Snooth User: kevchan
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04/21/2007

Fantastic wine


External Reviews for Château Lafite Rothschild Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac

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
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


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



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Grape varietals : Cabernet Sauvignon 80 to 95%, Merlot 5 to 20%, Cabernet franc and Petit Verdot 0 to 3%. Note that there are a few differing cases such as vintage 1994 : 99% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot, vintage 1961 : 100% of Cabernet Sauvignon Length of ageing in oak barrels : 18 to 20 months, including 100% new barrels Average annual production : 15,000 to 25,000 cases per year VINTAGE 1999 Winter was peaceful, as during nearly the entire decade, followed by a mild spring and early flowering. From July until mid-August, humid days with partly sunny skies made us concerned about must and botrytis, which can come on quickly and ravage vineyards. Fortunately, the weather was scorching hot from 15 August until the end of the harvest. These harvests were conducted with record speed in rainy weather. The bet was a risk: harvest just after maturity. This vintage comprises four of the vineyard’s grapes, which is rare, but 96% homogenous (Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot are rarely used jointly in the fine wine). This vintage has a woody and spicy bouquet, with a structured palate. It is balanced and elegant, with a long finish on echoes of berries and currants.

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