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Château Lafite Rothschild Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac 2004

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Berry Bros & Rudd review: Only 39% of production was used for the Grand Vin and with a whopping 90.5% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend (the balance being 9% Merlot and 0.5% Petit Verdot) the 2004 Lafite needed little introduction. This wine has one of the most exciting noses - intense, spicy, pure cassis and a generous helping of creamy vanilla. The palate is just as exciting, exhibiting terrific concentration and a hint of warm new oak which leads to an intense, linear core of lively blackcurrants and layers of intriguing minerality. The Cabernet was very evident on the finish with the varietys characteristically firm tannins taking over at the end, making this one for the long term.

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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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Snooth User: dynowine
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4.00 5
04/17/2010

Thanks to Mike S. for sharing about 3 and a half oz of this vintage with me. Well decanted bottle that continued to evolve over the hours. Classic bordeaux. Nose of dark fruit, earth or compost, leather, mineral. Fruit was dry, ripe, chewy, and deep ... multiple layers of fruit that entered and dominated on the attack through the mid-palate and right on through the finish. Fruit was quite ripe (not spoilt) dark plum, cherry, blackberry and/or black currant, and some deep apple taste. Tannins were big but not harsh or fuzzy. Finish of the deep dry fruit and almost a metallic hum, perhaps iron. A very tame and sophisticated wine. Medium plus body, medium acid, medium plus tannins, dry. Delicious.


Snooth User: MANTO71
3969452
5.00 5
12/25/2009

What a wine! Marvelous aromas and great at taste: 96/100 for me.


Snooth User: Methuselah133
683600
0.50 5
04/17/2008

tastes like donkey


Snooth User: gunnarmcclellan
3903268
5.00 5
12/17/2007

Five glasses


External Reviews for Château Lafite Rothschild Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac

External Review
10/26/2011

This beautiful, stunningly dense purple-colored effort (includes about 90% Cabernet Sauvignon) offers up precise notes of graphite, black cherries, cassis, scorched earth, and minerals. Medium to full-bodied with fabulous fruit, impressive richness, refreshing acidity, and sweet tannin, this beauty should be approachable in 4-5 years, and last for three decades. As Lafite Rothschilds go, this is somewhat of a sleeper vintage


External Review
12/14/2010

This beautiful, stunningly dense purple-colored effort (includes about 90% Cabernet Sauvignon) offers up precise notes of graphite, black cherries, cassis, scorched earth, and minerals. Medium to full... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2004 Lafite-Rothschild 1500ml


External Review
03/28/2009

Only 40% of the crop made it into the 2004 grand vin, which is the antithesis of the opulent, powerful, concentrated 2003. The linear, elegant 2004 is a classic Lafite, revealing cassis, raspberry, gr... Robert Parker. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2004 Lafite-Rothschild 375ml



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Berry Bros & Rudd review: Only 39% of production was used for the Grand Vin and with a whopping 90.5% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend (the balance being 9% Merlot and 0.5% Petit Verdot) the 2004 Lafite needed little introduction. This wine has one of the most exciting noses - intense, spicy, pure cassis and a generous helping of creamy vanilla. The palate is just as exciting, exhibiting terrific concentration and a hint of warm new oak which leads to an intense, linear core of lively blackcurrants and layers of intriguing minerality. The Cabernet was very evident on the finish with the varietys characteristically firm tannins taking over at the end, making this one for the long term.

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