Château Lafite Rothschild Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac 2005

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The immense class is clear to see. The silky, incredibly concentrated and<br/>elegant brambly fruit is wonderfully fragrant with lovely minerality and hints<br/>of cedar. The super-ripe tannins are accompanied by layers and layers of fruit<br/>alongside a freshness and firm acidity. This is like a sleeping giant with many<br/>of its glorious elements hiding from view, like hidden treasure. Even so it is<br/>utterly compelling, with each taste a PhD of Claret. Drink 2020-2050. BBR<br/>Score: 20/20. Wine Spectator: 95-100/100.

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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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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

The forward 1989 offers the tell-tale fragrance of lead pencils, cedar, and curranty fruit, and, for Lafite, unusually high glycerin and alcohol. The wine is easy to taste and appreciate, as it is rich, medium-bodied, expansive, and more supple and obvious than usual. Speculating when it might be in full blossom is no easy chore given its sexy, sensual yet light style. It is somewhere between the 1953 and 1976 in stylistic terms. Anticipated maturity: 1997-2020.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

The 1990 appears to be a synthesis in style of the backward, tannic 1988 and more forward, softer 1989. The nose is not yet as seductive as the 1989's, but the wine exhibits a deeper, thicker, ruby/purple color, and cuts a fuller, more complete profile on the palate. It not only rivals the seductiveness of the 1989, but it is also a far richer and more tannic wine. Although it needs at least a decade of cellaring, it should last for 30 or more years. An impressive wine, the 1990 Lafite is this estate's finest wine since the 1982 and 1986. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2025. Last tasted, 6/93.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Rich and balanced. Dark ruby-red color. Very ripe and earthy, its aromas verging on raisin with hints of cedar and tobacco which follow through on the palate. Full-bodied and silky, adding a long, flavorful aftertaste. Give it time. Best after 2004.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

The 1995 Lafite-Rothschild (only one-third of the harvest made it into the final blend) is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and 8% Cabernet Franc. The wine was showing spectacularly well when I tasted it in November, 1997. It exhibits a dark ruby purple color, and a sweet, powdered mineral, smoky, weedy cassis-scented nose. Beautiful sweetness of fruit is present in this medium-bodied, tightly-knit, but gloriously pure, well-delineated Lafite. The 1995 is not as powerful or as massive as the 1996, but it is beautifully made with outstanding credentials, in addition to remarkable promise. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2028.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

The 2001 Lafite Rothschild's deep, saturated plum/purple color is accompanied by lead pencil liqueur-like notes intermixed with sweet red and black currants, plums, and cedar. This blend of 86.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13.5% Merlot is a classic example of Lafite. Extremely elegant, medium-bodied, with intense concentration, richness, and sweet tannin, it appears to be on a rapid evolutionary track, at least in comparison to recent Lafite vintages that have been far more backward and powerful. The classy 2001 should be at its finest between 2007-2020.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

(Barrel tasting) Crushed berries and intensity to this, with grapey, toasted oak and cedar notes. Big and concentrated, with chewy and firm tannins. Very long. Very tight, though, and just beginning to show its true nature.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Stick your nose in this and it says something? "I am special." Deep and generous aromas of blackberries, fresh tobacco and minerals. It's full-bodied, with big velvety tannins and a superlong finish. Like a fine cashmere sweater. Best after 2010.


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The immense class is clear to see. The silky, incredibly concentrated and<br/>elegant brambly fruit is wonderfully fragrant with lovely minerality and hints<br/>of cedar. The super-ripe tannins are accompanied by layers and layers of fruit<br/>alongside a freshness and firm acidity. This is like a sleeping giant with many<br/>of its glorious elements hiding from view, like hidden treasure. Even so it is<br/>utterly compelling, with each taste a PhD of Claret. Drink 2020-2050. BBR<br/>Score: 20/20. Wine Spectator: 95-100/100.

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