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Lafite Rothschild Bordeaux 2006

External Review by JJ Buckley Fine Wines:

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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

External Reviews for Lafite Rothschild Bordeaux

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

Lafite


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

Racy and long with beautiful blackberry and light coffee character and a licorice undertone. Full and racy with a long long finish. Structured and powerful yet builds on the palate. Close to 95-100. -J.S. Wine Spectator.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

In tasting this wine over the course of several days it transforms from the overt richness of puppy fat and new oak to a more supple enigma. The pure clean fruit flavors of blueberry jam turn earthier while the oak becomes more of a veil. This Lafite will require 20 years or more to begin to show its character and it should reward those with the patience to wait. Wine & Spirits.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/21/2014

Lafiteâ_Ts Merlot harvest occurred between September 15-22 and the Cabernet Sauvignon from September 27 until the end of the first week of October. Only 42% of the production made it into the grand vin (a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon 16% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot). The 2006 is a tannic restrained effort that brings to mind the 1988. A deep ruby/purple color is followed by sweet aromas of graphite creme de cassis spice and subtle wood. Medium-bodied and richly fruity with decent acidity and a long finish it will require 8-10 years of cellaring and should keep for 4-5 decades. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.




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