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Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux Blend Wine 2008

External Review by JJ Buckley Fine Wines:

Blackish crimson. Well-mannered nose with lots of subtlety and a hint of well-polished leather. Very juicy with lots of palate impact but still very unresolved with more than a hint of acidity. Rather exotic and spicy with glamorously managed tannins. Marked freshness. Very 2008! Finishes very cool - nothing at all sweet and rich about this. 18/20 Jancis Robinson.

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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 Blend Wine

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

Blackish crimson. Well-mannered nose with lots of subtlety and a hint of well-polished leather. Very juicy with lots of palate impact but still very unresolved with more than a hint of acidity. Rather exotic and spicy with glamorously managed tannins. Marked freshness. Very 2008! Finishes very cool - nothing at all sweet and rich about this. 18/20 Jancis Robinson.


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

Supple and harmonious already with inviting almost plush blackberry plum and fig fruit notes carried by fine-grained lightly cedary structure. Black tea and sandalwood flash on the finish. Poised now but has the stuffing for more time in bottle. Drink now through 2020. -JM Wine Spectator.


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

Full ruby-red with a purple tinge. Crushed cassis blackberry violet cedar and graphite on the very fresh complex nose. Juicy spicy and penetrating with lovely harmonious acids providing great clarity and cut to the black fruit and graphite flavors. Still youthfully closed and very mineral. Finishes pure and extremely long with very fine tannins. This may yet turn out to be the wine of the vintage but it will require patience. 93+ Stephen Tanzers IWC.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/28/2014

Minerals tar and sous bois with dark fruit. Sweet tobacco. Black licorice. Full and chewy with lots of fruit but very reserved. So much mineral and sweet tobacco. It is all there. Give it four to five years of bottle age before beginning to explore the wine. James Suckling.




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