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Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Gr. Cru Classé Bordeaux 1966

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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: jfitz1275
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4.50 5
06/18/2010

Tasted in June, 2010 - Truly a beautiful example of what Cabernet Sauvignon can be when it grows up. A rich amber in color, with charred green pepper, oregano and cedar on the complex nose. The palate of this wine still retains amazingly fresh strawberry and raspberry, and lively acidity. Soft, velvety tannins and an herby, cigar-box finish that lasts five minutes, easily. A remarkable wine with little time left, so drink up.


External Reviews for Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Gr. Cru Classé Bordeaux

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Source: SoDivin
05/09/2009

1er Cru Classé


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
08/18/2010

Mature, spicy bouquet isn't backed up by much flavor, but it's a light, elegant, ready-to-drink claret. Disappointing for the vintage.--Lafite Rothschild vertical. Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1966 Lafite-Rothschild 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/13/2011

A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1966 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Carruades de Lafite 750ml



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