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Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Gr. Cru Classé Bordeaux 1978

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nose: real long and elegant nose of tobbacco, leather, pencil shavings, and hints of black currant taste: very nice elgant feel with that bit of oomph that lafite can have with tobbacco, leather, and sour cranberry overall: very nice. This one still has some good life to it and has been stored pretty well. Good feel on the palate it was nice to see how this held up as I had a bunch of vinegar and tomato juice wines at the tasting before this. Nice and long finish with good elegance on the palate

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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 Pauillac Premier Gr. Cru Classé Bordeaux

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/13/2011

This wine is distinctively herbaceous and cedary, with surprisingly high acidity, and aggressive tannin in the finish. Its medium garnet color and smoky, roasted herb-scented nose are followed by a wine with good fruit on the attack, but an angular, ... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1978 Lafite-Rothschild 1500ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/25/2011

Beautiful deep-garnet color, with classic Médoc flavors of plum, spice, earth and mineral. Tannic, well-balanced, mouth-filling, chewy in its intensity but needs time. Drinkable now, but probably better to wait until about 1998.--Lafite Rothschild ve... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1978 Lafite-Rothschild 1500ml



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nose: real long and elegant nose of tobbacco, leather, pencil shavings, and hints of black currant taste: very nice elgant feel with that bit of oomph that lafite can have with tobbacco, leather, and sour cranberry overall: very nice. This one still has some good life to it and has been stored pretty well. Good feel on the palate it was nice to see how this held up as I had a bunch of vinegar and tomato juice wines at the tasting before this. Nice and long finish with good elegance on the palate

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