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Pauillac-Chalone Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac Réserve Spéciale Domaine Rothschild 2002

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After average weather conditions in August, September and October were sunny, dry and warm. As a result, these conditions allowed for a later harvest for the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Cabernet Franc, and all left bank wines. It is in Médoc and Graves that we find the best 2002 vintages! Intense and brilliant red purple colour, a rich and complex nose, blending ripe fruit (cassis, black cherries) with discreetly toasted spicy notes. An ample and fleshy wine with strong tannins and intense and full aromas. It has long finish with notes of liquorice.

Region: France » Bordeaux » Pauillac

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Variety: Bordeaux Blend
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  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

Member Reviews for Pauillac-Chalone Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac Réserve Spéciale Domaine Rothschild

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Snooth User: Philip James
112,552
4.00 5
10/27/2007

Slightly musty nose, very restrained (although this was tried post Harlan Estate). Displays some excellent minerality and finishes on drying tannins. Tasted at the New York Wine Experience


Snooth User: davidtsr
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3.00 5
08/10/2009

Three glasses


External Reviews for Pauillac-Chalone Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac Réserve Spéciale Domaine Rothschild

External Review
04/12/2011

A brilliant offering and a candidate for wine of the vintage, this is classic Lafite that reminded me somewhat of the 1976, although the vintage conditions were completely different.


External Review
05/19/2012

A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2002 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Carruades de Lafite 750ml


External Review
06/20/2014

Bubbling over with crushed berries currants and spices with tobacco notes. Beautiful. Full-bodied with gorgeously velvety tannins and a long finish of pretty fruit. This is a racy yet elegant Lafite. Classy... Wine Spectator.


External Review
06/20/2014

Subdued but pure aromas of currant plum minerals graphite and sexy coconutty oak; showed a floral note with aeration. Extremely suave fine-grained and concentrated with a strong spine of acidity. Finishes firmly tannic subtle and very long. This should develop slowly. 92(+?) points Stephen Tanzers IWC.


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06/20/2014

A brilliant offering and a candidate for wine of the vintage this is classic Lafite...This is a medium-weight quintessentially elegant style of Lafite with notes of lead pencil shavings/graphite along with black currants plums and crushed rocks/mineral. Wonderfully pure dense with a deep ruby/purple color and loads of fruit definition and a long finish this is a brilliant elegant Lafite Rothschild that builds incrementally in the mouth and has more power and density than it initially s



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After average weather conditions in August, September and October were sunny, dry and warm. As a result, these conditions allowed for a later harvest for the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Cabernet Franc, and all left bank wines. It is in Médoc and Graves that we find the best 2002 vintages! Intense and brilliant red purple colour, a rich and complex nose, blending ripe fruit (cassis, black cherries) with discreetly toasted spicy notes. An ample and fleshy wine with strong tannins and intense and full aromas. It has long finish with notes of liquorice.

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