Château Lafite Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend

9.42674 ratings
9.3713 pro ratings
Pauillac, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, White Rice, Mushrooms, Pasta, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Lamb, Tomato-Based, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Beef, Hard Cheese, Venison
Top Notes For
Fraser McKinley

This was pure, rich and glossy with ripeness in spades. It’s a pretty impressive 20 year old and shows no signs of fatigue. Lovely stuff - 2000

This was pure, rich and glossy with ripeness in spades. It’s a pretty impressive 20 year old and shows no signs of fatigue. Lovely stuff - 2000

Feb 10th, 2020
Jason Li

What a wine! Perfect in every way

What a wine! Perfect in every way

Jan 26th, 2020
Rodney Rosser

2004 shared by a guest

2004 shared by a guest

Jan 13th, 2020
Shay A
9.6

Annual guys WTF Christmas party with spouses. Lots of great wine. I’ll post my highlights with pics I got.

A beautiful and elegant wine that didn’t need much time to unravel. I had a glass of this fairly close to pop and pour, and then I took my second glass and put it off to the side until the evening was drawing to a close, and both were very similar. This is perfectly integrated and impeccably balanced. This is classic, high quality Bordeaux at maturity. Expressive notes of violets, herbs de Provence, leather, cassis, and dusty/earthy blackberries. On the palate, the weight is just fantastic! Pure and clean. Plums, black cherries wrapped in tobacco leaves, and cedar. Not going anywhere for a while, but the primary and secondary notes are at 50/50 right now so if you enjoy that type of balanced profile, open! A treat to enjoy.

Annual guys WTF Christmas party with spouses. Lots of great wine. I’ll post my highlights with pics I got.

A beautiful and elegant wine that didn’t need much time to unravel. I had a glass of this fairly close to pop and pour, and then I took my second glass and put it off to the side until the evening was drawing to a close, and both were very similar. This is perfectly integrated and impeccably balanced. This is classic, high quality Bordeaux at maturity. Expressive notes of violets, herbs de Provence, leather, cassis, and dusty/earthy blackberries. On the palate, the weight is just fantastic! Pure and clean. Plums, black cherries wrapped in tobacco leaves, and cedar. Not going anywhere for a while, but the primary and secondary notes are at 50/50 right now so if you enjoy that type of balanced profile, open! A treat to enjoy.

Dec 21st, 2019
Ryan Mullins

Recorked In 89. Mostly oxidized and close to dealth. I think this is a storage issue and no reflection on the vintage as a whole

Recorked In 89. Mostly oxidized and close to dealth. I think this is a storage issue and no reflection on the vintage as a whole

Dec 17th, 2019
Alex Lallos

Owner No Limit Fine Wines, Private Wine Consultant

9.5

One of the top wines from the evening. Refined with a pauillac first growth feel. Still very powerful and in a really great place. Just stunning

One of the top wines from the evening. Refined with a pauillac first growth feel. Still very powerful and in a really great place. Just stunning

Dec 15th, 2019
Michael Herzog

Just a basic pop and pour kind of evening...

Maybe not. Thanks to
@Kuan Lim for sharing this 1971 (birth year wine) and a 1996. These age so gracefully and they were both spectacular in their own ways. I am going to give them both collectively a 96. Not often you get to taste such great wines together. Awesome!

Just a basic pop and pour kind of evening...

Maybe not. Thanks to
@Kuan Lim for sharing this 1971 (birth year wine) and a 1996. These age so gracefully and they were both spectacular in their own ways. I am going to give them both collectively a 96. Not often you get to taste such great wines together. Awesome!

Dec 13th, 2019
ADAM STROMFELD

Happy birthday Chris! Soft and deep notes of pencil shavings. Dark cherries and cooked red fruit. Soft and elegant perfect balance. What a treat

Happy birthday Chris! Soft and deep notes of pencil shavings. Dark cherries and cooked red fruit. Soft and elegant perfect balance. What a treat

Dec 5th, 2019
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9.0

This bottle of 1990 Lafite-Rothschild replicates the one poured at the château several months earlier. The bouquet offers black fruit, a little dustiness, leather and light marine notes, but again, it never slips into fifth gear. It just lacks vivacity. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly hard tannin, modest fruit concentration and a monochromatic finish that feels suppressed by that summer’s warmth. To reiterate, there are Super Seconds that clearly outperform this First Growth in 1990. Tasted at Noble Rot's “Xmas” dinner. (Neal Martin, Vinous, December 2019)

This bottle of 1990 Lafite-Rothschild replicates the one poured at the château several months earlier. The bouquet offers black fruit, a little dustiness, leather and light marine notes, but again, it never slips into fifth gear. It just lacks vivacity. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly hard tannin, modest fruit concentration and a monochromatic finish that feels suppressed by that summer’s warmth. To reiterate, there are Super Seconds that clearly outperform this First Growth in 1990. Tasted at Noble Rot's “Xmas” dinner. (Neal Martin, Vinous, December 2019)

Dec 5th, 2019
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9.3

The 1985 Lafite-Rothschild is only a modest success in the context of the vintage. Here, it is totally outclassed by the 1985 Las Cases. Light, slightly loose-knit red berry fruit on the nose is complemented by warm gravel and smoky aromas, though it lacks a bit of energy. The palate is nicely balanced, not powerful but focused, with adequate freshness. As mentioned in my previous tasting note, this has dispensed with some density in recent years, and if your expectations are modest, it remains enjoyable. Tasted at Hameau de Barbaron in Burgundy. (Neal Martin Vinous, December 2019)

The 1985 Lafite-Rothschild is only a modest success in the context of the vintage. Here, it is totally outclassed by the 1985 Las Cases. Light, slightly loose-knit red berry fruit on the nose is complemented by warm gravel and smoky aromas, though it lacks a bit of energy. The palate is nicely balanced, not powerful but focused, with adequate freshness. As mentioned in my previous tasting note, this has dispensed with some density in recent years, and if your expectations are modest, it remains enjoyable. Tasted at Hameau de Barbaron in Burgundy. (Neal Martin Vinous, December 2019)

Dec 5th, 2019