Château Lafite Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend

9.5100 ratings
9.330 pro ratings
Pauillac, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
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9.2

Winemaker Eric Kohler recalled the 1999 Lafite-Rothschild as being born in a "sad summer." Personally, I have liked this First Growth since I first tasted it in barrel. Now 20 years old, it is beginning to show a little bricking on the rim. The bouquet is clean and detailed, with black currant, raspberry, melted tar and cedar developing in the glass (but less of the allspice that I observed in previous bottles). The palate is medium-bodied and maybe more compact than expected, possibly due to this being ex-cellar. While not a concentrated Lafite-Rothschild, it is very harmonious and elegant, brushed with a subtle pepperiness toward the finish and a tang of dried orange peel on the aftertaste. Delightful. Tasted from an ex-château bottle at the estate. (Neal Martin, Vinous, September 2019)

Winemaker Eric Kohler recalled the 1999 Lafite-Rothschild as being born in a "sad summer." Personally, I have liked this First Growth since I first tasted it in barrel. Now 20 years old, it is beginning to show a little bricking on the rim. The bouquet is clean and detailed, with black currant, raspberry, melted tar and cedar developing in the glass (but less of the allspice that I observed in previous bottles). The palate is medium-bodied and maybe more compact than expected, possibly due to this being ex-cellar. While not a concentrated Lafite-Rothschild, it is very harmonious and elegant, brushed with a subtle pepperiness toward the finish and a tang of dried orange peel on the aftertaste. Delightful. Tasted from an ex-château bottle at the estate. (Neal Martin, Vinous, September 2019)

Sep 13th, 2019
Lauren Jenks

We got to taste the 1999 vintage last night, chewy and meaty and oh so special. Thanks to the Jonas Brothers for leaving some in the bottle 😹

We got to taste the 1999 vintage last night, chewy and meaty and oh so special. Thanks to the Jonas Brothers for leaving some in the bottle 😹

Dec 10th, 2017
Tracy Hall

If I could give this 20 points would. My WOTN and the best wine I've had all year. This is in its sweet spot now. That perfect moment when the wine is showing its best. Thank you @Bob Bressler

If I could give this 20 points would. My WOTN and the best wine I've had all year. This is in its sweet spot now. That perfect moment when the wine is showing its best. Thank you @Bob Bressler

Jul 15th, 2017
Christine Havens

1999 Lafite Rothschild, a ruby-hued beauty with a translucent rim—this bottle was incredibly fresh and vibrant on opening. Initially, seemingly more red fruit-driven, the nose evolved into a darker expression with time in the glass. Nuanced aromas of loamy earth, rose petal, black currant, and pencil shavings led into a wine that, while restrained and elegant, boasted ample sweetness at its core. Ultra-fine, polished tannins gave way to a medium-plus finish that culminated in bay leaf, cigar box, and spice.

1999 Lafite Rothschild, a ruby-hued beauty with a translucent rim—this bottle was incredibly fresh and vibrant on opening. Initially, seemingly more red fruit-driven, the nose evolved into a darker expression with time in the glass. Nuanced aromas of loamy earth, rose petal, black currant, and pencil shavings led into a wine that, while restrained and elegant, boasted ample sweetness at its core. Ultra-fine, polished tannins gave way to a medium-plus finish that culminated in bay leaf, cigar box, and spice.

3 people found it helpfulJan 21st, 2015
Bill Bender

I brought this and thought it was in a slightly awkward place. It was not decanted because my day didn't allow it. It's dense, polished and profound but just not as expressive as I'd expect at this stage. I was not able to try it later in the night but I heard it opened up appreciably. Lots of baby fat. Decant or hold.

I brought this and thought it was in a slightly awkward place. It was not decanted because my day didn't allow it. It's dense, polished and profound but just not as expressive as I'd expect at this stage. I was not able to try it later in the night but I heard it opened up appreciably. Lots of baby fat. Decant or hold.

Nov 6th, 2016
David Pearson

Big boy wine. And from a magnum.

Big boy wine. And from a magnum.

Oct 21st, 2016
Charles Antin

Senior Wine Specialist/Auctioneer Zachys

9.1

You'd think we would have learned to decant it way earlier by now... Sort of weirdly disjointed.

You'd think we would have learned to decant it way earlier by now... Sort of weirdly disjointed.

Jan 9th, 2016
Charles Antin

Senior Wine Specialist/Auctioneer Zachys

9.1

Very light, classic.

Very light, classic.

Jan 5th, 2016
Tim Parkhouse DWS, CWE

This made my Xmas eve on the floor!

This made my Xmas eve on the floor!

Dec 25th, 2015
Jeremy Noye

CEO Morrell & Company

9.2

Nicely surprised that this is so supple as it is and so seductive.

Nicely surprised that this is so supple as it is and so seductive.

Sep 22nd, 2015