RP Rating: 90
Dark ruby color, ripe black currants, violets and vanilla, spicy, oaky scents. The wine has great finesse and a particular softness imparted by the Merlot. It tends to be firm yet delicate and supple, great elegance develops with age.
Grape composition is Cabernet Sauvignon (71%) Merlot (25%) Cabernet Franc (3%) and Petit Verdot (1%).
The vineyards of Chateau Lafite are located at the northern tip of the Pauillac appellation. There is evidence of an estate on this site as far back as the 14th century. The current owners, the Rothschilds of the famous banking dynasty, bought the property in 1866, but this is a different branch of the family from that which purchased Chateau Mouton-Rothschild. For many years the Rothschilds’ control of Lafite was very much exercised at a distance, compared to the hands-on influence of Baron Philippe at Mouton, but since the Second World War this has changed somewhat, with the current owner, Eric de Rothschild, presiding over an extensive programme of investment in both vineyard and cellar.