RP Rating: 95
""Deep garnet. Marked and attractive herbaceous freshness on the nose. Even a touch of capsicum. Very little tertiary character showing. Similar on the palate, really quite cedary and herbaceous – not unripe but quite the opposite of super-ripe. But all this adds up to great freshness, tannins that are fine and dry, and a long, dry yet rather gentle persistence” - Jancis Robinson
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.