RP Rating: 98
"Almost black in color, this stunning wine is gorgeous, rich and dense. It's grand and powerful, with a strong sense of its own importance. The beautiful tannins and the fragrant black currant fruits are palpable. It's a great wine, with huge potential. Cellar Selection.” Wine Enthusiast.
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.