Château Lafite Rothschild
WHY BUY IT ?
- 1st Grand Cru Classé of 1855
- A wine of international renown
- According to Mr. Lawton (during his tasting in 1855), Château Lafite Rothschild is the most elegant and the finest of the first 3 wines
- A wine that always receives excellent scores in the press, like the vintage 2008: 98-100 by Robert Parker and 19 by Decanter.
The history of Château Lafite dates back to the 13th century. However, its reputation as a great wine estate dates back to the 17th century thanks to the De Ségur family. From the eighteenth century, the Marquis Nicolas Alexandre De Ségur will strive to consolidate the first successes and improve wine techniques. He will get at this time the prestigious title of “Wine of the King”. The wine of Lafite was even compared at that time to the ambrosia of the gods of Olympus and prescribed as the best tonic. On the eve of the French Revolution, Lafite is already at the top of the wine hierarchy. The Paris World Fair in 1855 dedicated Château Lafite as the first of the Premiers Crus. The Château Lafite was acquired by Baron James de Rothschild in 1868 and this year will mark the spirits because the barrel will be sold at a premium price record that will remain unmatched for more than a century. The Second World War will have a strong impact, but thanks to Baron Elie de Rothschild, the Château will regain its nobility thanks to its many projects of reorganization and renovation. As for Baron Éric, it will enable Lafite to stand out by creating the circular cellar, setting up a new technical team and the association of the estate with renowned photographers.
The 112-hectare vineyard is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon (70%), Merlot (25%), Cabernet Franc (3%) and Petit Verdot (2%). The techniques used remain traditional and incorporate a strict control of yields. The harvest is done by hand, many hand-made work throughout the year, little or no chemical fertilizer and some manure additions allow the vine to reach a high age. The grubbing is done reluctantly when the vines are generally more than 80 years old. The aging time in oak barrels is 18 to 20 months. The average annual production is 16,000 cases.
At the tasting, the Château Lafite Rothschild offers a wine of exceptional length, of an aromatic complexity without equal and a potential of guarding among the most impressive of the Bordelais.
- Owner: Domaines BARONS DE ROTHSCHILD
- Domain Director: Charles CHEVALLIER
- Oenologist and winemaker: Christophe CONGE
- Winemaker: Régis PORFILET