1994 Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • WS 93
  • WA 90

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WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 1997
<strong> #37 on the Top 100 of 1997</strong>; A luscious Lafite that is silky and elegant with layers of wonderful violet berry cherry and chocolate flavors. It's full-bodied with racy refined tannins and good... <strong> #37 on the Top 100 of 1997</strong>; A luscious Lafite that is silky and elegant with layers of wonderful violet berry cherry and chocolate flavors. It's full-bodied with racy refined tannins and good length. Drinkable now but best from 1999 and through another decade.
WA 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 1997
Because Lafite-Rothschild (1) tends to lack the weight of many wines of the northern Medoc and (2) is never a flashy ostentatious style of wine it is often more difficult to evaluate when young than some of its neighbors... Because Lafite-Rothschild (1) tends to lack the weight of many wines of the northern Medoc and (2) is never a flashy ostentatious style of wine it is often more difficult to evaluate when young than some of its neighbors. Made from nearly 100% Cabernet Sauvignon this dark ruby/purple-colored wine is stubbornly backward unappealing and severe and astringent on the palate. There is plenty of weight and the wine possesses admirable purity with no suggestion of herbaceousness or underripe fruit but the wine's personality refuses to be coaxed from the glass. The 1994 Lafite may turn out to be austere and disappointing flavor-wise but possesses a fabulous set of aromatics (does that sound reminiscent of the 1961 another Lafite that was primarily Cabernet Sauvignon?). I am not giving up on this wine but purchasers should be willing to wait 15-20 years before pulling a cork. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030.</P>
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 1994

Label

This famous First Growth is often described as perfumed, elegant and delicate, and one of the finest wines in Bordeaux. According to Baron Eric de Rothschild, Chateau Lafite has a beautiful, generous, and kindly soul that turns bare earth into heaven. The blend for this grand vin varies from vintage to vintage, but is typically 80-95% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5-20% Merlot, with the balance from Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

Winery

Lafite-Rothschild

Chateau Lafite, the famous Pauillac property of the Left Bank of the Medoc, began to earn its reputation as a great winemaking estate in the 17th century. Acquiring a strong following in London in the early 18th century, Lafite found its way to the Versailles court, receiving acclaim as the “The King’s Wine”. The reputation did not diminish, achieving a pinnacle when it was ranked a First Growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification.

On August 8, 1868, Baron James de Rothschild purchased Chateau Lafite, although he died just three months later leaving Lafite to his three sons. The years that followed were considered a golden age for the estate, producing a rich legacy of remarkable vintages.

Fortunes turned at the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, which were turbulent years. The vines suffered both a phylloxeric crisis and mildew. Then there was organized fraud, World War I, followed by the Great Depression, and finally the occupation of France during World War II. After this difficult period, Baron Elie de Rothschild was entrusted with the recovery of the Lafite estate, leading programs to restore the vineyards and the buildings, as well as becoming an active participant in tasting events and the founding of a regional guild.

The recovery and renewal period at Chateau Lafite was continued by his nephew, Baron Eric de Rothschild, who made great strides forward in the management of the estate and in the replanting and restoration of the vineyards. He also extended the horizons of the Domaines through new acquisitions both in France and abroad.