1995 Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • WS 96
  • JR 96
  • WA 95
  • IWC 93

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WS 96
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, July 2007
Intense aromas of blackberries black licorice and currants with mineral undertones. Full-bodied with a solid core of tannins and a long silky finish. Still holding back but is concentrated and powerful. The 1996 is always... Intense aromas of blackberries black licorice and currants with mineral undertones. Full-bodied with a solid core of tannins and a long silky finish. Still holding back but is concentrated and powerful. The 1996 is always talked about but I think this is superior and will be in the future.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2010. 20000 cases made. -JS
JR 96
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, February 2011
Blaickish ruby with hardly any suggestion of ageing. That very refined lift of Lafite on the nose – oyster shells? Very elegant indeed – no dry tannins. Complete and with enough juice. A very fine Lafite. Lovely graphite... Blaickish ruby with hardly any suggestion of ageing. That very refined lift of Lafite on the nose – oyster shells? Very elegant indeed – no dry tannins. Complete and with enough juice. A very fine Lafite. Lovely graphite finish – sinewy. No heaviness at all. And the tannins are SO well managed! 19/20
WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 1998
The 1995 Lafite-Rothschild (only one-third of the harvest made it into the final blend) is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon 17% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc. The wine was showing spectacularly well when I tasted it in... The 1995 Lafite-Rothschild (only one-third of the harvest made it into the final blend) is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon 17% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc. The wine was showing spectacularly well when I tasted it in November 1997. It exhibits a dark ruby purple color and a sweet powdered mineral smoky weedy cassis-scented nose. Beautiful sweetness of fruit is present in this medium-bodied tightly-knit but gloriously pure well-delineated Lafite. The 1995 is not as powerful or as massive as the 1996 but it is beautifully made with outstanding credentials in addition to remarkable promise. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2028.
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 1998
Dark ruby-red. Sappy, expressive aromas of cherry, plum, minerals, woodsmoke and game, plus an exotic suggestion of baked apple. Rather subtle on the attack, then quickly expands to fill the mouth. A big, deep, very rich... Dark ruby-red. Sappy, expressive aromas of cherry, plum, minerals, woodsmoke and game, plus an exotic suggestion of baked apple. Rather subtle on the attack, then quickly expands to fill the mouth. A big, deep, very rich vintage for Lafite, unusually generous at this early stage and extremely long on the aftertaste. But went into a shell with aeration, and showed a hint of tobacco leaf vegetility. Finishing notes of coconut, woodsmoke and tobacco add flavor interest. 93+
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 1995

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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.

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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.