1999 Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 375ML

  • WA 95
  • WS 94
  • IWC 92

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WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2002
It is a quintessential offering from Lafite Rothschild. This prodigious wine is both elegant and intensely flavored and almost diaphanous in its layers that unfold with no heaviness. An opaque ruby/purple color is... It is a quintessential offering from Lafite Rothschild. This prodigious wine is both elegant and intensely flavored and almost diaphanous in its layers that unfold with no heaviness. An opaque ruby/purple color is accompanied by a complex bouquet of lead pencil graphite cedar creme de cassis toast and vanilla. It is medium-bodied with extravagant layers of richness yet little weight and a finish that is all sweetness ripeness and harmony. This extraordinary Lafite increasingly appears to be a modern day clone of the majestic 1953. A mere one-third of the crop made it into the grand vin! Anticipated maturity: 2007-2030.
WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2010
Delivers wonderful dark chocolate with raspberry and currant undertones. Full-bodied featuring soft silky tannins and a long finish. Very tight still. Needs time. Very layered and holding back.-'89/'99 Bordeaux blind... Delivers wonderful dark chocolate with raspberry and currant undertones. Full-bodied featuring soft silky tannins and a long finish. Very tight still. Needs time. Very layered and holding back.-'89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2009). Best after 2012. 22500 cases made. -JS
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2002
... Ripe deep aromas of currant flowers coconut and mint. Firm and tight with excellent cut and precision; brisk flavors of bitter cherry berry skin and minerals. A slightly dry-edged midweight that's best today on the... ... Ripe deep aromas of currant flowers coconut and mint. Firm and tight with excellent cut and precision; brisk flavors of bitter cherry berry skin and minerals. A slightly dry-edged midweight that's best today on the long slow-building finish. Shows an intriguing late note of faded rose...
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 1999

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.