2000 Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • WS 100
  • WE 99
  • WA 98

Reg: $1,495.00

$1,195.00

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Reg: $1,495.00

$1,195.00

This product is
out of stock

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WS 100
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2003
Subtle aromas of currants leather tobacco and cedar. Classic cigar box nose with fruit. Full-bodied with an amazing texture of silky ripe tannins. This wine completely coats your palate but caresses it at the same... Subtle aromas of currants leather tobacco and cedar. Classic cigar box nose with fruit. Full-bodied with an amazing texture of silky ripe tannins. This wine completely coats your palate but caresses it at the same time.This is the best young Lafite ever made. A triumph. Best after 2012. 18000 cases made. -JS
WE 99
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, June 2003
Perhaps of all the first growths in the totally un-classic 2000 this retains most of the classic Bordeaux. It is certainly almost black in color while the new wood flavors are very present. But it shows an impressive... Perhaps of all the first growths in the totally un-classic 2000 this retains most of the classic Bordeaux. It is certainly almost black in color while the new wood flavors are very present. But it shows an impressive restraint leaving the power of the wine to be revealed over the years rather than immediately. This could well be the longest-lived of the Pauillac first growths. R.V.
WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2010
Since I gave this wine a perfect score I suppose some could see this as a downgrade. I found everything still there for a perfect rating but I was just struck by how tight and backward the wine was. A blend of 93.3%... Since I gave this wine a perfect score I suppose some could see this as a downgrade. I found everything still there for a perfect rating but I was just struck by how tight and backward the wine was. A blend of 93.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot the wine still has a dark ruby/purple color and an extraordinarily youthful nose of graphite black currants sweet unsmoked cigar tobacco and flowers. The wine is rich medium to full-bodied but has that ethereal elegance and purity that is always Lafite. I originally predicted that it would first reach maturity in 2011 but I would push that back by 5-7 years now although it has 50-60 years of life in front of it. Owners of this beauty are probably best advised to forget it for 5 years. Tasted next to a 1996 several days after the 2000 tasting the 1996 which is a perfect wine was far closer to full maturity than the 2000. 98+
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2000

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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.

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.