2001 Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L

  • WS 96
  • WA 94
  • IWC 93

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WS 96
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2004
<strong>#7 on the Top 100 of 2004</strong>; Stick your nose in this and it says something-"I am special." Deep and generous aromas of blackberries fresh tobacco and minerals. It's full-bodied with big velvety... <strong>#7 on the Top 100 of 2004</strong>; Stick your nose in this and it says something-"I am special." Deep and generous aromas of blackberries fresh tobacco and minerals. It's full-bodied with big velvety tannins and a superlong finish. Like a fine cashmere sweater. Best after 2010. 22000 cases made. -JS
WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2004
The 2001 Lafite Rothschild's deep saturated plum/purple color is accompanied by lead pencil liqueur-like notes intermixed with sweet red and black currants plums and cedar. This blend of 86.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13.5%... The 2001 Lafite Rothschild's deep saturated plum/purple color is accompanied by lead pencil liqueur-like notes intermixed with sweet red and black currants plums and cedar. This blend of 86.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13.5% Merlot is a classic example of Lafite. Extremely elegant medium-bodied with intense concentration richness and sweet tannin it appears to be on a rapid evolutionary track at least in comparison to recent Lafite vintages that have been far more backward and powerful. The classy 2001 should be at its finest between 2007-2020.
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2004
...Sexy aromas of raspberry cedar coconut minerals lead pencil chocolate and tobacco leaf. Juicy lively and penetrating with sharply delineated flavors of blackberry raspberry and rose petal. Boasts the classic... ...Sexy aromas of raspberry cedar coconut minerals lead pencil chocolate and tobacco leaf. Juicy lively and penetrating with sharply delineated flavors of blackberry raspberry and rose petal. Boasts the classic inner-mouth energy of this great first growth but also grew increasingly silky with extended aeration. Finishes with tongue-coating tannins and superb lift.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2001

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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.