2004 Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 375ML

  • WA 95
  • WS 93
  • IWC 93

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WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2007
This beautiful stunningly dense purple-colored effort (includes about 90% Cabernet Sauvignon) offers up precise notes of graphite black cherries cassis scorched earth and minerals. Medium to full-bodied with fabulous... This beautiful stunningly dense purple-colored effort (includes about 90% Cabernet Sauvignon) offers up precise notes of graphite black cherries cassis scorched earth and minerals. Medium to full-bodied with fabulous fruit impressive richness refreshing acidity and sweet tannin this beauty should be approachable in 4-5 years and last for three decades. As Lafite Rothschilds go this is somewhat of a sleeper vintage. Also tasted: 2004 Carruades de Lafite (88)
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2007
Intense aromas of currant coffee toasty oak and sweet tobacco follow through to a full-bodied palate with velvety tannins great mouthfeel and a long finish. A refined Lafite. Best after 2012. 22080 cases made. –JS
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2007
Medium ruby-red. Scented nose offers plum mocha licorice graphite flowers and tobacco. Suave silky and fine-grained with lovely inner-mouth aromatic character and energy. Perfumed flavors of redcurrant minerals and cedar... Medium ruby-red. Scented nose offers plum mocha licorice graphite flowers and tobacco. Suave silky and fine-grained with lovely inner-mouth aromatic character and energy. Perfumed flavors of redcurrant minerals and cedar. Finishes very long and firm with terrific grip for this mostly gentle vintage.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2004

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.