2006 Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • WE 96
  • NM 96
  • WS 95
  • IWC 95
  • WA 95
  • W&S 94

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$715.00

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Reg: $850.00

$715.00

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WE 96
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, March 2009
As so often with Lafite it is power that marks this wine. That and density of texture. The additional element in this vintage and at this stage of the wine's development is a dominant wood element. The vanilla and tannins... As so often with Lafite it is power that marks this wine. That and density of texture. The additional element in this vintage and at this stage of the wine's development is a dominant wood element. The vanilla and tannins from the wood match well with the concentrated tannins of the fruit which is dark dense and tight. This is a wine for long-term aging: in 15 years this will have superb richness.
NM 96
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, January 2012
Tasted at Hermitage Wines’ seminar in Hong Kong. The 2006 Lafite seems to have changed little from last year. That Cabernet Sauvignon continues to dominate the nose, less Margaux-like than before with lifted graphite and... Tasted at Hermitage Wines’ seminar in Hong Kong. The 2006 Lafite seems to have changed little from last year. That Cabernet Sauvignon continues to dominate the nose, less Margaux-like than before with lifted graphite and sous-bois aromas. The palate is in recluse at the moment, the fruit very tightly wound, but certainly beautifully balanced with a precise, slightly austere, masculine finish. This represents a very “sober” Lafite-Rothschild for drinking in another 10 to 15-years.
WS 95
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2009
Plum, sweet tobacco and blackberry aromas follow through to a full body, offering a tight, chewy palate, yet with polished, refined tannins. Very long and caressing. This turns to a muscular and toned young wine. Gets... Plum, sweet tobacco and blackberry aromas follow through to a full body, offering a tight, chewy palate, yet with polished, refined tannins. Very long and caressing. This turns to a muscular and toned young wine. Gets better and better with age. Best after 2014. 23,330 cases made.
IWC 95
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2009
($750) Good full ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of cassis graphite and cedar chips lifted by peppery and floral high notes. Densely packed and superconcentrated but light on its feet with compelling flavors of spicy berries... ($750) Good full ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of cassis graphite and cedar chips lifted by peppery and floral high notes. Densely packed and superconcentrated but light on its feet with compelling flavors of spicy berries and minerals. The very long slow-building finish stains the palate with flavor. Very backward but not austere; and unlike some recent vintages of Lafite which could appear deceptively light in the early going this showcases its density and ripeness from the outset. I have the impression that most of the less-ripe fruit was declassified into the far lighter Carruades de Lafite (87) which shows a distinctly cool style for the year.
WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2016
Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London and then blind at Farr Vintners tasting. The 2006 Château Lafite-Rothschild offers impressive fruit intensity on the nose, although it does not have the... Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London and then blind at Farr Vintners tasting. The 2006 Château Lafite-Rothschild offers impressive fruit intensity on the nose, although it does not have the precision of the 2006 Mouton-Rothschild. Red berry fruits intermingle with rose petals and sous-bois scents - very typical Lafite bouquet where less can be more. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and a keen line of acidity. It is certainly very well balanced with graphite-tinged black fruit, but whereas Mouton-Rothschild possesses that peacock's tail, Lafite remains linear. Nevertheless, the sophistication really comes through here. It is a Lafite-Rothschild that may spring a few surprises down the line, one of those wines that keeps drawing you back. Understated class. Tasted April 2016. - Neal Martin
W&S 94
Wine & Spirits - Wine & Spirits, December 2009
In tasting this wine over the course of several days it transforms from the overt richness of puppy fat and new oak to a more supple enigma. The pure clean fruit flavors of blueberry jam turn earthier while the oak... In tasting this wine over the course of several days it transforms from the overt richness of puppy fat and new oak to a more supple enigma. The pure clean fruit flavors of blueberry jam turn earthier while the oak becomes more of a veil. This Lafite will require 20 years or more to begin to show its character and it should reward those with the patience to wait.
JJB 93
Mike Supple - JJ Buckley, April 2007
<b>Our visit</b> <object width="320" height="240"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/-MFgqwiQIXw"> </param> <embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/-MFgqwiQIXw... <b>Our visit</b> <object width="320" height="240"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/-MFgqwiQIXw"> </param> <embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/-MFgqwiQIXw" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="320" height="240"> </embed> </object> <b>My notes:</b> Dark bright core surrounded by a pink rim edged with violet hints. Smokey earth lead the aromas above lighter red and black fruits: cherry cassis blackberry. There is a light note of fresh anise on the nose as well. The wine enters the palate with sweet fruit flavors and the fruit builds to a much greater intensity than the aromas suggested at first. The tannins build well but remain somewhat subdued. Some spicy black licorice notes on the finish. 82% Cabernet Sauvignon 16% Merlot 2% Cabernet Franc.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2006

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.