2009 Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • JS 100
  • WA 99
  • WS 98
  • WE 97
  • IWC 96
  • NM 95

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JS 100
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2012
The second you put your nose in the glass you know that it is 100 points. The combination of sweet tobacco fresh flowers currants and sultanas on the nose leaves me breathless. Turns to cocoa powder and freshness. The... The second you put your nose in the glass you know that it is 100 points. The combination of sweet tobacco fresh flowers currants and sultanas on the nose leaves me breathless. Turns to cocoa powder and freshness. The palate re-enforces the show with phenomenally polished tannins. Fabulous class. Could be a remake of the phenomenal 1959. Try in 2022.
WA 99
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2012
The main reason the 2009 Lafite Rothschild did not receive a perfect score is because the wine has closed down slightly but it is unquestionably another profound Lafite their greatest wine since the amazing 2003. Among... The main reason the 2009 Lafite Rothschild did not receive a perfect score is because the wine has closed down slightly but it is unquestionably another profound Lafite their greatest wine since the amazing 2003. Among the most powerful Lafites ever made (it came in at 13.59% alcohol) the final blend was 82.5% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot. The selection was incredibly severe with only 45% of the crop being utilized. A tight but potentially gorgeous nose of graphite black currants licorice and camphor is followed by a full-bodied wine revealing the classic elegance purity and delineated style of Lafite. It is phenomenally concentrated with softer tannins than the 2005 the 2003's voluptuous broad juicy personality and low acidity. There are several vintages that I thought were a replay of their colossal 1959 most notably 1982 and 2003 but 2009 is also one to keep an eye on. It is still extremely youthful and seems slightly more backward than I would have guessed based on the barrel tastings but it needs 10-15 years of bottle age and should last for 50+. Score: 99+
WS 98
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2012
This is stunning for its ability to take massively endowed fig currant paste and crushed plum fruit flavors and harness them with ultrasuave freshly roasted espresso black tea and ganache notes. A seductive style long and... This is stunning for its ability to take massively endowed fig currant paste and crushed plum fruit flavors and harness them with ultrasuave freshly roasted espresso black tea and ganache notes. A seductive style long and velvety with the dense core of black fruit and smoldering iron just waiting and waiting. Best from 2020 through 2040. -JM
WE 97
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, August 2010
(WE95-97 points) Barrel sample. A powerful expression of Cabernet Sauvignon, solid in structure. The wine is rich and concentrated, very textured. Great spice go with just enough fresh acidity, in this big wine.
IWC 96
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2012
Deep ruby-red. Classic Lafite aromas of cassis cedar and graphite are lifted by a fragrant violet note. Then pure and vibrant on the palate with seamless flavors of blackcurrant blackberry cedar iron and flint. The... Deep ruby-red. Classic Lafite aromas of cassis cedar and graphite are lifted by a fragrant violet note. Then pure and vibrant on the palate with seamless flavors of blackcurrant blackberry cedar iron and flint. The very smooth tannins provide plenty of support to the fruit flavors while the wine's harmonious acidity really draws out the finish. This outstanding Lafite is all about grace--in contrast to Latour's power. 96+
NM 95
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, July 2013
Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. Unfortunately we were afforded just one bottle of the Lafite '09, which is a pity because I (and many others) would have wished to re-taste it. This has a lifted bouquet with... Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. Unfortunately we were afforded just one bottle of the Lafite '09, which is a pity because I (and many others) would have wished to re-taste it. This has a lifted bouquet with blackberry, sous-bois and a touch of dried herbs. Good fruit concentration here, Graves-like, complex with peripheral marmalade aromas emerging with time. The palate is full-bodied with succulent ripe tannins, slightly lower acidity, smooth and harmonious with a luscious, almost texturally honeyed finish. To be honest, I was expecting a little more from the 2009 and I hope that more breeding and terroir expression will seep through with time.
JJB 97
John Sweeney - JJ Buckley, March 2010
82.5% Cabernet Sauvignon 17% Merlot 0.5% Petit Verdot. This massive wine is very deep purple in color and impressively concentrated. Aromas of blackberry blueberry dark chocolate coffee and cherry. This is a very... 82.5% Cabernet Sauvignon 17% Merlot 0.5% Petit Verdot. This massive wine is very deep purple in color and impressively concentrated. Aromas of blackberry blueberry dark chocolate coffee and cherry. This is a very complete wine from start to finish with a great mouth feel. My notes read very complex elegant and restrained.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2009

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.