2009 Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JS 100 DC 99 JA 99 JL 99 WS 98 WA 97 WE 97 VN 96 JR 95
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jamessuckling.com, March 2019

This is what the Medoc is all about. The freshness and delicacy of this wine in combination with its serious concentration and firm core are totally stunning. Time has already worked its magic and this is already...
DC 99

Decanter, March 2022

This wine is stunningly impressive but almost the opposite of the 2010 vintage. The year offered a warm, wet spring followed by a hot, dry summer and cool nights in September, giving a riper, more generous impression. A...
JA 99

janeanson.com, July 2022

Cedar, sandalwood, slate, liqourice, smoked earth, this is subtle, inches slowly through the palate, showcasing fine tannins that at first hide the depth and power in the wine, preferring instead to levitate above the...
JL 99

TheWineCellarInsider.com, September 2019

Elegant, fresh, vibrant, lively, focused and refined, there is a beautiful purity to the fruit found here. Classic Pauillac here, but the wine is also lush and almost opulent in nature. Medium/full-bodied, with delicious...
WS 98

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...
WA 97

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2019

The deep garnet colored 2009 Lafite Rothschild bursts from the glass with red and black currant preserves, warm plums, mulberries and kirsch scents plus suggestions of sweaty leather, cigar box and menthol. Medium-bodied...
WE 97

Wine Enthusiast, August 2010

(95-97 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.
VN 96

Vinous, March 2019

The 2009 Lafite-Rothschild is quite high-toned and expressive on the nose, perhaps the most ostentatious of the top flight 2009s with upfront black cherry and boysenberry fruit, lavish new oak and touches of violet. The...
JR 95

Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, May 2018

(18.5/20) There was a massive contrast between this and the 2010, with the 2009 being very much more than one year more evolved. Definitely paler crimson than the 2010 and much more diffuse and integrated on the nose...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2009
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

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.

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.

The 2009 Lafite-Rothschild is a truly exceptional Bordeaux blend from France's renowned Pauillac region. With a deep garnet color, this red wine exudes elegance and sophistication from the moment it is poured. The nose is immediately enveloped in a symphony of aromas, including red and black currant preserves, warm plums, mulberries, and kirsch. These fruity scents are complemented by hints of sweaty leather, cigar box, and menthol, adding complexity and intrigue to the bouquet.

On the palate, this medium-bodied wine showcases its firm structure and wonderful freshness. The flavors of dark cherry, boysenberry, fig, and dates unfold gracefully, creating a luscious and velvety texture. The wine's finish is long and earthy, with a touch of meatiness that adds depth and character.

Renowned critics have praised this vintage, with Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarding it an impressive score of 97 points. James Suckling, another esteemed critic, gave it a perfect score of 100 points, highlighting its freshness, delicacy, and serious concentration. Wine Spectator also bestowed a score of 98 points, describing the wine as stunning and velvety, with a dense core of black fruit.

The 2009 Lafite-Rothschild is a wine that exemplifies the essence of the Medoc region. Its balance of freshness, concentration, and firmness is a testament to the craftsmanship of the Lafite-Rothschild producer. While this vintage is already delicious and approachable, it has the potential to age gracefully for decades, allowing its flavors to develop and evolve over time.

This wine is a true gem that embodies the finest qualities of a Bordeaux blend. Its elegance, complexity, and age-worthy nature make it a must-have for any wine connoisseur. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future enjoyment, the 2009 Lafite-Rothschild promises an unforgettable experience with every sip.