2010 Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L
  • JS 100
  • WS 99
  • WE 99
  • JL 99
  • WA 98
  • IWC 98
  • NM 97

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Reg: $2,100.00

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JS 100
jamessuckling.com, April 2011
Believe the hype. Lafite is perfect in 2010. The nose is amazing with sweet tobacco dark chocolate and currants. It is amazing. It's like gazing into the blue sky in wonder after tasting this young wine. Full and powerful... Believe the hype. Lafite is perfect in 2010. The nose is amazing with sweet tobacco dark chocolate and currants. It is amazing. It's like gazing into the blue sky in wonder after tasting this young wine. Full and powerful with amazing minerals currants and bitter chocolate. It starts off slowly and then finishes with a bang. This is really layered and wonderful. It goes on and on. Stunning.
WS 99
Wine Spectator, March 2011
This is all guile and elegance now with sleek perfumy black tea currant and crushed fig fruit laced with subtle smoke incense and tar. Just as you think it starts to fade the acidity kicks in on the finish and brings... This is all guile and elegance now with sleek perfumy black tea currant and crushed fig fruit laced with subtle smoke incense and tar. Just as you think it starts to fade the acidity kicks in on the finish and brings everything back for an encore. Tasted non-blind. -J.M
WE 99
Wine Enthusiast, June 2011
An enormous structure the wine is filled with tannins as well as dark berry fruit. It is so powerful so concentrated yet a great finesse brings together all the elements into a superb wine. - R.V.
JL 99
TheWineCellarInsider.com, April 2011
Produced from a blend of 87.2% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12.8% Merlot (which is close to what the estate used in 2005) the wine opened with cedar earth minerality cassis and forest floor aromatics. In the mouth the wine is... Produced from a blend of 87.2% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12.8% Merlot (which is close to what the estate used in 2005) the wine opened with cedar earth minerality cassis and forest floor aromatics. In the mouth the wine is suave polished and fresh with layers of pure blackberry and spicy cassis. This is pure refined elegance. While not the most powerful First Growth it's the most regal in bearing. According to the Director Charles Chevalier part of the reason for the success in 2010 was due to less pumping over than usual. Chevalier added with the high 13.5% alcohol level his team spent more time watching over each individual vat during fermentation.
WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011
2010 Lafite Rothschild: This exceptionally rich thick Lafite came in with the highest level of natural alcohol (13.5%) ever achieved at Lafite Rothschild. To put that in its proper context the 2009 and 2005 were 13.3% and... 2010 Lafite Rothschild: This exceptionally rich thick Lafite came in with the highest level of natural alcohol (13.5%) ever achieved at Lafite Rothschild. To put that in its proper context the 2009 and 2005 were 13.3% and in the hottest Bordeaux summer ever recorded in over 200 years the 2003 achieved 12.8%. A blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Merlot all harvested between October 9 and 14 the 2010 exhibits an extraordinarily dense color an unctuous texture and sweet black currant fruit intermixed with graphite charcoal and truffle notes. A director Charles Chevalier told me between July and the October harvest Bordeaux had its driest weather since 1949 but it never got excessively hot. Hence the tiny berries freshness and extraordinary precision of Lafite Rothschild. This superb effort will undoubtedly shut down slightly once it is bottled despite a pH of 3.8. It needs no building up because much of Lafite Rothschild has now become an obsession with the wealthy Chinese and most of it will undoubtedly be consumed before it ever hits its prime. Ideally it should be cellared for 10-15 years and drunk over the following 50+ years.
IWC 98
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2011
Glass-staining deep purple-ruby. Archetypical Lafite elegance on the nose offering delicate pure aromas of cassis blueberry cedar and graphite complicated by intense minerality. Then bright and fresh in the mouth with... Glass-staining deep purple-ruby. Archetypical Lafite elegance on the nose offering delicate pure aromas of cassis blueberry cedar and graphite complicated by intense minerality. Then bright and fresh in the mouth with perfectly harmonious acids nicely supporting the pretty blackcurrant cedar and delicate herbal flavors. Very long and extremely refined with uncanny silkiness of tannins. A cool refined impeccably balanced Lafite that will need plenty of aging: drink 2022 through 2050. One of the top half dozen wines of the vintage.
NM 97
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, April 2011
The 2010 is a blend of 87.2% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12.8% Merlot cropped between 24th September until 13th October delivering 13.48% alcohol at pH 3.82. Whereas the 2009 Lafite was an immediate "wow" this is far more... The 2010 is a blend of 87.2% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12.8% Merlot cropped between 24th September until 13th October delivering 13.48% alcohol at pH 3.82. Whereas the 2009 Lafite was an immediate "wow" this is far more introspective and broody particular coming directly after Latour. Deep dusky dark berried fruit a touch of cedar and pencil box. Good definition but not as expressive or as vigorous as I was expected. The palate is medium-bodied very well balanced with fine but structure tannins masculine in style understated compared to Latour. I take a little sip (pourquoi pas?) and there is another annexe of dark cherry and a touch of boysenberry. Hints of cedar and spice towards the dry tannic finish. This is a Lafite that will grow during its élevage. Drink 2020-
JJB 96
JJ Buckley, April 2011
87.2% cabernet sauvignon and 12.8% merlot. The harvest at Lafite began on September 24th with the merlot and finished October 13th with the cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot. 13.48% alcohol. This showcases a spicy... 87.2% cabernet sauvignon and 12.8% merlot. The harvest at Lafite began on September 24th with the merlot and finished October 13th with the cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot. 13.48% alcohol. This showcases a spicy peppery nose with notes of raspberry chocolate and black tea. On the precise palate it is very pure and elegant. The chalky minerality is accented by pure cabernet flavors and framed by well-integrated French oak. Moderately complex and medium to full bodied but I wish this had a longer finish.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2010

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.