2011 Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 6L

  • WE 97
  • WS 96
  • NM 95
  • JS 94
  • WA 93

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WE 97
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, May 2012
A powerful wine with dark and dry tannins. It has a great depth of fruit flavor with immense and concentrated weight and a structure that is for long-term aging. - R.V.
WS 96
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, April 2012
Still tightly wound and very restrained but there's a serious well of black plum and macerated currant fruit in reserve held behind substantial but well-ripened tannins and a strong chalk and iron note. There's a nice... Still tightly wound and very restrained but there's a serious well of black plum and macerated currant fruit in reserve held behind substantial but well-ripened tannins and a strong chalk and iron note. There's a nice austerity to the very driven mineral finish. Tasted non-blind.-J.M.
NM 95
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, April 2012
The 2011 Lafite-Rothschild is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot with an alcohol level of 12.6%. It has wonderful purity on the nose with blackberry cassis raspberry a touch of graphite and an attractive... The 2011 Lafite-Rothschild is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot with an alcohol level of 12.6%. It has wonderful purity on the nose with blackberry cassis raspberry a touch of graphite and an attractive floral note. It is feminine and beguiling. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins on the entry crisp acidity very harmonious and alluring with blackberry raspberry and a saline touch towards the long caressing finish. It is a more sensual Lafite that I was expecting with great persistency and poise. Tasted April 2012.
JS 94
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, January 2014
Love the nose on this, with sweet tobacco, delicate currant, cedar and blackberry. Full body with integrated tannins and a juicy, fruity, subtle finish. The texture to this wine is beautiful. Better than I remember from... Love the nose on this, with sweet tobacco, delicate currant, cedar and blackberry. Full body with integrated tannins and a juicy, fruity, subtle finish. The texture to this wine is beautiful. Better than I remember from barrel. Try in 2019.
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2012
A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot (harvested between September 3-21) the 2011 Lafite Rothschild came in at 12.6% natural alcohol (considerably lower than in 2010 and 2009). Exhibiting a deep ruby/purple... A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot (harvested between September 3-21) the 2011 Lafite Rothschild came in at 12.6% natural alcohol (considerably lower than in 2010 and 2009). Exhibiting a deep ruby/purple color lots of crushed rock red and black currant forest floor and underbrush characteristics moderate tannin and medium body it is built somewhat along the lines of the 1999 and 2001. It should be a 20- to 25-year wine but it is not at the level of the 2008 2009 and 2010. Fresh acids give the wine a somewhat more clipped feeling than most great Lafites have exhibited. Nevertheless there is a lot of freshness and vibrancy to this vintage.
JJB 97
John Sweeney - JJ Buckley, April 2012
80% cabernet sauvignon and 20% merlot from vines with an average age of 40 years. The early harvest at Lafite began with Cabernet Sauvignon on September 3rd and finished on September 21st (about a month earlier than... 80% cabernet sauvignon and 20% merlot from vines with an average age of 40 years. The early harvest at Lafite began with Cabernet Sauvignon on September 3rd and finished on September 21st (about a month earlier than 2010). Very dark ruby in color with a deep ruby rim. Classy and exquisite notes of Asian spices dark chocolate raspberry coulis and hints of lead pencil and fresh roasted coffee. Medium bodied on the palate with well-integrated tannins and balanced acidity. The oak is fairly apparent but not obtrusive. The wine's highlight is its long complex and silky finish. The most balanced of all the First Growths in this vintage showing an alluring elegance but certainly not the power of the 2010.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2011

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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.

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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.