2015 Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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WE 100 JS 99 DC 97 JL 97 JD 96 WA 96 TWI 95 WS 95
WE 100

Wine Enthusiast, April 2018

Cellar Selection. This is a great vintage from Lafite. The profile is rich in feel, with a seriously firm tannic structure. Solid, complex and with great authority, this Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant wine, is impressively...
JS 99

jamessuckling.com, April 2021

Lead and graphite are complimented by notes of blueberries and blackberries. Blackcurrants, too. Full-bodied and focused with very round and polished tannins. Elegance with power. Very classic nature for Lafite. Try in 2022.
DC 97

Decanter, November 2018

The power in this vintage of Lafite is hidden, but it is there in spades and tiptoes up along the palate. Lovely brushed tannins are extremely well placed, discreetly holding the fruit. In many ways this is a truly...
JL 97

TheWineCellarInsider.com, October 2018

Lafite Rothschild is not a wine to imbibe in its youth. As a youngster, all the elements are there, the intense purity of fruit, the impossibly, silky textures, freshness that gives lift without ever feeling acidic. In...
JD 96

jebdunnuck.com, November 2017

The grand vin 2015 Lafite-Rothschild checks in as 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot that was brought all in 100% new oak. Director Eric Kohler (who replaced Charles Chevallier in 2015) told me the vintage...
WA 96

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2018

96+ The deep garnet-purple shaded 2015 Lafite Rothschild is blended of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot and was matured for 20 months in new oak barrels from Tonnellerie des Domaines (their own cooperage). It is...
TWI 95

The Wine Independent, November 2022

A blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot, the 2015 Lafite Rothschild has a medium to deep garnet color. It is a little subdued and broody to begin, soon unfurling to offer notes of kirsch, ripe blackberries, and...
WS 95

Wine Spectator, March 2018

Velvet- and silk-textured red currant, raspberry and black cherry compote notes glide through, supported by a perfectly embedded graphite spine, while enticing violet, black tea and alder accents add range through the...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2015
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13%
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.

### 2015 Lafite-Rothschild [Bordeaux Blend] 1500

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The 2015 Lafite-Rothschild is a Bordeaux blend primarily composed of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot. Originating from the renowned Pauillac sub-region in Bordeaux, France, this wine has been aged for 20 months in new oak barrels from Lafite-Rothschild's own cooperage.

This vintage has garnered significant praise from wine critics, with several reviewers rating it exceptionally high. Wine Enthusiast awarded it a perfect score of 100, calling it "a great vintage from Lafite" and highlighting its "seriously firm tannic structure" and "impressively dense in dark-fruit tones." They advise that it will age well and suggest drinking it from 2027, though they caution that even this might be too soon.

James Suckling gave the wine a near-perfect score of 99, noting its "elegance with power" and describing it as having "lead and graphite" complemented by "notes of blueberries and blackberries." He suggests trying it in 2022 but implies that it will benefit from further aging.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate rated it 96+, with Lisa Perrotti-Brown describing it as "compellingly earthy/minerally in the mouth" with "seductively silky yet very firm tannins." She lauds it as a "masterpiece of diligence in the vineyards, careful selection and very clever crafting."

Jeff Leve from TheWineCellarInsider.com scored it 97, emphasizing its "intense purity of fruit" and "impossibly silky textures." He notes that like all great vintages of Lafite, this one will take 15-20 years to reach its peak.

Jeb Dunnuck also gave it a 96, praising its "aristocratic, classy" nature and "textbook lead pencil shavings, tobacco, smoked herbs, and graphite." He suggests giving it 4-5 years of bottle age and enjoying it over the next 2-3 decades.

Vinous reviewers had a slightly varied perspective, with scores ranging from 95 to 96+. They noted the wine's "serious volume and textural resonance," but also its reluctance in aromatics at this stage. Neal Martin from Vinous described it as "refined and pure" with a "sense of vibrancy."

Decanter's Jane Anson awarded it 97, describing the wine as "understated and lyrical," while Wine Spectator rated it 95, noting its "velvet- and silk-textured" profile and "very refined and sneakily long" finish.

Overall, the 2015 Lafite-Rothschild is a highly acclaimed wine that promises great aging potential and complexity, making it a valuable addition to any wine collection.