2015 Château Lafite-Rothschild, 1er Cru Pauillac

Quite a cassisy, ripe nose with complexity given by graphite and spice notes leads onto a structured palated with super-fine tannins and a really fresh mouthfeel. Indeed, it is the coolness that stands out, giving this concentrated, deep wine a refreshing edge. A very impressive Lafite.

Critic score
96/100

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WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Pauillac, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    91% Cabernet Sauvignon
    9% Merlot
  • Maturity
    Young 2025 - 2050
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Classification
    Premier Cru
2015 Château Lafite-Rothschild, 1er Cru Pauillac

TASTING NOTES

Lustrous mid crimson. Lightly spicy nose and very smooth tannins in the Lafite style. Only just enough acidity. Blurry impression. Mild and charming - very restrained and Lafite. It builds on the end in an impressive manner.

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (April 2016)
18/20
Decanter (April 2016)
96/100

A dramatic, ample Lafite, the 2015 is also arrestingly beautiful and vivid. Expressive floral notes give the dark red and black flavors gorgeous aromatic lift. Today, the new oak is a bit pronounced, but otherwise, this is an exceptional wine. Rose petal, lavender, mint and purplish stone fruits add the last shades of detail.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (April 2016)
94—97/100

The 2015 Lafite-Rothschild is a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot picked between 17 September and 6 October. Matured in 100% new oak, it has a tightly-wound bouquet with black cherries, cassis, cedar and graphite, though it does not quite possess the depth one would have expected the vintage would have bestowed. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, harmonious on the entry and with the oak neatly integrated. There is a very fine grip towards the finish, which has a tangible spicy edge - white pepper with a touch of bay leaf and enough pencil lead to fill a stationery set. The aftertaste is extremely long here, more than a minute when I timed it on my watch. It is an excellent Lafite-Rothschild in the making and it often "finds its voice" only after bottling, so it could ultimately end with a higher score.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (April 2016)
94—96/100

Here is a Lafite with lots of muscle and tone. Very tannic and velvety textured.. Full body, fresh acidity and a bright finish. Shows a tenderness at the end. Gorgeous.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2016)
97—98/100