2017 Château Lafite-Rothschild, 1er Cru Pauillac

There's a classic Cabernet nose of liquorice, cassis and dark stones, with a fresh lift of green pepper and red fruit. It's silky on the palate with fine tannins, elegant and energetic over the long finish.

Critic score
97.5/100

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WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Pauillac, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    96% Cabernet Sauvignon
    3.5% Merlot
    0.5% Petit Verdot
  • Maturity
    Young 2022 - 2040
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Classification
    Premier Cru
2017 Château Lafite-Rothschild, 1er Cru Pauillac

TASTING NOTES

This is very tight and tannic with lots of blackcurrant and sweet-tobacco character. Firm and powerful tannin texture sets this up for a long and chewy finish, yet it remains very compact and polished. It's a wine that possesses all the hallmarks of Lafite — everything from flavors to structure.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2018)
(97—98)/100
Château Lafite-Rothschild

Château Lafite is surely one of the most evocative and sought-after names in the fine wine world, coveted for its finesse and ability to age for half a century or more.

The estate is ideally situated on the northern edge of Pauillac an appellation in the Médoc notable for containing two of the four wines classified as First Growths in 1855. Wine has been made here for significantly longer, with records dating back to the 13th century, even Thomas Jefferson stocked his cellars with Château Lafite.

Today, still owned by the Rothschild family. Lafite owns one of the largest parcels of vines in the region – around 107 hectares. The majority is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (70%), followed by Merlot (25%) and then much smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc (3%) and Petit Verdot (2%). Lafite also makes a much-loved second wine, Carruades de Lafite.

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