2021 Château Lafite-Rothschild, 1er Cru Pauillac

2021 Château Lafite-Rothschild, 1er Cru Pauillac

Tasted April 2022. From small yields, the 2021 from Lafite is full of a heady perfume of bramble and blackcurrant, petals, licquorice, white pepper and clove. Then there's incredible freshness with an appetising salinity and stony, graphite quality on the finish. This is a truly aristocratic wine, elegant, enveloping and full of tension. Impressive persistence, concentration and balance given the moderate 12.5% alcohol.

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Wine details

  • Region & country
    Pauillac, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Maturity
    Young 2028 - 2052info
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Classification
    Premier Cru

Tasting notes

A brilliant wine that shares some similarities with the formidable 1996, the 2021 Lafite Rothschild wafts from the glass with inviting aromas of dark berries, cigar box, loamy soil, black truffle and violets. Medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, it's rich and concentrated, with beautifully powdery tannins, lively acids and a long, saline finish. Of course, this isn't as dramatic as the 2020 or 2019 out of the gates, but the 2021 is a brilliant success in its own right. What's more, its structure and balance mean that it is likely to prove almost immortal. It's a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot, which is one of the all-time highest percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon chez Lafite.

William Kelley, Wine Advocate, Issue #260 (April 2022)
(95—97)/100

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