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  • This is all about finesse and elegance
  • Combines silk and freshness in the mouth with length and purity
  • A very impressive Lafite

Tasting Notes

Colour Purple-Red
Nose A ripe nose with aromas of cassis and a complexity given by graphite and spice notes.
Palate The nose leads onto a well structured palate. It has a fresh mouthfeel and fine tannins. Although deep and concentrated, it has a refreshing edge.
Food Pairing Braised Lamb Shoulder with Fennel and Orange.
Cellaring 15 Plus Years
Notes A blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot.
Variety Cabernet Blend
Body Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2015
Region Pauillac
Country France
Sustainability None
Alcohol 13.5%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Cork
Chateau Lafite Rothschild
Since the 19th century, members of the Rothschild family have owned a winery in France named Château Lafite. Lafite comes from the Gascon term "la hite" meaning "small hill." Lafite began to earn its reputation as a great winemaking estate in the 17th Century and between 1732-1733, the Prime Minister of Great Britain, Robert Walpole, purchased a barrel of Lafite every three months. A 1787 Chateau Lafite bottle once thought to be owned by Thomas Jefferson was sold at an auction for $156,000, a record price for a bottle of wine.

The vineyard is one of the largest in the Médoc, covering 112 hectares and is well-drained and well-exposed. Vines are not used in the Grand Vin (Château Lafite Rothschild) if they are less than 10 years old. The average age of the vines used in the Grand Vin is close to 45 years. The soil is made up of fine deep gravel and mixed with aeolian sand on a subsoil of tertiary limestone. Around 35,000 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Peit Verdot are produced annually.
Wine writer Hugh Johnson once said 'If one had to single out one commune of Bordeaux to head the list, there would be no argument. It would be Pauillac'. Wines from Pauillac are known to be the quintessence of Bordeaux wines. Located on the left bank of Gironde, situated between Saint-Julien and Saint-Estephe, the village of Pauillac is the largest in the Médoc with a population of over 5,000. Spanning an area of 1,200 hectares, the grapes grown in the vineyards of this area are mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, but also includes blends of other grape types such as Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

The terroir of Pauillac differs more than that would be expected of such a relatively small area when compared to the other surrounding wine regions. Because of this, the winemakers of Pauillac have become very experienced in accentuating each of their own unique flavours in a bottle. The overall feel of the region is known to have a stark, blunt style with a dominating fruit flavour of black currant, along with hints of cedar-wood aromas.
James Suckling
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. 97-98 points.
Wine Enthusiast
Barrel Sample. Almost entirely Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a seriously structured wine. It has dense tannins that dominate the potential fruits with their firm, never hard touch. The fresh character of the fruits is just beginning to show in a wine that will develop slowly.
Antonio Galloni
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. 94-97 points.
Neal Martin
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. 94-96 points.
The Lafite violets come to the fore, providing finely polished elegance to the palate. It seems discreet but the cellar master says 2015 is the most ‘concentrated’ Lafite they have made. This will show as it matures. (Steven Spurrier)


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