Since I gave this wine a perfect score, I suppose some could see this as a downgrade. I found everything still there for a perfect rating, but I was just struck by how tight and backward the wine was. A blend of 93.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, the wine still has a dark ruby/purple color and an extraordinarily youthful nose of graphite, black currants, sweet, unsmoked cigar tobacco, and flowers. The wine is rich, medium to full-bodied, but has that ethereal elegance and purity that is always Lafite. I originally predicted that it would first reach maturity in 2011, but I would push that back by 5-7 years now, although it has 50-60 years of life in front of it. Owners of this beauty are probably best advised to forget it for 5 years. Tasted next to a 1996 several days after the 2000 tasting, the 1996, which is a perfect wine, was far closer to full maturity than the 2000.
Robert Parker on Jun 1st, 2010
Château Lafite Rothschild, perhaps the most famous château in the world, is one of the four First Growth status châteaux in the 1855 Classification. It has been owned by the Rothschild family since the 19th century and is producer of one of the world’s most expensive red wines. The most famous of these was a bottle of 1787 sold at auction for $156,000, which was thought to have been owned by Thomas Jefferson. The Château is situated in Pauillac, on the left bank of the Gironde and the name Lafite derives from the Gascon term "la hite" meaning hillock or small hill. Prior to the Château being owned the Rothschild family, it was passed through a number of owners, until on the 8th August 1868 the Château was purchased by Baron James Mayer Rothschild for 4.4 million francs. Sadly, Rothschild died just three months after purchasing the château and it was inherited by his three sons Alphonse, Gustave, and Edmond. Château Lafite Rothschild has remained in the Rothschild family since, except for 5 years during the Second World War when the château was occupied by the German army and the cellars were pillaged. Since 1974 the Château has been managed by Éric de Rothschild, creating some of the most exceptional vintages, including 2000, 2003, 2005, 2009 and 2010. “I have discovered the wine of Château Lafite to be a delicious, generous cordial, comparable to the ambrosia of the Gods of Olympus”.
Bordeaux is not only the most famous wine producing region in France but in the world, with the most prestigious châteaux and wines in the industry. Its history dates back to the Roman times and today is the largest producing region of fine wines. Vineyards in Bordeaux are known by châteaux and therefore the name of each individual château is an important brand.
Many top wines are sold ‘En Primeur’ meaning that they are sold in the barrel prior to bottling. Almost 90% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red (called ‘Claret’ in the UK) from over 8,500 producers. The main reason for the success of the wine production in Bordeaux is the perfect combination of climate, with long hours of sunshine ideal for ripening the grapes and well-draining gravel soil. Appellations are an important part of the Bordeaux culture and the region has 54 appellations recognized by the AOC, the Appellation d’Origine Controlle.
Riedel Veritas Cabernet Merlot
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