100 Points - James Suckling "Even stronger and more toned than the excellent 2015, this Lafite shows incredible power yet also finesse. Full-bodied, superfine and chewy wine. Muscular yet agile. Goes on for minutes. Stunning. Perhaps the greatest Lafite since the legendary 1959?"
Zalto Denk-Art Bordeaux Glass
The Zalto Bordeaux glass is recommended for weightier style reds, probably our most widely used glass when tasting in house, this glass is great for many different wines. The large bowl helping aerate and soften tannins whilst accentuating the wine's depth and concentration. The Bordeaux glass is the ideal choice for Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Bordeaux or Rhône style blends and many other red wines. Surprisingly, it is also the glass of choice for oaked Chardonnay, the shape of the bowl accentuating the balance of ripe fruits and oak.
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”. Maréchal de Richelieu (1755)
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.
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