CHATEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD - PAUILLAC - 2016
Château Lafite Rothschild, owned by the
Rothschild family for five generations, was acquired by Baron James de
Rothschild in 1868. In France, Lafite soon became known as the "King's
wine", after being introduced to the Court at Versailles by Maréchal
Richelieu. The classification of the Grands Crus Classés, prepared on the 1855
Universal Exhibition in Paris, officially ranked Château Lafite Rothschild as
the "Premier des Premiers".
The 110 hectare vineyard consists of three main areas: the slopes around the Château, the adjacent Carruades plateau to the west and a 4.5 hectare plot in the neighbouring commune of Saint Estèphe. The vines are planted in well-drained and well-exposed soil made up of fine, deep gravel, mixed with aeolian sand on a subsoil of tertiary limestone. The average age of the vines is 45 years for the Grand Vin; the oldest plot, "La Gravière", was planted in 1886.
Beautiful dark red colour with almost black glints in the glass. The wine is bright and clear. Very dark. The nose is still very closed, but all the signs of tremendous aromatic potential are present: the depth, complexity and the already perfectly integrated oak from the barrel ageing. Some classic notes of violet, but all still very contained. On the palate the attack is very soft and silky. Then gradually, maintaining the same softness, the wine fills the mouth with enormous length, to the point that one wonders how long it can continue! The mid-palate is perfectly balanced. It is very dense with tight tannins that are still very delicate. The wine has remarkable persistence and fullness on the palate, it does not reveal the slightest imbalance or weakness. Everything is there to guarantee a great futureGrape varieties
92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot.