Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1er Grand Cru Classe, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France 2001

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SKU
100334

“Slightly grainy tannins, more feminine than previous bottles with dark plum, blackberry, citrus fruit, a touch of dried apricot and a very precise finish. Superb.” Neal Martin

£740.00
Total £740.00
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Grape Blend Cabernet Sauvignon 86.5%, Merlot 13.5%
Optimum Drinking 2020-2050
Winemaker Charles Chevallier
Organic No
Reviewer Score 97
Reviewer Neal Martin
SKU 100334
ABV 13.00%

Château Lafite Rothschild's 2001 made the very best of an irregular Bordeaux vintage. By only using 43% of its crop, Lafite shows its dedication to fine wine and high standards rather than profit alone.

Such attention to quality has made Lafite the most consistent of first growths, and it just goes to show that great wine can be made in more tricky years. A fact that makes Lafite's 2001 a relatively great Bordeaux value for its lofty status.

But of course, not every grower can afford to declassify over half its crop, but still Lafite's devotion to producing the finest wines from environmentally friendly vineyard practices has to be applauded.

Visiting Lafite Rothschild is always a highlight of our annual Bordeaux field trip. Unlike certain other growths, Lafite Rothchild's wines always live up to its reputation, and it is the most consistent of first growths.

Lafite Rothschild is under the guidance of Baron Eric Rothschild and the down-to-earth winemaker Charles Chevalier (now succeeded by Eric Kohler), who have positioned Lafite Rothschild at the forefront of the Bordeaux wines. There is now little to no application of chemical fertilisers and very sparse use of organic fertiliser.

“The 2001 Lafite Rothschild has a quintessential bouquet for Lafite: very pure, almost understated at first. It then begins to open with briary, blackberry leaf, cedar and freshly rolled tobacco with subtle floral notes emerging after three of four minutes in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and it certainly shows more vitality than the 1985 served alongside. Slightly grainy tannins, more feminine than previous bottles with dark plum, blackberry, citrus fruit, a touch of dried apricot and a very precise finish. Superb.” Neal Martin

"The 2001 Lafite Rothschild has a quintessential bouquet for Lafite: very pure, almost understated at first. It then begins to open with briary, blackberry leaf, cedar and freshly rolled tobacco with subtle floral notes emerging after three of four minutes in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and it certainly shows more vitality than the 1985 served alongside. Slightly grainy tannins, more feminine than previous bottles with dark plum, blackberry, citrus fruit, a touch of dried apricot and a very precise finish. Superb." robertparker.com

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