Château Lafite Rothschild, 2001

Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

Château Lafite Rothschild, 2001

Pauillac, Bordeaux, France



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Grape Varietes: Cabernet Sauvignon 86.5%, Merlot 13.5% Wine Style: Left Bank Bordeaux Winemaker: Charles Chevallier Optimum Drinking: 2017-2020 Reviewer Rating: 96 Reviewer: Wine Spectator Code: 100334 Alcohol: 12.5%
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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.


“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.”