Château Lafite Rothschild, 2003

Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

Château Lafite Rothschild, 2003

Pauillac, Bordeaux, France




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Grape Varietes: Cabernet Sauvignon 86%, Merlot 9%, Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot 5% Wine Style: Left Bank Bordeaux Winemaker: Charles Chevallier Optimum Drinking: 2017-2025 Reviewer Rating: 100 Reviewer: Robert Parker Code: 109567 Alcohol: 12.5%
Estate Notes

Château Lafite Rothschild is considered the most feminine and seductive of the first growths and under the direction of Baron Eric de Rothschild and management of Charles Cuvelier it has become the more consistent of Bordeaux's first growths. 

Lafite earned its reputation in the late 17th century when Jacques de Segur planted on a commercial scale. Within a century, Lafite had an international following, including Thomas Jefferson whilst serving as Ambassador at the Versailles Court. Baron James de Rothschild bought Lafite in 1868 and, with the exception of WWII, it has been under the control of the Rothschild family since. 

The château is built upon the fine gravel soils and sand of the Haut-Médoc, comprising three major vineyard sites: the hillsides around the château, those adjacent to the Carruades plateau and neighbouring Saint-Estèphe.


"The 2003 Lafite Rothschild comes as close to perfection as any of the great Lafites made over the past three decades (1982, 1986, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010). This sensational effort came in at 12.7% natural alcohol, it is made in the style of one of this estate’s great classics, the 1959...a dense ruby/purple color to the rim along with a luxurious bouquet of cedarwood, lead pencil shaving, white chocolate, cocoa and cassis. Fat, rich, opulent and full-bodied with low acidity and stunning seductiveness and complexity, this noble wine possesses a bountiful, generous, heady style. It is just coming into its plateau of maturity where it should hold for 20-25 years. This is one of the candidates for the wine of the vintage – make no mistake about that. " Robert Parker

"Spicy and rich, with a tobacco and berry character on the nose and palate I love the nose. Full bodied, with soft velvety tannins that give you so much. This goes on and on. Sexy and exciting right now, but leave this for five or six years." James Suckling

"This is a splendid wine. Yes, it is more powerful than the usual aristocratic Lafites, but it still manages to retain a special air of great elegance and presence. The fruits are black, the tannins immensely powerful, the flavors are of black figs, dates, cocoa. At the end, there is a vibrant acidity that shows through, which promises a great life for this great wine." Wine Enthusiast