Château Lafite Rothschild, 2004

Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

Château Lafite Rothschild, 2004

Pauillac, Bordeaux, France



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Grape Varietes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot Wine Style: Left Bank Bordeaux Winemaker: Charles Chevallier Optimum Drinking: 2020-2050 Reviewer Rating: 95 Reviewer: Code: 101781 Alcohol: 12.5% Label Quality: Stained labels from original purple outer wrappers (not present); otherwise excellent.
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 2004 Lafite-Rothschild appears to be another late-bloomer in the sense that this 12-year-old bottle is the best I have tasted, implying an upward swing in quality. It has a wondrous bouquet, very sensual and pure with blackberry, graphite and cedar - all the hallmarks of Pauillac, delivered with great panache. It is more opulent than I recall. The palate is medium-bodied with silky tannins, pitch-perfect acidity and a beautiful structure. There is a regal sense to this Lafite, understated compared to the other First Growths and yet the persistence on the finish deserves a round of applause, especially in the context of the vintage. This is superb and could possibly turn out to be the pick of the Firsts."

"Intense aromas of currant, coffee, toasty oak and sweet tobacco follow through to a full-bodied palate, with velvety tannins, great mouthfeel and a long finish. A refined Lafite." Wine Spectator