Château Lafite Rothschild, 2005

Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

Château Lafite Rothschild, 2005

Pauillac, Bordeaux, France



  • Bottle
  • Case of 6


Grape Varietes: Cabernet Sauvignon 89%, Merlot 11% Wine Style: Left Bank Bordeaux Winemaker: Charles Chevallier Optimum Drinking: 2020-2060 Reviewer Rating: 98 Reviewer: Robert Parker Code: 101212 Alcohol: 12.5%
Estate Notes

Château Lafite Rothschild's 2005 comes from fruit grown in perfect conditions from one of the greatest ever Bordeaux vintages.

Visiting Lafite Rothschild is always a highlight of our Bordeaux field trips. Unlike certain other growths, Lafite Rothchild's wines always live up to its reputation (even in poor years), and it is the most consistent of first growths.

Lafite Rothschild's 2005 vintage was made under the guidance of Baron Eric Rothschild and the down-to-earth winemaker Charles Chevalier who has positioned Lafite Rothschild's 2005 at the forefront of this great Bordeaux vintage. There is little to no application of chemical fertilisers at this grand first growth château and very sparse use of organic fertiliser.


“A knockout nose combines black- and redcurrant, minerals, graphite, licorice and lavender. Wonderfully suave and seamless, but with great purity and precision of flavor and terrific inner-palate perfume and lift. This dances over every square millimeter of the palate. Almost painfully young today, with an impression of fresh acidity serving to intensify the wine's flavors. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and a whiplash of minerally perfume.” Stephen Tanzer

“Beautiful, elegant red, blue and black fruits (89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Merlot) as well as some graphite and spice notes jump from the glass of the 2005 Lafite Rothschild. Medium-bodied, with superb purity and texture, this is not a blockbuster by any means, but a meticulously made, lovely-textured Pauillac. Long and pure, this wine should drink well for 25-30 years. There is no danger in pulling the cork on it today.” Robert Parker