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1985 Château Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac, 1er Cru Classé

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1985 Château Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac, 1er Cru Classé
1985 Château Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac, 1er Cru Classé
1985 Château Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac, 1er Cru Classé
1985 Château Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac, 1er Cru Classé
1985 Château Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac, 1er Cru Classé
1985 Château Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac, 1er Cru Classé
1985 Château Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac, 1er Cru Classé
1985 Château Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac, 1er Cru Classé
1985 Château Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac, 1er Cru Classé
1985 Château Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac, 1er Cru Classé
1985 Château Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac, 1er Cru Classé
1985 Château Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac, 1er Cru Classé
"I discovered that the wine of Château Lafite is a generous cordial, delicious and comparable to the ambrosia of the Gods of Olympus"
Marshal of Richelieu (1755)

Tasting Notes

90 points Robert Parker

"The 1985 Lafite is revealing more class and complexity than I predicted. A moderately intense, cedary, woody, herb and berry-scented bouquet is attractive. The wine is open-knit and ripe, with fine tannins, sweet, medium-bodied, mineral, and cassis-scented flavors, fine depth, and a graceful, harmonious feel. It is beginning to blossom and appears to possess more depth and character than I had thought." (08/93) 90 points Wine Spectator: "A graceful wine with cedar, berry and cherry aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a succulent, sweet fruit finish." (09/96)

18/20 points Jancis Robinson

"Finally, an ideal harvest offering a vintage of great quality and surprisingly abundant. Second in the trio of vintages served blind at the 150th-anniversary celebration. Very impressive and absolutely at its peak. Juicy and mineral with a sweet, rich nose. Neat and well balanced with no excess of tannins. Really lively. Firm, salty and savoury. This is one of those Lafites that dances on the palate. Great balance. Bravo!  Drink 2000-2030. (JR)  (5/2018)

Vintage

The 1985 vintage signals a return to excellent quality. The same weather conditions as in 1982, i.e. continuous sunshine from July to September, produced similar results: grapes with thick skins, with condensed, supple tannins and intense aromas. These grapes have produced full-bodied, velvety wines, with complex bouquets, possibly even more elegant than the 1982 vintage. Ideal weather in September made 1985 an exceptional vintage, even recalling the Médoc’s fabulous wines of 1953.

Vineyards

Chateau Lafite Rothschild is one of the most renowned properties in the Médoc. Owned by Baron Eric de Rothschild and located in the north of the Pauillac appellation, Lafite Rothschild is also one of the largest Médoc estates. It has 95 hectares of vineyards planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (70%), Merlot (20%) and Cabernet Franc (10%). Lafite Rothschild's vineyards lie on deep gravel beds (up to 5 metres thick) over marl and limestone. Annual production tops 35,000 cases, although a third of this consists of the second wine called Carruades de Lafite.

Of all the Médoc Grand Crus, Lafite Rothschild can be the most beguiling and difficult to understand. It is never the most powerful, yet, along with Margaux, possesses the most exquisite bouquet of any Médoc wine. It has the elegance, balance and harmony that epitomises claret at its very best.

“Lafite has a soul, a beautiful soul, tender and generous. Lafite turns the earth into a dream. Lafite is harmony, harmony between nature and man because, without our wonderful winegrowers, nothing would be done ”.
Baron Eric de Rothschild

Please Note

A collector's item! We believe this wine to be wonderful - however, as with all aged wines, it comes with a 'Buyers be aware' clause. Unfortunately, the label on this wine is slightly damaged (please see close up image of label above) however, the wine we believe to be sensational. If you have any queries, please just drop us an email or give us a call!

Specifications

Year 1985
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar

65% Cabernet Sauvignon,  25% Merlot, 10 % Cabernet Franc

Country France
Alcohol content
13% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 9.8 units
Type Red Blend
Food Matching Lamb, Veal, Soft & Fine Game (Deer, Quail)
Cellaring Potential 2020 - 2030 (Jancis Robinson)
Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Origin Bordeaux
Appellation Pauillac