Baron Eric de Rothschild
Lafite's light-bodied 1991 possesses moderate ruby color, a solid inner core of fruit, as well as potentially excessive tannin for its size and constitution. The wine exhibits Lafite's subtle personality with a leafy, tobacco, lead pencil nose intertwined with sweet aromas of cassis. Dry, austere, and lacking length, it should turn out to be a good representation of Lafite-Rothschild in this so-so year. Feb 1994, www.robertparker.com
A balanced, supple wine, with lovely blackberry, complex vanilla and ripe sweetness. James Suckling, Wine Spectator 1994
TASTING NOTES (AT BOTTLING):
This vintage is surprising in its quality and consistency. It has a fine colour and is very clean and direct, with a well-developed structure. The tannins are smooth, light but mature. Good, long finish.
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
History of the Domaine
If Lafite's first known reference dates back to 1234, with a Gombaud de Lafite, abbot of the Monastery of Vertheuil north of Pauillac, the existence of Lafite as a medieval Lordship is attested from the 14th century. The name Lafite comes from the Gascon "la hite", that is to say the hill. There were probably already vines on the property, but it was with the Ségur, in the 17th century, that the vineyard was structured and that Lafite's reputation as a major wine estate was established.
Jacques de Ségur is at the origin of the plantation of the Lafite vineyard, around 1670 and at the beginning of the years 1680. His son, Alexandre, extended the Chateau Lafite Rothschild domaine when he married the Latour heiress in 1695. Their son, Nicolas-Alexandre, built up the prestige and reputation of Lafite in the 18th century and it was popular at Versailles, as well as in Britain. When he died, Lafite passed through a number of hands and was sold at auction during the French Revolution, but the high quality was preserved, due to the skills of the vineyard managers, Joseph Goudal and his family.
Château Lafite was classified Premier cru in 1855. In 1868, Baron James de Rothschild bought the domaine at auction and it has remained in his family ever since. Quality is dictated by an exceptional terroir (a thick layer of gravel on marl, with a limestone subsoil) and also notably by the average age of the vines (over 40 years old), a low yield per hectare and very rigorous selection.
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, and some labels may not be perfect. If you have any queries, please just drop us an email or give us a call!
64% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon
13% alc vol
|Units of Alcohol per Bottle||9.8 units|
|Food Matching||Beef, lamb, game & poultry|
|Allergen Information||Contains sulphites|