Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru – 2009

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  •  France > Bordeaux > Médoc > Pauillac

Wine Information

Region

France > Bordeaux > Médoc > Pauillac

Producer

Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Type

Red

Grape

Bordeaux Red Blend

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Vineyard

Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Producer

Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Appellation

Pauillac

Designation

AOP

Classification

Premier Cru

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Tasting notes

Robert Parker
Tasted: 01/02/2012
Drink: 2022-2072


The main reason the 2009 Lafite Rothschild did not receive a perfect score is because the wine has closed down slightly, but it is unquestionably another profound Lafite, their greatest wine since the amazing 2003. Among the most powerful Lafites ever made (it came in at 13.59% alcohol), the final blend was 82.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot. The...

...selection was incredibly severe with only 45% of the crop being utilized. A tight, but potentially gorgeous nose of graphite, black currants, licorice and camphor is followed by a full-bodied wine revealing the classic elegance, purity and delineated style of Lafite. It is phenomenally concentrated with softer tannins than the 2005, the 2003's voluptuous, broad, juicy personality, and low acidity. There are several vintages that I thought were a replay of their colossal 1959, most notably 1982 and 2003, but 2009 is also one to keep an eye on. It is still extremely youthful and seems slightly more backward than I would have guessed based on the barrel tastings, but it needs 10-15 years of bottle age, and should last for 50+.


Vinous
Tasted: 07/01/2012
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Author: Stephen Tanzer


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Robert Parker
Tasted: 01/04/2010
Drink: 2010-2110


The 2009 Lafite Rothschild is a candidate for "wine of the vintage." Although the 2003 was powerful (12.9% alcohol), the 2009 came in at 13.4% alcohol. It is a blend of 82.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot. Only 45% of the crop went into the grand vin, which may be the most concentrated Lafite I have ever tasted. There is not a hard edge to be found...

...in this inky/purple-colored wine displaying notes of charcoal, incense, black currants, and licorice. In the mouth, it represents a liqueur of black fruits offered in a remarkably full-bodied, incredibly elegant, lush style. Expansive, savory, staggeringly concentrated, and voluptuous as well as wonderfully precise with a hint of minerality, this sensational wine's technical numbers are off the charts. Is this a replay of the 1959? Although it will be surprisingly approachable in its youth, this is a 50-100-year wine. (Tasted once.)



JancisRobinson.com
Tasted: 14/02/2019
Drink: 2024-2050


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Profile

Area under vines: 112 hectares
Soils: fine deep gravel, mixed with aeolian sand on a subsoil of tertiary limestone
Average age of the vines: 38 years
Production: 15,000 to 20,000 cases a year
Ageing: 18 to 20 months in 100% new barrels

Grape varieties:
  • Cabernet Sauvignon 80 to 95%
  • Merlot 5 to 25%
  • Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot 0 to 5%
Vintage 1961: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage 1994: 99% Cabernet Sauvignon 1% Petit Verdot


Second wine: Carruades de Lafite

Average Annual Production: 20,000 to 30,000 Cases

Grape varieties:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon 50-70%
  • Merlot 30-50%
  • Cabernet Franc 0-5%

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Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Address

Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac, France

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12x75cl IB £ 6,500 £ 7,080 £ 7,100
6x75cl IB £ 3,550

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