Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru – 2000

  • Ready 2011 - 2036
  •  96/100
  •  France > Bordeaux > Médoc > Pauillac

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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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Vinous
Tasted: 11/01/2017
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Author: Antonio Galloni


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Robert Parker
Tasted: 01/06/2010
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Since I gave this wine a perfect score, I suppose some could see this as a downgrade. I found everything still there for a perfect rating, but I was just struck by how tight and backward the wine was. A blend of 93.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, the wine still has a dark ruby/purple color and an extraordinarily youthful nose of graphite, black currants, sweet,...

...unsmoked cigar tobacco, and flowers. The wine is rich, medium to full-bodied, but has that ethereal elegance and purity that is always Lafite. I originally predicted that it would first reach maturity in 2011, but I would push that back by 5-7 years now, although it has 50-60 years of life in front of it. Owners of this beauty are probably best advised to forget it for 5 years. Tasted next to a 1996 several days after the 2000 tasting, the 1996, which is a perfect wine, was far closer to full maturity than the 2000.


Robert Parker
Tasted: 01/04/2003
Drink: 2011-2050


Well, well, well - Lafite Rothschild does it again. Ever since manager Charles Chevalier was transferred from his beloved Sauternes property of Rieussec (also owned by the Rothschilds) to Lafite in 1994, there has been a succession of profound wines to emerge from this noble estate. The 2000 Lafite Rothschild, a blend of 93.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6.7% Merlot (only 36% of...

...the crop made the grade) has an opaque ruby/purple color, followed by an extraordinary aromatic expression of liquid minerals/stones interwoven with the tell-tale graphite notes, mulberry, black currants, caramel, and tobacco. In the mouth, it is remarkably light on its feet, but somehow seems to pack intense flavors into layer upon layer of fruit and richness that cascade over the palate. A compelling wine, with extraordinary precision, great intensity, and a seamlessness in spite of what are obviously elevated levels of tannin, this wine was provocatively open and beautiful when tasted in January and February, but I am sure it will soon close down. The finish lasted a whopping 72 seconds! This is utterly fascinating stuff. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2050.



JancisRobinson.com
Tasted: 16/10/2007
Drink: 2012-2029


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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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Case size Tax status bid offer Recent
1x300cl IB £ 3,795 £ 4,200
12x75cl IB £ 12,310 £ 12,900 £ 12,900
6x75cl IB £ 6,300

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