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One of the world’s great reds and a consistent and superlative performer throughout the mid- to late 1990s. Exceptional wines have been produced since 1996. However, all has not always been rosy here and 20 or so years ago the quality was much more uneven. The vineyard is planted to some 100 ha of Cabernet Sauvignon (75%), Merlot (20%), Cabernet Franc (4%) and Petit Verdot (a mere 1%). A minimum of 15–20 years is required to achieve a harmony between the formidable, powerful tannins and the intense and fragrantly rich cedar and cassis fruit. 1982 marked a real turning point in the quality of the wine and other years of particular note are 1986, 88, 90 and 96. The 53 and 59 were both superb but surprisingly 61 failed to achieve the high quality of that year. Latterly, 2000, 03, 05, 08, 09 and 10 have produced top quality but the chateau has been a model of consistency for the whole decade. The second wine, Les Carruades de Lafite-Rothschild, is very impressive for a second label.

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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, Pauillac, France
Type Wine
Les Carruades de Lafite Pauillac
Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru
Type Wine
Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru - 2008
12x75cl - 1 case(s)
Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru - 2003
12x75cl - 1 case(s)
Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru - 1996
6x75cl - 2 case(s)
Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru - 2008
3x75cl - 1 case(s)
Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru - 2000
6x75cl - 1 case(s)
Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru - 2014
6x75cl - 1 case(s)
Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru - 2010
12x75cl - 1 case(s)
Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru - 2000
1x300cl - 1 case(s)
Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru - 2011
6x75cl - 1 case(s)
Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru - 2016
6x75cl - 1 case(s)
Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru - 2009
12x75cl - 1 case(s)
Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru - 2004
12x75cl - 1 case(s)
Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru - 2009
12x75cl - 1 case(s)
Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru - 2010
6x75cl - 1 case(s)
Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru - 1998
12x75cl - 2 case(s)
Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru - 2002
1x75cl - 1 case(s)
Type Wine
Type Wine
Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru - 2010
Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru - 2017
Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru - 1959
Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru - 2009
Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru - 2016
Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru - 1858
Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru - 2000
Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru - 2005
Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru - 2015
Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru - 1982
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