1981 Lafite-Rothschild 750ml

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1981 Lafite-Rothschild
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Bordeaux Book(1998) | 91

This wine is close to full maturity, but it is capable of holding for another two decades. It reveals the classic Lafite bouquet of red and black fruits, cedar, fruitcake, and tobacco-like aromas. In the mouth, this medium ruby/garnet-colored wine displays a delicacy of fruit and sweet attack, but subtle, well-defined flavors ranging from tobacco, cigar box, cedar, and fruitcake. This is a savory, soft Lafite-Rothschild that is pleasing to both the intellect and the palate.

Drink Dates: 1997-2018
Author: Robert Parker


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Wine Spectator | 88

Delicious, ripe and silky; solid Lafite. Tobacco and berry aromas and flavors. Has medium body with fine tannins and a medium finish.--The Bordeaux 50. Drink now.

Drink Dates: 1994+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 98
Author: PeterF
Tasted On: 02/19/2010
almost perfect
Score:
Author: TR
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 12/27/2009
Drank like a typical Lafite. Mellow wine and ready to drink. For my taste I would not wait much longer.
Score:
Author: metlaw
Trust Rating: 77
Tasted On: 12/01/1980

About This Producer


Chateau Lafite-Rothschild is one of the Bordeaux First Growths in Pauillac, and possesses a long history of exceptional quality. In the 17th century, the vineyards were owned by Alexandre de Segur, also proprietor of Chateau Latour. After the French revolution, the chateau was purchased by several Dutch merchants before the current owners, the Rothschild family, acquired it in 1868.

Chateau Lafite-Rothschild is one of the largest Medoc estates, producing 15,000 to 25,000 cases per year. The grand vin is composed primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon (up to 95%) with the balance divided between Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. 1994 and 1961 are exceptions, however, and consist of 99% and 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, respectively. Part of the estate's production goes to its second wine called Carruades de Lafite (previously names Moulin des Carruades) which is produced from up to 70% Cabernet, with a larger proportion of Merlot. The best vintages of Lafite include 1918, 1846, 1945, 1947, 1959, 1961, 1982, 1990, 2000, 2003, and 2005. Lafite has a balanced elegance supported by the structure of its tannins. It is both full-bodied and silky. Aromas include currant, leather, graphite and tobacco. As Lafite ages, it reveals more minerals, as well as almond, violet, and cedar.

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