1999 Lafite-Rothschild 750ml

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1999 Lafite-Rothschild

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International Wine Cellar | 92

Bright, deep ruby-red. Ripe, deep aromas of currant, flowers, coconut and mint. Firm and tight, with excellent cut and precision; brisk flavors of bitter cherry, berry skin and minerals. A slightly dry-edged midweight that's best today on the long, slow-building finish. Shows an intriguing late note of faded rose.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 102

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Jancis Robinson | 18

Transparent and lively. Fresh, appetising and already swallowable. So direct and frank! This is not one of Lafite's finest, most intense productions but it's well balanced and racy.

Drink Dates: 2010-2025
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 95

The 1999 Lafite Rothschild sports an engraved "1999" on the bottle along with an eclipse to mark that significant historical event of August, 1999. It is a quintessential offering from Lafite Rothschild. This prodigious wine is both elegant and intensely flavored, and almost diaphanous in its layers that unfold with no heaviness. An opaque ruby/purple color is accompanied by a complex bouquet of lead pencil, graphite, cedar, creme de cassis, toast, and vanilla. It is medium-bodied, with extravagant layers of richness yet little weight, and a finish that is all sweetness, ripeness, and harmony. This extraordinary Lafite increasingly appears to be a modern day clone of the majestic 1953. A mere one-third of the crop made it into the grand vin!

Drink Dates: 2007-2030
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 140

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Wine Spectator | 95

Complex aromas of blackberries, tobacco, spices and black licorice are alluring in this full-bodied claret, with a solid core of fruit and silky tannins. Long, caressing finish. Superfine, well-structured. 22,500 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2006+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 96
Author: David S515
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 10/06/2014
Score: 93
Author: Thaddeus Phoenix
Trust Rating: 94
Drink Dates: 2008-2030
Score: 90
Author: Wang Chong
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 03/25/2013
loosed body. just like a 40 years old beauty. the tannin is very smooth , with wood, mint,current taste.
Score: 95
Author: Butler wan
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 10/09/2010
Drink Dates: 2009-2030
Deep, dark ruby color. Lovely nose of graphite, spicy dark rasberries and sweet Lafite earth. Decanted for 5 hours and it needed every bit of it to fully open. Quite thickly textured with intense dark berry fruit and a wonderful minerality on the finish. Medium-to-full bodied with excellent richness and smooth, lead-pencil infused tannins.

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Score: 95
Author: gm
Trust Rating: 45
Tasted On: 06/13/2009
Drink Dates: 2007-2030

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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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