2000 Lafite-Rothschild 750ml

France - Bordeaux - Pauillac | First Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
2000 Lafite-Rothschild

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International Wine Cellar | 96

($350-$475) Full medium ruby. Flamboyantly perfumed aromas of cassis, graphite and tobacco, lifted by a floral nuance and stony minerality. Very young and precise but not austere or forbidding. A remarkably rich, silky, seamless Lafite with superb vibrancy for the vintage. Tannins are noble and the aristocratic finishing flavors go on and on. I tasted this from a 375 ml. bottle, but from all reports this wine is equally approachable right now from a standard bottle. Has more sheer density than the beautiful 2001 and may well soon shut down in the bottle.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 108

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Jancis Robinson | 18.5

Dark ruby - same colour as Ch Margaux 2000. Very light - almost soapy - on the nose. Lots of chew and potential. Polished sinewy tanins but not nearly ready - however many bottles have already been drunk in China! Appetising but wait. Green notes at the moment. This has length and potential.

Drink Dates: 2015-2035
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 98+

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.

Drink Dates: 2015-2015
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 189

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Wine Spectator | 100

Subtle aromas of currants, leather, tobacco and cedar. Classic cigar box nose, with fruit. Full-bodied, with an amazing texture of silky, ripe tannins. This wine completely coats your palate, but caresses it at the same time. This is the best young Lafite ever made. A triumph. 18,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2012+
Author: James Suckling


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JamesSuckling.com | 100

The nose is fresh, bright, and dense. With aromas of violets, minerals, spices, cool stones, mint, dark fruits, and plum skins, this is beautiful. Very much still a baby right now, it needs much more time. This is a wine for the next generation. Finesse and elegance, truly a wine that makes you contemplate life. This is not about power, there is really nothing like it. 93% Cabernet Sauvignon. Do not even think about touching this for another ten years, 2020.

Drink Dates: 2020+
Author: James Suckling
Issue: February 23th, 2011

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Drink Dates: 2012-2048
Author: Vinfolio Team


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Score: 98
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
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Author: Wang Chong
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 10/30/2009
strong nosing,fruity, mineral. ruby. in decanter only 20', body to tight. should wait 1 hour or more. pity

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Author: Tallydoc
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 08/11/2010
Drink Dates: 2012-2050

0 of 1 people found this review useful.

Score: 100
Author: dave1161
Trust Rating: 14
Tasted On: 12/24/2008

0 of 3 people found this review useful.

Score: 100
Author: winefolio
Trust Rating: 81
Tasted On: 03/04/2009
Drink Dates: (11-50)

0 of 1 people found this review useful.

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