2003 Lafite-Rothschild 750ml

France - Bordeaux - Pauillac | First Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
2003 Lafite-Rothschild

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International Wine Cellar | 93(+?)?

($339-$500) Full red-ruby color. Captivating aromas of cassis, cherry, tobacco, mocha, coffee and leather, with a complicating element of dried oregano and thyme. At once silky and penetrating in the mouth, with very firm acids for the vintage giving shape and thrust to the dense flavors of currant, tobacco and iodine. Finishes with broad, dusty tannins and superb persistence. Although this appears to be built for two or three decades of life in bottle, I miss the primary fruit character and the mineral and floral high notes of the more classic vintages of this wine.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Wine Advocate | 100

The 2003 Lafite Rothschild comes as close to perfection as any of the great Lafites made over the past three decades (1982, 1986, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010). This sensational effort came in at 12.7% natural alcohol, it is made in the style of one of this estate's great classics, the 1959. Composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it exhibits a dense ruby/purple color to the rim along with a luxurious bouquet of cedarwood, lead pencil shaving, white chocolate, cocoa and cassis. Fat, rich, opulent and full-bodied with low acidity and stunning seductiveness and complexity, this noble wine possesses a bountiful, generous, heady style. It is just coming into its plateau of maturity where it should hold for 20-25 years. This is one of the candidates for the wine of the vintage - make no mistake about that.

Drink Dates: 2014-2039
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 214

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Wine Spectator | 96

Subtle, complex aromas of berries, licorice and currants. Full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long finish. Very well-integrated wine. Lovely stuff. Wonderful length and finesse. 20,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2012+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 100
Author: Bob
Tasted On: 06/12/2013
Score: 96
Author: David Li
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 07/15/2012
Score: 100
Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 07/07/2010
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Score: 100
Author: winefolio
Trust Rating: 81
Tasted On: 03/04/2009
Score: 100
Author: JP
Trust Rating: 83
Tasted On: 12/29/2008
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