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1961 Château Lafite Rothschild

  • 94 WS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52681-1961-750

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Tasted from magnum. A really good, suave example of Lafite from a vintage in which it often tastes harsh and unyielding with tannins. This bottle blends spicy, nutmeglike aromas with abundant fruit flavors and meaty undertones. It is plenty firm and tannic, but not overly so. The finish is exceptionally long, too.--1961 Bordeaux horizontal.
    Author: James Laube
  • Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 84

    This wine has a phenomenal reputation. However, I have now tasted the wine on eight separate occasions where I found it to be shockingly light, too acidic, disturbingly austere, and surprisingly ungenerous for a 1961. Moreover, recent tastings have suggested that the wine was clearly drying out. The color is light ruby with a brownish cast. The wine does have the penetrating ``cigar box'' Lafite bouquet, yet it seems shy, given the legendary status of this wine. Lacking the weight, concentration, and majesty of the great 1961s, this is a wine about which far too many writers have euphemistically said that it ``needed time,'' was ``elegant,'' or ``not properly understood,'' when they should have used the words overrated and disappointing. In the context of the vintage and the estate of Lafite-Rothschild, it represents an indifferent winemaking effort. Caveat emptor.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 84

    Author: miramont jp
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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 348 bottles owned
  • 102 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 84
    (Out of 102 collectors)