2004 Lafite-Rothschild

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / PAUILLAC
  • 95 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 90 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend

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SKU: 52681-2004-750-0
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($168-$230) Medium ruby-red. Scented nose offers plum, mocha, licorice, graphite, flowers and tobacco. Suave, silky and fine-grained, with lovely inner-mouth aromatic character and energy. Perfumed flavors of redcurrant, minerals and cedar. Finishes very long and firm, with terrific grip for this mostly gentle vintage.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2007
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    [CS 90.5%, M 9%, PV 0.5%. Picking here was over by 14 oct, considerably earlier than at, say, Latour and Margaux.] Excellent depth of purplish crimson. Something quite sweetly aromatic on the nose ? violets? vanilla? Rather more solid than I would have expected from Lafite in a year like this. Definitely earth-bound. Very solid, and lower in acidity than I would expect. While, unlike Mouton, it?s obviously Pauillac, it?s less obviously Lafite than in some other years. Very dry finish. Very correct but reticent.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Intense aromas of currant, coffee, toasty oak and sweet tobacco follow through to a full-bodied palate, with velvety tannins, great mouthfeel and a long finish. A refined Lafite. 22,080 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    This beautiful, stunningly dense purple-colored effort (includes about 90% Cabernet Sauvignon) offers up precise notes of graphite, black cherries, cassis, scorched earth, and minerals. Medium to full-bodied with fabulous fruit, impressive richness, refreshing acidity, and sweet tannin, this beauty should be approachable in 4-5 years, and last for three decades. As Lafite Rothschilds go, this is somewhat of a sleeper vintage.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: dave1161
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: riffmaker
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: Wang Chong
  • Self | Rating:

    1 x 12 wood case
    Author: Brown Steven
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Attractive, almost black in color. A little closed at first, followed aromas of black currant, lead pencil, giving way to a core of dark fruit and loam later in the decanter. So structured and delicious. Balanced, integrated and worth sampling every few years as it matures.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2025+
    Author: Miguel L
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Elegant and classically polished in pure Lafite style. The scents of crushed berries, sweet tobacco, spice box and cedar had a lovely lift to bring great introduction to the palate. Although this is not a blockbuster of a wine, it is silky, refined, well rounded and a presentation of perfect proportion. Like a ballerina in Swan Lake that simply can'tbe imitated, nor can the strength be measured in size. Commendable.
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
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.

See other similar producers:Chateau Mouton Rothschild,Chateau Petrus,Chateau Cos D'Estournel
Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 3559 bottles owned
  • 318 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 318 collectors)