1979 Lafite-Rothschild 750ml

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WS 92   Collector 90
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Fruity, deep and firm, filled with plum and cherry, backed by youthful, stiff tannins. Needs time for complexity to develop.--Lafite Rothschild vertical.

Drink Dates: 1995+
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 96
Author: Vivek M61
Trust Rating: 0
Tasted On: 09/14/2008
Drink Dates: 2008
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Rating: 88
Author: TheKid
Tasted On: 09/01/2008
Drink Dates: 1990-2004
Very muted nose and flavors; exhibits classic Bordeaux qualities and hints at deep complexity, but lacks strength. Seems well beyond its prime in late 2008.

Rating: 87
Author: Charles
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 03/01/2008
Drink Dates: 1995-2005
Black cherry, smoky, just about lost its fruit and a bit past its prime, astingit....perhaps a bad bottle, but you never know. I drank this along side of the 1979 Mouton which was far superior to this 1979 Lafite.

Average rating: 90, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

397 bottles owned by 147 collectors.

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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.

See other similar producers: Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Petrus, Chateau Cos D'Estournel

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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