2002 Lafite-Rothschild 750ml

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WS 95   WA 94   IWC 92(+?)   JR 17.5   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

Bubbling over with crushed berries, currants and spices, with tobacco notes. Beautiful. Full-bodied, with gorgeously velvety tannins and a long finish of pretty fruit. This is a racy yet elegant Lafite. Classy. 16,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2010+
Author: James Suckling

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

A brilliant offering and a candidate for wine of the vintage, this is classic Lafite that reminded me somewhat of the 1976, although the vintage conditions were completely different. This is a medium-weight, quintessentially elegant style of Lafite with notes of lead pencil shavings/graphite along with black currants, plums, and crushed rocks/mineral. Wonderfully pure, dense, with a deep ruby/purple color and loads of fruit, definition, and a long finish, this is a brilliant, elegant Lafite Rothschild that builds incrementally in the mouth and has more power and density than it initially seems.

Drink Dates: 2008-2025
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 158

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92(+?)

($130-$175) Bright, dark ruby-red. Subdued but pure aromas of currant, plum, minerals, graphite, and sexy, coconutty oak; showed a floral note with aeration. Extremely suave, fine-grained and concentrated, with a strong spine of acidity. Finishes firmly tannic, subtle and very long. This should develop slowly.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17.5

Lively and racy and readable and Lafite-like? Racy with green-apples character and admirably long. This still seems to have been the most successful Pauillac first growth in this uncharming vintage. Perhaps because it is not too tough or dense? 

Drink Dates: 2011-2021
Author: Jancis Robinson

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: metlaw
Trust Rating: 78
Tasted On: 12/01/1980

Rating: 95
Author: dwilson
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/23/2006
Drink Dates: 2012-2030
Mute, firm, inexpressive. After several hours: rich, heady cassis concentrate note, little perceptible oak. The wine just swallowed the oak. Hint of heat; staggering finish.

Rating: 94
Author: dave1161
Trust Rating: 13
Tasted On: 12/24/2008

0 of 2 people found this review useful.

Rating: 94
Author: Toby Thomas
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 02/27/2010

Average rating: 92, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

6734 bottles owned by 1164 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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