2004 Lafite-Rothschild 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


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.

Drink Dates: 2009-2039
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 171

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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.

Drink Dates: 2012+
Author: James Suckling


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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: Issue 132

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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.

Drink Dates: 2025-2038
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: Brown Steven
Trust Rating: 74
Tasted On: 06/28/2010
1 x 12 wood case

Rating: 95
Author: dave1161
Trust Rating: 13
Tasted On: 12/24/2008

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Rating: 95
Author: riffmaker
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 08/29/2010

Rating: 94
Author: Brad Coelho
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/18/2008
Drink Dates: 04/01/2008
Site Blog: Unidentified Appellation 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.

Rating: 90
Author: Wang Chong
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 02/20/2011

Average rating: 93, based on 9 reviews
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3969 bottles owned by 590 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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