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The Guide to Château Lafite Rothschild

It's a premier grand cru classé, just like Chateau Margaux, Château Latour, Château Mouton Rothschild and Château Haut-Brion. Château Lafite-Rothschild is the one nicknamed "La jeune fille de Pauillac" because of the finesse it expresses.


  • The wine estate

The Château Lafite Rothschild is one of the most renowned wine estates in the Médoc. Owned by Baron Eric de Rothschild, it is also one of the largest estates in the Médoc. The vines are located at the northern tip of the Pauillac appellation, just below the boundary with Saint-Estèphe. There is evidence of succession on this site as early as the 14th century and wine exports to the United Kingdom in the early 17th century. The current owners, the Rothschilds of the famous banking dynasty, bought the property in 1866, but it is a different family from the one that bought Château Mouton-Rothschild. For many years, the Rothschilds' control over Lafite was exercised at a distance, from the influence of Baron Philippe in Mouton. However, since the Second World War, the current owner, Eric de Rothschild, has changed the estate somewhat. He has launched a vast investment program in the vineyard and the cellar. With a largely gravel base, the vineyard is unsurprisingly dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon (71%), Merlot (25%), Cabernet Franc (3%) and Petit Verdot (1%). The grapes are hand-picked and vinified plot by plot. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats, after which the wine is poured into 100% new barrels for Lafite.

The volume of the great wine varies greatly depending on the vintage, but often represents less than half of the total harvest and generally does not exceed 20,000 cases. Since 1994, however, the estate has been under the control of Charles Chevallier, who has not only achieved an admirable level of consistency, but has also allowed truly brilliant wines to compete for the title of "Wine of the vintage".


  • The Wine


In style, Lafite wines are often described as having a fragrant elegance and finesse, contrasting with the more masculine power and structure of Latour or the more exotic and intense flavours of Mouton. What is certain, however, is that it represents at best a hedonistic experience for the consumer and has the ability to age, at least 50 years and often longer.


  • The Best Vintages of Lafite Rothschild

Find below some of the greatest vintages of the château. These great Pauillac wines have received excellent ratings from leading tasters such as Robert Parker and his team "The Wine Advocate", as well as the team "The Wine Spectator".

Great Lafite-Rothschild Years: 2003, 1996, 1986, 2009, 1959, 2018, 2016, 1870, 2017, 2010, 2015


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