Chateau Lafite’s history is some of the oldest and most storied in all of wine. Jacques de Ségur was credited with the planting of the Lafite vineyard in the 1670s. The estate achieved wide popularity in the 1750s when it became the favorite wine of King Louis XV. A few years later, it earned the admiration of Thomas Jefferson who bought hundreds of bottles and even visited the estate.
Chateau Lafite Rothschild is one of only four classified first growths in Bordeaux who have earned the honor of displaying “1st er Cru” on their wines. The vintage rankings of the Universal Paris Exposition in 1855 officially gave Lafite the rating as “Leader among fine wines.” Just about every great vintage, they are one of a handful of Chateaus in all of Bordeaux that are must buys.
95 Points, Wine Spectator
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. Best after 2010.
94 Points, Robert Parker, Jr.
“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. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2025.”