Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2011
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Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2011
Wine Specs
Vintage
2011
Varietal
Bordeaux Red Blends
Appellation
Bordeaux
Vineyard Designation
Paulliac 1st Growth
Alcohol %
13
Wine Spectator
94
Wine Enthusiast
96
Robert Parker
93
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Wine Specs
Vintage
2011
Varietal
Bordeaux Red Blends
Appellation
Bordeaux
Vineyard Designation
Paulliac 1st Growth
Alcohol %
13
Wine Spectator
94
Wine Enthusiast
96
Robert Parker
93
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This delivers pronounced tobacco and bay leaf notes up front, with a core of steeped plum and currant fruit and a fleshy edge through the charcoal-lined finish. There's some serious buried minerality, which should emerge with cellaring. Wine Spectator 94 Points
Ratings
The wine shows the power typical of a Lafite but within the context of the fruity 2011 vintage. The immensely dense tannic structure gives the wine a solid feel that is lifted by so much ripe black currant and berry fruits. At the back, the wine has a more brooding, dark character that suggests great aging potential. Drink this wine from 2019. 96 Points Wine Enthusiast
Awards
A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot (harvested between September 3-21), the 2011 Lafite Rothschild came in at 12.6% natural alcohol (considerably lower than in 2010 and 2009). Exhibiting a deep ruby/purple color, lots of crushed rock, red and black currant, forest floor and underbrush characteristics, moderate tannin and medium body, it is built somewhat along the lines of the 1999 and 2001. It should be a 20- to 25-year wine, but it is not at the level of the 2008, 2009 and 2010. Fresh acids give the wine a somewhat more clipped feeling than most great Lafites have exhibited. Nevertheless, there is a lot of freshness and vibrancy to this vintage. Wine Advocate 93 Points
Winemaker Notes
Intense, deep crimson color. Dense nose, aromas of red and black fruit, boxwood and spicy notes. Very dense on the palate with fine intensity. Very complex finish. Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot
Other Notes
Chateau Lafite Rothschild is perhaps the most famous wine label in the world. The estate achieved wide popularity in the 1750s when it became the favorite wine of King Louis XV. Thomas Jefferson was also a steadfast customer and even visited the estate. In 1868, Baron James de Rothschild became the owner of Lafite. He was a born dilettante, and it suited him to be the master of what, in 1855, was classified as first among the great wines of M├ędoc. Today, Baron Eric de Rothschild presides over this most famous Bordeaux estate.
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