Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2015
2015 Bordeaux Future Pre-Sale Offer, Pauillac

Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2015
Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Bordeaux Red Blends
Appellation
Bordeaux
Vineyard Designation
Paulliac 1st Growth
Alcohol %
13
Wine Enthusiast
97
Robert Parker
96
2015 Bordeaux Future Pre-Sale Offer - Pauillac
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1st Growth

Decantor: The Lafite violets come to the fore, providing finely polished elegance to the palate. It seems discreet but the cellar master says 2015 is the most ‘concentrated’ Lafite they have made. This will show as it matures. 96 Points

 

Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Bordeaux Red Blends
Appellation
Bordeaux
Vineyard Designation
Paulliac 1st Growth
Alcohol %
13
Wine Enthusiast
97
Robert Parker
96
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Wine Enthusiast - "Almost entirely Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a seriously structured wine. It has dense tannins that dominate the potential fruits with their firm, never hard touch. The fresh character of the fruits is just beginning to show in a wine that will develop slowly. Barrel Sample: 95-97 Points"
Ratings
The Wine Advocate - "The 2015 Lafite-Rothschild is a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot picked between 17 September and 6 October. Matured in 100% new oak, it has a tightly-wound bouquet with black cherries, cassis, cedar and graphite, though it does not quite possess the depth one would have expected the vintage would have bestowed. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, harmonious on the entry and with the oak neatly integrated. There is a very fine grip towards the finish, which has a tangible spicy edge - white pepper with a touch of bay leaf and enough pencil lead to fill a stationery set. The aftertaste is extremely long here, more than a minute when I timed it on my watch. It is an excellent Lafite-Rothschild in the making and it often "finds its voice" only after bottling, so it could ultimately end with a higher score. Barrel Sample: 94-96 Points"
Awards
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "A dramatic, ample Lafite, the 2015 is also arrestingly beautiful and vivid. Expressive floral notes give the dark red and black flavors gorgeous aromatic lift. Today, the new oak is a bit pronounced, but otherwise, this is an exceptional wine. Rose petal, lavender, mint and purplish stone fruits add the last shades of detail. Barrel Sample: 94-97 Points"
Vineyard Notes
On an exceptional terroir, the 112 hectares of vineyards are biased to Cabernet Sauvignon, a strong proportion (between 80% and 95%) compared to neighboring raw. Under the leadership of director Charles Chevallier, Eric Kohler in the technical direction, the field practice a strict selection: over 50% of the crop is often left out of the great wine. The vinification is followed by the winemaker Eric Boissenot.
Winemaker Notes
The nose is closed at first, then the fruit is expressed, with a slightly dominant woodiness. On the palate, the texture is tight and dense. Then the heart of the wine comes through, with solid, compact balance. Very dense finish, and yet the tannins are "almost light and airy"! Great length with long, lingering flavors.
Production
Lafite vintages sign her by a tight tannic structure and extremely refined aromas of cedar, graphite and spices. Its aging potential is breathtaking: more than fifty years in some vintages.
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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