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2019 Château Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac

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16.07.20 Update: Limited availability at second tranche price of £2700 IB per six, please enquire.

Château Lafite-Rothschild has become the first of the First Growths to release their 2019 vintage this week, with potentially perfect scores and at £2,556 per six bottles in bond, 15% below the 2018 release price. 

Any release of this wine is an event.  As well as en primeur, we specialise in historic vintages and in most weeks we provide condition reports on vintages of this wine from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and later decades...the phrase 'liquid history' is very apt.  The trade and critics are still assessing the ageing potential of the 2019, but Lisa Perotti-Brown MW is impressed by the tannins which she describes as 'unmistakably Lafite' (97-99 points), whilst James Suckling describes them as 'integrated and endless', predicting a potentially perfect score with a barrel range of 99-100 points.

This release price compares well with current market prices of £3,200 for the 2018 and £3,000 for the 2016, but when we factor in the reduced volume in 2019 - just 50% of the normal quantity released - the price seems even more reasonable. 

This leaves the issue of allocations.  We have extremely limited stock available, so do please let us know as soon as possible if you like to order and we will do our best for you.

Offered En Primeur, landing Spring 2022.

 

Château Lafite-Rothschild, 1er Cru Classé Pauillac

Producer Profile

Château Lafite-Rothschild, 1er Cru Classé Pauillac

Château Lafite-Rothschild is a Premier Cru Classé Pauillac, consistently responsible for producing some of the world's finest red wines over the last two centuries.  The first known reference toLafite dates to 1234, when it was owned by Gombaud de Lafite, abbot of the Vertheuil Monastery to the north of Pauillac. The name Lafite comes from the Gascon  “la hite”, which means “hillock”.  The Ségur family owned the vineyard in the 17th century, with Jacques de Ségur credited with planting the vineyard in the 1670s and 80s. In 1695, Jacques de Ségur’s heir, Alexandre, married the heiress of Château Latour, who gave birth to Nicolas-Alexandre de Ségur. 

Lafite established its reputation in London in the 1700s.  Amongst its followers was Robert Walpole, who purchased a barrel every three months.  Subsequently, its reputation grew in France, particularly at the court of Versailles.  This was largely due to the efforts of Nicolas-Alexandre de Ségur, who became known as 'the wine prince', with Lafite itself becoming known as 'the king's wine'.   Famously, Thomas Jefferson also became a loyal customer during his stint as US ambassador to France.

Now owned by Domaines Baron Rothschild, Lafite's technical director is Eric Kohler.  From 2021, Lafite will be introducing more bio-diversity to the estate, pulling up 3 ha of vines to allow for more hedgerows and margins.  Not an insubstantial commitment, when you consider that the land price is circa €2 million per hectare!

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