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2022 Château Lafite-Rothschild En Primeur

2022 Château Lafite-Rothschild En Primeur:  Release expected May 2023.


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Château Lafite-Rothschild, 1er Cru Classé Pauillac

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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 are 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!

RED 2022 Château Lafite 75cl £0 per case of 6 Château Lafite
2022 / / 75cl
£0 per case of 6
Tasting Notes"A blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot, the 2022 Lafite Rothschild unwinds in the glass with aromas of dark berries, cassis, sweet soils tones, cigar box and lilac. Medium to full-bodied, it's the most tensile of the first growths this year, with a layered, concentrated but youthfully introverted mid-palate, lively acids and a long, saline finish. It checks in at a rather high pH of 3.85, which belies its incisive profile, from a harvest that extended from August 31 to September 24. 95-97+ points" William Kelley,"A classical Lafite that reminds me of something like the 1986, with its blackcurrant and tobacco character with cedar and hazelnut, but it's so today with its purity and precision. It's really about being Lafite here. Terroir gives great elegance with strength. 99-100 points"

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