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2009 Chateau LAFITE Rothschild Bordeaux Red Pauillac 1st Growth


$1,395.00

Size: 750ML


Remaining Stock:1 Bottle
Classification: Bordeaux, First Growth
Bottle Size:750ml
Style/Color:Red
Subregion:Pauillac, Left Bank
Varietal:Cabernet-Merlot-Petit Verdot Blend

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Winery Notes: A deep bouquet of dark fruit and liquorice. The palate is full-bodied and surprisingly expressive, but then becomes tighter, expressing power and exuberance. The youth of this Lafite does not hide its energy, but the distinctive elegance and complexity are already there!

The beginning of the growth cycle was a tricky period due to a rather warm, very wet spring. The team had to be particularly vigilant in order to protect the vines. Fine, stable weather returned in June and continued throughout the summer. In fact conditions became drought like, interspersed in July, August and September with welcome periods of light rain. Plenty of sunshine, with temperatures that were high without becoming scorching, and fairly cool nights enabled slow ripening that pushed the start of the harvests back to the end of September. Exceptionally favourable weather conditions, crowned by harvests in the sun, made for a vintage that is certain to be outstanding.

  • Model: 1HC9
  • Size: 750ML

JS

100

--James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, Feb/2012 The second you put your nose in the glass, you know that it is 100 points. The combination of sweet tobacco, fresh flowers, currants and sultanas on the nose leaves me breathless. Turns to cocoa powder and freshness. The palate re-enforces the show, with phenomenally polished tannins. Fabulous class. Could be a remake of the phenomenal 1959. Try in 2022. [100 Points!]


WA

99

--Robert Parker - Wine Advocate, Feb/2012 The main reason the 2009 Lafite Rothschild did not receive a perfect score is because the wine has closed down slightly, but it is unquestionably another profound Lafite, their greatest wine since the amazing 2003. Among the most powerful Lafites ever made (it came in at 13.59% alcohol), the final blend was 82.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot. The selection was incredibly severe with only 45% of the crop being utilized. A tight, but potentially gorgeous nose of graphite, black currants, licorice and camphor is followed by a full-bodied wine revealing the classic elegance, purity and delineated style of Lafite. It is phenomenally concentrated with softer tannins than the 2005, the 2003's voluptuous, broad, juicy personality, and low acidity. There are several vintages that I thought were a replay of their colossal 1959, most notably 1982 and 2003, but 2009 is also one to keep an eye on. It is still extremely youthful and seems slightly more backward than I would have guessed based on the barrel tastings, but it needs 10-15 years of bottle age, and should last for 50+. [99 Points!]


WS

98

--James Molesworth - Wine Spectator, Mar/2012 This is stunning for its ability to take massively endowed fig, currant paste and crushed plum fruit flavors and harness them with ultrasuave freshly roasted espresso, black tea and ganache notes. A seductive style, long and velvety, with the dense core of black fruit and smoldering iron just waiting and waiting. Best from 2020 through 2040.

[98 Points!]




Professional Reviewer
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Robert Parker's 'The Wine Advocate'
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Stephen Tanzer's 'International Wine Cellar'
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Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator Magazine
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Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast Magazine
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Allen Meadows 'Burghound' - Burghound.com
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Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine - cgcw.com
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Wine & Spirits - Wine & Spirits Magazine
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Antonio Galloni 'VINOUS' - Vinousmedia.com
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Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson.com
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