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Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1er Grand Cru Classe, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France 2000

Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1er Grand Cru Classe, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France 2000

REVIEWS:
5

5 out of 5

PRODUCER:
Chateau Lafite Rothschild

SIZE:
750ML

TYPE:
RED WINE

CRITIC SCORE:
98/100

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Product Information

COUNTRY:

France

GRAPE:

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

REGION:

Bordeaux, Pauillac

DRINKING
WINDOW:

2009 - 2050

VINTAGE:

2000

ABV:

13.0%

SKU: 100191 Category: Tags: , , , ,

Description

Château Lafite Rothschild 2000 took full advantage of the great 2000 Bordeaux vintage – earning a 100-point Wine Spectator rating.

Visiting Lafite Rothschild is always a highlight of our annual Bordeaux field trip. Unlike certain other growths, Lafite Rothchild’s fine red wines always live up to its reputation, and it is the most consistent of first growths.

Lafite Rothschild is under the guidance of Baron Eric Rothschild and the down-to-earth winemaker Charles Chevalier (now succeeded by Eric Kohler), who have positioned Lafite Rothschild at the forefront of the Bordeaux wines. There is now little to no application of chemical fertilisers and very sparse use of organic fertiliser.

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CRITIC REVIEWS

CRITIC SCORE:
98/100

Since I gave this wine a perfect score, I suppose some could see this as a downgrade. I found everything still there for a perfect rating, but I was just struck by how tight and backward the wine was. A blend of 93.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, the wine still has a dark ruby/purple color and an extraordinarily youthful nose of graphite, black currants, sweet, unsmoked cigar tobacco, and flowers. The wine is rich, medium to full-bodied, but has that ethereal elegance and purity that is always Lafite. I originally predicted that it would first reach maturity in 2011, but I would push that back by 5-7 years now, although it has 50-60 years of life in front of it. Owners of this beauty are probably best advised to forget it for 5 years. Tasted next to a 1996 several days after the 2000 tasting, the 1996, which is a perfect wine, was far closer to full maturity than the 2000.
98+/100 - Robert Parker Jr