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2001 Lafite Rothschild

By Chateau Lafite Rothschild

2001 Lafite Rothschild from Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux

The 2001 vintage from the esteemed Chateau Lafite Rothschild offers a splendid testament to the transcendental quality of Pauillac's terroir. As we traverse through its two-decade tenure post-vintage, one can decipher the increasingly complex narrative etched within this noble claret.


A Study in Balance and Elegance

Much can be said about the 2001 Pauillac wines, an understated year that followed the much-acclaimed millennium vintage. Yet, it is precisely within this stoicism that the 2001 Lafite Rothschild crafts its identity. The year was less opulent than its predecessor but presented a terroir-driven nuance that has allowed for a graceful evolution over time. Yields were meticulously managed, leading to a concentration of flavours that remains an exceptional hallmark of this particular offering from Chateau Lafite Rothschild.


Time's Sculpting Hand on Lafite Rothschild

Tasting notes gathered over years bare witness to the impeccable structure of this vintage. Initially marked by firm tannins and a tight-knit palate, the intervening years have graced the 2001 Lafite Rothschild with a velvety transformation. Layers of dark cherry and cassis combine with earthy undertones and hints of cedar and graphite, suggesting an artwork of natural synthesis touched by human craftsmanship.

For investors, there is a significant allure; the vinous composition promises further intricate development for those who choose to afford it patience. Given its state of maturity, this vintage presents an opportune moment for those looking to introduce such a storied lineage into their collection.


A Vintage for the Discerning Collector

Whether approached as a potential asset or a crown jewel to be savoured, this 2001 vintage stands resolute among peers. Prime for contemplative degustation or grand repasts alike, it encapsulates what investors value in fine wine – pedigree, longevity, and the deft intertwining of subtlety with strength found amidst the vine rows of Pauillac’s revered terrain.

In summary, those seeking to diversify their portfolio will find in the 2001 Lafite Rothschild an embodiment of vinicultural elegance intertwined with investment acumen—a Pauillac urging discovery by both connoisseur and investor alike.

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Tasted at "The Sampler's" icon tasting in London. The 2001 Lafite Rothschild has a quintessential bouquet for Lafite: very pure, almost understated at first. It then begins to open with briary, blackberry leaf, cedar and freshly rolled tobacco with subtle floral notes emerging after three of four minutes in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and it certainly shows more vitality than the 1985 served alongside. Slightly grainy tannins, more feminine than previous bottles with dark plum, blackberry, citrus fruit, a touch of dried apricot and a very precise finish. Superb. Tasted December 2011.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Mar 2012


The 2001 Lafite Rothschild’s deep, saturated plum/purple color is accompanied by lead pencil liqueur-like notes intermixed with sweet red and black currants, plums, and cedar. This blend of 86.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13.5% Merlot is a classic example of Lafite. Extremely elegant, medium-bodied, with intense concentration, richness, and sweet tannin, it appears to be on a rapid evolutionary track, at least in comparison to recent Lafite vintages that have been far more backward and powerful. The classy 2001 should be at its finest between 2007-2020.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 29 June 2004

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