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2006 Lafite Rothschild

By Chateau Lafite Rothschild

2006 Lafite Rothschild from Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux

The regal 2006 Lafite Rothschild from Chateau Lafite Rothschild stands as a paragon of Pauillac nobility, embodying the exquisite poise that aficionados have come to revere in this storied estate. A testament to a vintage that underscored both challenge and triumph, 2006 delivered a yield that married classical structure with an enigmatic whisper of modern complexity.


Refinement Amid Rigour: The 2006 Narrative

The narrative of the 2006 season was woven with climatic dichotomies—whilst the budding season encountered cool temperatures, it was later imbued with a warm summer, resulting in an extended ripening period that coaxed out nuanced flavours. This vintage's mercurial journey through 2006's weather patterns galvanised the Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blend to emerge with remarkable grace and layers of finesse.


A Harmonious Ensemble of Aristocratic Flavours

An opulent bouquet greets the connoisseur with subtle aromas of dark berries and entwined hints of cedar and graphite. On the palate, this 2006 Lafite Rothschild displays an elegant tannic backbone, buttressed by a chorus of blackcurrant, tobacco, and fine spices that crescendo into a long, satisfying finish. Though formidable in its youth, time has unfurled the tapestry of its complexities, revealing a wine that interlaces strength with silkiness—a hallmark of the Pauillac appellation.

This particular vintage exhibits an investment-worthy stability, and like a seasoned conductor leading an orchestra through a complex symphony, it commands both respect and admiration. The astute investor will identify in this 2006 Lafite Rothschild not only an element of enduring heritage from Chateau Lafite Rothschild but also an asset promising continued maturation and depth, much like its earlier venerated counterparts.


The Quintessence of Pauillac Expressed

In final judgment, one considers the 2006 Lafite Rothschild akin to a seasoned thespian who has mastered the artistry of performance—it enchants and captivates with effortless elegance. The strength and poise exhibited by this Pauillac stalwart suggest that those seeking to diversify their vinous holdings would do well to include such works of oenological artistry within their collections. A symphonic oligopoly of flavour awaits those fortunate enough to savour or invest in this exceptional offering from Bordeaux's revered terroir.

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One of the fabulous surprises, although I had suggested last year that it could jump in quality, of my tastings, the 2006 Lafite Rothschild is a great, great wine made from a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot. When I tasted it from barrel, it reminded me of their successful 1988, but it is dramatically superior to that vintage. Frankly, it may turn out to be as good as the 2005, which in all of Bordeaux is a far greater vintage than 2006. Lafite’s severe selection process (42% made it into the grand vin) resulted in a full-bodied wine boasting an extraordinary perfume of charcoal, truffles, lead pencil shavings, and sensationally sweet, ripe black currant and cedar notes. A wine of extraordinary intensity, texture, and depth with silky tannins as well as awesome concentration, this has turned out to be a remarkable Lafite Rothschild that should be drinkable much earlier than the 2005, but age for three decades. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2035+.

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #181 Feb 2009


Tasted at Hermitage Wines’ seminar in Hong Kong. The 2006 Lafite seems to have changed little from last year. That Cabernet Sauvignon continues to dominate the nose, less Margaux-like than before with lifted graphite and sous-bois aromas. The palate is in recluse at the moment, the fruit very tightly wound, but certainly beautifully balanced with a precise, slightly austere, masculine finish. This represents a very “sober” Lafite-Rothschild for drinking in another 10 to 15-years. Tasted November 2011.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jan 2012


Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London and then blind at Farr Vintners tasting. The 2006 Château Lafite-Rothschild offers impressive fruit intensity on the nose, although it does not have the precision of the 2006 Mouton-Rothschild. Red berry fruits intermingle with rose petals and sous-bois scents - very typical Lafite bouquet where less can be more. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and a keen line of acidity. It is certainly very well balanced with graphite-tinged black fruit, but whereas Mouton-Rothschild possesses that peacock's tail, Lafite remains linear. Nevertheless, the sophistication really comes through here. It is a Lafite-Rothschild that may spring a few surprises down the line, one of those wines that keeps drawing you back. Understated class. Tasted April 2016.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 29 May 2016

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