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2007 Lafite Rothschild

By Chateau Lafite Rothschild

2007 Lafite Rothschild from Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux

Embarking on a journey through the exceptional offerings of Bordeaux, one invariably alights upon the 2007 Lafite Rothschild from Chateau Lafite Rothschild—a vintage that reflects a season of contrasts and meticulous craftsmanship. The year 2007 offered challenges in Pauillac, with weather patterns leading to diligent vineyard management and selective harvesting to ensure quality over quantity.


Harvesting Elegance Amidst Climatic Intrigue

The 2007 vintage emerged from an unorthodox climate that commenced with a mild winter and experienced an early bloom. Yet, it was the damp summer that induced ardent vigilance amongst the vintners. Precise care was leveraged to counteract the capricious temperaments of the weather, solidifying a reputation for deft adaptation under Chateau Lafite Rothschild's esteemed stewardship.


The Exemplar of Investment-Worthy Vintages

Intrinsically linked with fine wine investment, this revered vintage from Chateau Lafite Rothschild presents an intriguing prospect for connoisseurs and investors alike. The 2007 incarnation is a masterful dialogue between varietal and vintage, exhibiting the essential attributes for successful maturation. It boasts a bouquet wherein dark fruits interlace with subtler earthy undertones and a touch of graphite—a nod to the Pauillac terroir's flagship compel.

Upon degustation, one appreciates the 2007's sophisticated tannic structure; not overwhelming, but rather woven into the fabric of the wine's complex character. The finish is extended and harmoniously aligned with its medium-bodied poise, suggesting an impressive potential for longevity in the cellar.

Intelligent acquisition of the 2007 Lafite Rothschild as part of a diversified portfolio assures both enjoyment and appreciation in value. While being one of the more approachable scenarios in terms of investment entry points, it balances finesse with fortitude—an investment-worthy virtue that continues to captivate.


Concluding Reflections on a Pauillac Prodigy

Dateless in its charm yet distinct to its season, this vintage is a testament to the diligence exerted at Chateau Lafite Rothschild. The 2007 Lafite Rothschild presents itself as an enchanting narrative written across time—its lineage preserved in every bottle, and its future secure in the annals of astute wine portfolios. One finds themselves not merely investing in a mere bottle of Bordeaux but aligning with a living piece of vinous artistry destined to unveil further complexity for years to come.

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A candidate for the wine of the vintage, the 2007 Lafite Rothschild (84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot) reveals classic Lafite aromas of graphite, unsmoked cigar tobacco, black currants, cherries, and a hint of truffles. The complex aromatics are followed by a round, medium to full-bodied wine with silky tannins, an overall subtle smoky component, and a rich, round, generous, plump finish. Already evolved and delicious, it should continue to drink well for two decades.

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #188 April 2010


Tasted at BI Wine & Spirits' 10-Years-On tasting, the 2007 Lafite-Rothschild has an elegant cigar box bouquet, with dusky black fruit and a touch of antique bureau—just classic Lafite. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, cedar and tobacco infusing the black fruit, classic in style with a conservative yet focused finish that lingers in the mouth. This is certainly the most subtle First Growth, but one of the most refined too—a sophisticated but understated Lafite-Rothschild that will age with discrete style. Tasted February 2017.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 30 June 2017


Tasted blind at the 2007 Bordeaux horizontal in Southwold. The Lafite-Rothschild 2007 pips the First Growths under blind conditions. Here it has a stern nose, good definition and more herbaceous than the others, but perhaps more clarity and dare I say, a sense of what you might call “honesty”. The palate is well balanced with fine tannins, good acidity, touches of cooked meat and Chinese 5-spice (the irony!), although I wish it had a little more complexity towards the finish that seems. But it is very elegant and refined with a dark chocolate-tinged finish. Classy. Tasted January 2011.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Nov 2011

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