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2019 Lafite Rothschild

By Chateau Lafite Rothschild

2019 Lafite Rothschild from Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux

Venerated as one of the supreme quintessentials from Pauillac, the 2019 Lafite Rothschild from Chateau Lafite Rothschild encapsulates the very essence of an outstanding vintage in Bordeaux. For connoisseurs and investors alike, the vintage represents a culmination of skilled viticulture accentuated by optimum climatic conditions which have bestowed upon this offering a character that is unmistakably promising.

 

A Vintage Marked by Grace and Precision

The 2019 growing season was marked by its dichotomy—started with unseasonable warmth leading into a temperate summer, permitting the grapes to achieve perfect phenolic maturity with commendable balance; qualities that are distinctly reflected in the wine. The gravelly soils of Lafite's terroir have conjured deep, complex aromas where nuanced floral notes mingle effortlessly with dark fruit undertones and subtle hints of tobacco and cedar. This synthesis is Lafite Rothschild’s exemplary testament to harmony between land and craft.

 

Tasting Notes: A Tapestry Woven with Elegance

On the palate, the 2019 Lafite Rothschild delivers with finesse—a balanced act between structure and silkiness. The tannins, already supple yet assertive, suggest a potential for longevity that could transform any investment portfolio. A foundation of blackcurrant and graphite transitions into a layered mid-palette experience, giving way to a finish that lingers poetically—a profound expression from this heralded estate.

The 2019 vintage proves to be one which gracefully marries the immediacy of fruit vibrancy with the promise of future complexity; an attribute that elevates it within an investor's cache. Its poised evolution will continue to unfold like the finest literary chronicle—each page revealing nuances previously concealed, each chapter garnering anticipation for the next.

 

Concluding Reflections on a Laudable Investment

In summary, this marvellous creation from Chateau Lafite Rothschild stands as one of the foremost embodiments of the Pauillac appellation’s prestige. Touted for both its immediate allure and future maturation, it is a cornerstone addition to any collection or investment portfolio. The 2019 Lafite Rothschild beckons with its siren call—one that promises enrichment both sensorial and monetarily in due course.

Current market price

$9,610.00

12x75cl

Highest score

98

POP score

321.11

Scores and tasting notes

97-99

The 2019 Lafite Rothschild is a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot, harvested from the 19th of September to the 7th of October. Deep garnet-purple in color, it rolls effortlessly out of the glass with compelling notions of baked black cherries, ripe blackberries and crème de cassis followed by hints of mocha, licorice, smoked meats and Sichuan pepper with a waft of eucalyptus. Medium-bodied, the palate is at once ethereally graceful and powerfully intense, featuring layer upon layer of profound smoky, savory flavors and decadently ripe fruit, framed by exquisite, silt-like tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with epic length. In terms of flavor profile, this is a surprisingly (atypically) hedonic, forward expression, with notably lower acidity/higher pH (the pH is 3.9). The alcohol is 13.4%, just a tick higher than the 2018 (13.3%). And yet, the tannins here are unmistakably Lafite, featuring all the tannic grace, finesse and densely pixilated poise fans will expect. What an exciting paradox for the palate—bravo!

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 5 June 2020

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