Lafite Rothschild 2012

Cult Wines Price: £2,550.00 / 6x75cl
Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, 2012

Tasting Notes Lafite Rothschild 2012

94

This is beautiful for the vintage. Full body and very tender with fine tannins and a pretty finish. Attractive currant, cedar, and sweet tobacco character. More delicate than the 2011.

James Suckling
jamessuckling.com, April 4th 2013
94

The classically styled 2012 exhibits attractive elegance, medium body and outstanding concentration, but not the complexity and depth or prodigious qualities of many other recent Lafites. It is a relatively soft, spicy effort displaying notes of crushed rocks, white chocolate, black currants and graphite. It should be drinkable in 5-8 years and last for two decades. Charles Chevalier was candid in saying that the tropical heat wave, along with the poor flowering resulted in intense labor in the vineyard and during the harvest where triage was the operative word, and had to be done thoroughly and consistently. The 2012 Lafite Rothschild, a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.5% Merlot and 0.5% Petit Verdot, was the result of a harvest that took place between September 28 and October 9 for the Merlot, October 9-16 for the Cabernet Sauvignon. The small amount of Cabernet Franc included in the Carruades de Lafite was harvested on October 11 - 12. Only 38% of the production made it into the grand vin. If the 2012 fills out completely it could turn out similar to the 1998 Lafite.

Robert Parker Jr
Wine Advocate #206
(92-95)

The classically styled 2012 exhibits attractive elegance, medium body and outstanding concentration, but not the complexity and depth or prodigious qualities of many other recent Lafites. It is a relatively soft, spicy effort displaying notes of crushed rocks, white chocolate, black currants and graphite. It should be drinkable in 5-8 years and last for two decades. Charles Chevalier was candid in saying that the tropical heat wave, along with the poor flowering resulted in intense labor in the vineyard and during the harvest where triage was the operative word, and had to be done thoroughly and consistently. The 2012 Lafite Rothschild, a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.5% Merlot and 0.5% Petit Verdot, was the result of a harvest that took place between September 28 and October 9 for the Merlot, October 9-16 for the Cabernet Sauvignon. The small amount of Cabernet Franc included in the Carruades de Lafite was harvested on October 11 - 12. Only 38% of the production made it into the grand vin. If the 2012 fills out completely it could turn out similar to the 1998 Lafite.

Robert Parker Jr
Wine Advocate #206
92-94

Tasted en primeur at the chateau. The Grand Vin was picked between 28th September (with the Merlot) and 16th October (with the Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot) and is a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.5% Merlot and a pinch of Petit Verdot. It has a fragrant pencil lead bouquet with small dark cherries and brambly blackberry fruit. The definition is very fine with moderate intensity. The palate is more convincing than the aromatics at this point with fully ripe, quite tensile tannins and very good cohesion. Naturally it does not have the weight of a top Lafite vintage, although the focus is impressive. There is a nascent femininity about this Lafite and it might show much better after bottling. Tasted April 2013.

Neal Martin
Wine Journal May 2013

Lafite Rothschild Pricing

Wine Vintage Producer Market price Unit size
Lafite Rothschild 2017 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £4,900.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2016 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £6,100.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2016 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £3,200.00 6x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2015 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £5,455.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2015 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £2,800.00 6x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2014 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £4,700.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2014 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £2,450.00 6x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2013 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £5,000.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2013 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £2,530.00 6x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2012 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £5,000.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2012 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £2,550.00 6x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2011 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £4,975.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2010 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £7,250.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2009 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £7,200.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2008 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £7,444.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2007 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £6,400.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2006 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £6,370.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2005 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £7,600.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2004 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £6,380.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2003 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £9,000.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2002 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £6,500.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2001 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £6,650.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2000 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £13,400.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 1999 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £6,530.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 1998 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £7,400.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 1997 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £6,800.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 1996 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £9,600.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 1996 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £866.25 1x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 1995 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £7,350.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 1990 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £7,800.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 1989 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £7,493.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 1986 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £11,780.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 1986 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £950.00 1x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 1982 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £37,500.00 12x75cl