Lafite Rothschild 2018

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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, 2018

Tasting Notes Lafite Rothschild 2018

99-100

A very compact and linear Lafite with a fantastic mouthfeel of intense but ever so refined tannins that draw a straight line through the middle of the wine. It’s full-bodied yet compact with complex character of plums, blackcurrants, cigar tobacco, cedar and hints of hazelnuts and coffee. Salty. Orange zest at the end. Delicacy with power. Richness with softness. Glamorous. Lasts for minutes at the finish.

James Suckling
jamessuckling.com - April 2019
99

This is silky and delicious and juicy, not something you can often say about a Lafite En Primeur sample but before you even get close to tasting the wine you can feel the layers building. It has the precision, the freshness and the sense of effortless elegance that Lafite always conveys with lots of power and depth, deep black fruits on the nose and a mix of spices from rosemary to saffron on the palate. Is it better than the 2016? It’s hard to say at this stage but it certainly feels its equal, although differently constructed and unlikely to take as long to come around - think 10 rather than 14 years before reaching its drinking window. It's worth adding that very few wines have been so unmarked by the extremes of the vintage, or as technical director Eric Kohler puts it; 'Even after 25 years of working at Lafite I continue to be full of admiration for this terroir. Other plots that we own reacted to the heat at times, but Lafite just kept sailing on as usual'. The harvest took place between 17 September and 5 October, with a yield of 40hl/ha. 40% of the production went into the grand vin. 3.75pH which is classic for them. 74IPT. 98-100 points.

Jane Anson
Decanter - April 2019
98-100

The 2018 Lafite Rothschild is blended of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.5% Merlot and 0.5% Petit Verdot and has 13.3% alcohol. The Merlot was harvested September 17-24, the Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested September 25 to October 5, and the Cabernet Franc was harvested on September 24. It has a deep purple-black color and then WOW—what a nose. It comes sashaying out of the glass with bags of grace and perfume, revealing notions of lilacs, red roses, fragrant soil, cinnamon stick and Morello cherries with a core of blackcurrant cordial, fresh black plums, redcurrant jelly and tapenade plus a waft of iron ore. Medium-bodied, the palate has wonderful, tightly wound layers of black, red and blue fruits intermingled with floral, earth and mineral notions and a rock-solid frame of the most finely pixelated tannins you can possibly imagine. Anyone who wants to see what I mean when I babble about the Lafite tannins needs to try this benchmark. The finish goes on, and on, and on. If this wine doesn’t get Bordeaux lovers hearts' racing, nothing will.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown
The Wine Advocate, 23rd April 2019
93-96

The 2018 Lafite-Rothschild is creamy, sensual and inviting, with lovely purity of fruit and impeccable balance. Dark cherry, plum, licorice and spice are some of the many nuances that develop. Time in the glass brings out striking aromatic depth and overall persistence. Although an undeniably attractive wine, the 2018 does not appear to have the sheer pedigree of the very best wines in this vintage. None of the three samples I tasted were as impressive as I had hoped for. Perhaps I had bad luck. Time will tell. The blend is 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.5% Merlot and 0.5% Petit Verdot.

Antonio Galloni
Vinous - April 2019

Lafite Rothschild Pricing

Wine Vintage Producer Market price Unit size
Lafite Rothschild 2018 Chateau Lafite Rothschild POA 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2017 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £4,740.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2017 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £2,493.50 6x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2016 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £6,000.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2016 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £3,100.00 6x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2015 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £5,300.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2015 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £2,900.00 6x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2014 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £4,850.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2014 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £2,450.00 6x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2013 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £4,950.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2013 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £2,500.00 6x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2012 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £5,000.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2012 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £2,625.00 6x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2011 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £5,000.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2010 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £7,770.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2010 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £3,800.00 6x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2009 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £7,300.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2008 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £7,560.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2007 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £6,479.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2006 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £6,400.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2005 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £7,250.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2004 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £6,400.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2003 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £9,300.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2002 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £6,552.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2001 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £6,600.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2000 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £13,568.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 1999 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £7,002.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 1998 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £7,350.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 1997 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £6,780.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 1996 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £9,300.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 1996 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £866.25 1x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 1995 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £7,200.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 1990 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £7,730.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 1989 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £7,300.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 1986 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £11,650.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 1982 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £37,500.00 12x75cl