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Château Lafite-Rothschild 2009

Bordeaux - Pauillac - 1er Grand Cru Classé - Château Lafite-Rothschild

1st Grand Cru Classé in 1855.


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Stored in air-conditioned cellar
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Data sheets
Grape varieties
Merlot 17
Cabernet Sauvignon 82.5%
Petit Verdot 0.5%
Château Lafite-Rothschild

Château Lafite-Rothschild

It's impossible to talk about the great wines of the Médoc without mentioning Château Lafite-Rothschild. A Domaine steeped in history, whose reputation and prestige are matched only by the legendary wines born there.

Ancient medieval seigneury, it was under Jacques de Ségur, from a family of Bordeaux parliamentarians, that the first vines were planted in the 1670's. The wine gradually acquired an excellent reputation thanks to technical progress, at the royal court of Versailles but also across the Channel with the expansion of trade with England. Then in 1787, Thomas Jefferson, US ambassador to France at the time, praised it in his travel notes.

The Château Lafite was promoted to the rank of Ier Grand Cru Classé in 1855 on the occasion of the Paris Universal Exhibition, a distinction it shares with the Château Latour, Château Haut-Brion and Château Margaux, as well as the Château Mouton Rothschild since 1973.

The subsequent rise of Château Lafite owes much to the Rothschild family, with Baron James de Rothschild acquiring the estate in 1868 and attaching his name to it from that date. When Baron Eric took over the reins in 1974, everything was gradually put in place with the aim of modernizing and improving performance, in order to reveal the exceptional potential of the terroir. Today, his... See more ...

Critics Château Lafite-Rothschild 2009.

Robert Parker
James Suckling
Wine Spectator
Jancis Robinson
Vinous - A. Galloni
La Revue du Vin de France

Description Château Lafite-Rothschild 2009.

A vintage of perfection in the Bordeaux vineyards, 2009 benefited from the right climatic conditions for the elaboration of great red wines. Following a wet spring, good weather and dryness settled in during the whole summer period. The alternation of warm days and cool nights in September and October allowed a slow and complete maturation of the different grape varieties, giving them an exceptional oenological quality, with concentration and aromatic freshness.

Blend of the 2009 vintage: 82.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 0.5% Petit Verdot.

The color is a very dark red, almost black, with beautiful ruby highlights.

The nose offers a magnificent and very complex bouquet of ripe red fruits, black cherry, licorice and Zan, supported by spices and a subtle toasted woodiness.

The attack is elegant and silky, revealing a finely chiseled tannic structure that gives the wine volume and precision. It evolves in the middle of the mouth on an almost creamy texture, with flavors of black fruits, spices and truffle. The finish is long, refined and very fresh. A very great vintage from Lafite Rothschild.

Food and wine pairing:

Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2009 will go wonderfully with a Chateaubriand with a truffle sauce, a rack of lamb from the Clavisy farm, a filet of duckling with the scent of autumn, saddle of rabbit cooked at low temperature or a veal mignon with cardamom.

For a pairing with cheese, choose uncooked pressed cheeses: Edam, Gouda, Saint-nectaire, morbier, Tomme de Savoie or Salers.

For dessert, it will be exquisite with an Opéra cake, Yann Couvreur's Caribbean entremets or a Grand Cru chocolate tartlet.

Ageing potential and tasting:

Château Lafite Rothschild 2009 is the archetypal great Pauillac for aging, which can be kept for several more years in the cellar. Its peak will be reached between 2035 and 2040.

However, it can be wonderfully enjoyed today. To do so, take care to place the bottle the night before in the serving room at a room temperature between 15 and 18°C. Open it and decant it ideally 6 to 7 hours before tasting.

The bottles should be kept in the cellar, protected from light, lying down, at an optimal hygrometric degree of 70%.