Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2016

Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2016

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The first mention of the name Lafite, in reference to the estate in Pauillac, was in 1234. At that time Gombaud de Lafite was the abbot of the Vertheuil Monastary. During the 14th century, it was a mid evil fief. Although there may have been some vineyards on the property, In the 16th century, the Segur family is credited with beginning the property as a wine making estate. Jacques Segur planted vineyards in the 1670s and 1680s. In 1695, his heir married the heiress to Chateau Latour. Their son was Nicholas Alexandre de Segur, who is referred to as the Prince of Vines. He controlled Chateau Lafite, Chateau Latour, Chazteau Calon Segur and Chateau Mouton. The final member of the Segur family to own Lafite was Nicolas Pierre de Pichard. e lost his head in the French Revolution and in 1797, Chateau Lafite was sold to Jean de Witt. He had a very short tenure as owner, selling to 3 Dutch partners. The Rothschild era began in 1686 when Baron James de Rothschild purchased the vineyard. The Rothschild family still owns the property.

The 112 hectare vineyard of Chateau Lafite Rothschild is planted to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

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Wine Advocate: 98
The 2016 Lafite-Rothschild is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Merlot picked from 23 September until 12 October with the Cabernet Sauvignon (and unused Petit Verdot). It has 13.3% alcohol, a pH of 3.65 and the IPT of 74. Matured in 100% new oak, it has a fresh and vibrant bouquet whilst retaining the classicism of this First Growth. This is more subtle than Mouton-Rothschild or Latour, which is always the case at en primeur, yet there is a brooding intensity that draws you in as it unveils some gorgeous blackberry and graphite aromas. The palate is just superb. This has more density, more vigor, more depth and you could even argue more ambition than the 2015 Lafite-Rothschild showed last year. It gently grips the mouth with unerring focus and symmetry, just a touch of spiciness developing with a long, saline finish that lingers two minutes after the wine has departed. Lafite-Rothschild always develops and meliorates in barrel during its levage and I suspect this will ultimately turn out to be a regal Lafite-Rothschild.
Decanter: 100
An awesome Lafite, this is elegant to a fault. It has the classicism of the very best vintages, and the pulse of electricity that runs through it is clear from the first moment you taste it. You are absolutely in Pauillac here, the epitome of what the left bank can deliver in terms of elegance and density: menthol edged tobacco, charcoal and cassis with both a subtlety and an intensity at once. It totally expands through the palate and pulls itself out, stretching out in front of you. It's a serious wine, but seamless. Concentrated, pure and fresh, everything is in its place. The blend this year is 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Merlot. Harvest took place between 23rd September and 12th October.
Wine Enthusiast: 100
Potentially an 100 point wine, this is a dense, serious and impressive selection. There is a classical structure to this wine, with dark tannins and acidity working in tandem. At the same time, the wine has immense, opulent fruits that are a characteristic of this vintage. Its a wine that will last for many generations.
Vinous: 98
The 2016 Lafite-Rothschild is polished, silky and captivatingly beautiful. There is a level of precision to the flavors that is simply mind-blowing. Even so, the 2016 remains ethereal and light on its feet, with all the grace of a ballerina. I imagine the 2016 will develop into a stunning wine once it comes together a bit more fully. Even so, it is striking today.
James Suckling: 100
Even stronger and more toned than the excellent 2015, this Lafite shows incredible power yet also finesse. Full-bodied, superfine and chewy wine. Muscular yet agile. Goes on for minutes. Stunning. Perhaps the greatest Lafite since the legendary 1959?