Château Lafite-Rothschild 2014
• Domaine: Château Lafite-Rothschild
• A.O.C.: Pauillac
• Classification: First Growth, 1èr Grand Cru Classé in 1855
Wine Notes: Château Lafite-Rothschild is now considered one of the greatest Bordeaux wine estates. It was originally simply known as Château Lafite when listed among the Premier Grand Cru Classé in 1855. Lafite, comes from Gascon term "la hite", which meant "small hill". On 8 August 1868, Baron James Mayer Rothschild purchased the property for 4.4 million francs, and it became known as Château Lafite Rothschild. During his term as the ambassador to France, Thomas Jefferson visited this estate and became a lifelong customer.
"The 2014 Lafite-Rothschild, tasted with head winemaker Eric Kohler, has retained that very opulent and outgoing bouquet that dare I say actually reminded me of Mouton-Rothschild. There are layers of blackberry and boysenberry fruit, still that hint of juniper berry, certainly a more extrovert Lafite-Rothschild compared to recent vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, very focused and quite linear, again with plenty of black fruit laced with cedar and tobacco. It begins to clam up towards the saline finish, suggesting that it will need several years in bottle, but I still have high expectations for this First Growth once afforded several years in bottle." - Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (3/31/2017, Interim Issue), Ratings: 95, Drink: 2024-2045