Private Wine Dinner featuring Château Lafite Rothschild
Private Wine Dinner featuring Château Lafite Rothschild

Private Wine Dinner featuring Château Lafite Rothschild

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Château Lafite Rothschild is a name that doesn't require an introduction.  Some consider it the finest wine from Bordeaux, with the potential to age 50 to 100 years.  Some have called it a "temple" of wine.  The family holding company of Lafite, Domaines Barons de Rothschild (DBR), has an extensive wine portfolio that includes Bordeaux premier châteaux Rieussec (Sauternes), L’Evangile (Pomerol), and Duhart-Milon (Pauillac). Their properties also include Domaine D’Aussières in Languedoc, and Viña Los Vascos in Chile, and a joint-venture Bodegas Caro in Argentina.

We are delighted to present a private wine dinner co-hosted by Lafite and Laguna Cellar.  Joining our dinner will be Mr. Tanneguy d’Harcourt, Brand Ambassador of DBR (Lafite).  At this dinner, you will taste a succession of top vintage wines selected from the DBR portfolio, specially delivered from the cellar of Lafite to our cellar in southern California for this event, with food pairings prepared by the award-winning chefs from one of Orange County's premier restaurants:

        • Duhart-Milon 2010
        • Carruades de Lafite 2009
        • Lafite Rothschild 2000
        • Lafite Rothschild 1996
        • Rieussec 2005


Date: Saturday, January 25th, 2020
Time: 5:30pm to 9:30pm
Venue:  The Loft at the Montage
Cost: $500 per person

Tasting Notes

Château Duhart-Milon 2010 - "Dense purple, with classic notes of cedar and lead pencil shavings as well as gobs of back currants and licorice, the wine has a full-bodied mouthfeel with fabulous precision and density. It also possesses a long, silky finish with moderately high tannins, but they are ripe and well-integrated. The wood is clearly pushed to the background in this dense, full-bodied Pauillac, which should drink beautifully for 30+ years." - Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate (Feb 27, 2013, Issue 205), Ratings: 96 pts, Drink: 2013-2043

Carraudes de Lafite 2009 - "Of course, the wine to buy in order to get a look at the Lafite Rothschild style and personality is their second wine, Carruades de Lafite, which has become very fashionable in Asia, causing the prices to soar. A very strong effort, the 2009 Carruades de Lafite may be the finest Carruades since the 2003. A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot and tiny amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it reveals lots of sweet cassis intermixed with subtle smoke and forest floor, undeniable lusciousness and full-bodied hedonism. The wood component is pushed to the background, and the wine is extremely viscous, round and delicious. Additional complexity should continue to emerge over the next decade and this 2009 should keep for 20-30 years." - Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate (Dec 22, 2011, Issue 199), Ratings: 93 pts, Drink: 2012-2042

Château Lafite Rothschild 2000 - "Well, well, well - Lafite Rothschild does it again. Ever since manager Charles Chevalier was transferred from his beloved Sauternes property of Rieussec (also owned by the Rothschilds) to Lafite in 1994, there has been a succession of profound wines to emerge from this noble estate. The 2000 Lafite Rothschild, a blend of 93.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6.7% Merlot (only 36% of the crop made the grade) has an opaque ruby/purple color, followed by an extraordinary aromatic expression of liquid minerals/stones interwoven with the tell-tale graphite notes, mulberry, black currants, caramel, and tobacco. In the mouth, it is remarkably light on its feet, but somehow seems to pack intense flavors into layer upon layer of fruit and richness that cascade over the palate. A compelling wine, with extraordinary precision, great intensity, and a seamlessness in spite of what are obviously elevated levels of tannin, this wine was provocatively open and beautiful when tasted in January and February, but I am sure it will soon close down. The finish lasted a whopping 72 seconds! This is utterly fascinating stuff. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2050." - Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate (Apr 22, 2003, Issue 146), Ratings: 100 pts, Drink: 2011-2050

Château Lafite Rothschild 1996 - "Tasted three times since bottling, the 1996 Lafite-Rothschild is unquestionably this renowned estate's greatest wine. As I indicated last year, only 38% of the crop was deemed grand enough to be put into the final blend, which is atypically high in Cabernet Sauvignon (83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot). This massive wine may be the biggest, largest-scaled Lafite I have ever tasted. It will require many years to come around, so I suspect all of us past the age of fifty might want to give serious consideration as to whether we should be laying away multiple cases of this wine. It is also the first Lafite-Rothschild to be put into a new engraved bottle (designed to prevent fraudulent imitations). The wine exhibits a thick-looking, ruby/purple color, and a knock-out nose of lead pencil, minerals, flowers, and black currant scents. Extremely powerful and full-bodied, with remarkable complexity for such a young wine, this huge Lafite is oozing with extract and richness, yet has managed to preserve its quintessentially elegant personality. This wine is even richer than it was prior to bottling. It should unquestionably last for 40-50 years. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2050. The wine of the vintage?" - Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate (Apr 22, 1999, Issue 122), Ratings: 100 pts, Drink: 2012-2050

Château Rieussec 2005 - "The 2005 Rieussec is a blend of 90% Semillon, 8% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle picked between 23 September and 27 October. It has a fabulous bouquet that is mineral-rich and tensile. The palate repeats its performance from last year: focused, tense, laden with botrytis-rich fruit with a crystalline and sorbet-fresh finish that seals the deal. One of the best releases from the estate in recent years. Tasted April 2016." - Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Jan 31, 2017, Interim Issue), Ratings: 97 pts, Drink: 2016-2040

Effective October 18, 2019, the US Trade Representative's Office imposed a new 25% value-added tax (i.e., import tariffs) on a wide range of European products (including French wine, Italian cheese and single malt Scotch whisky) to penalize EU subsidies for Airbus.  EU has made counter-claims agains the US subsidies for Boeing.  A ruling by WTO on EU's counter-claims is expected in the spring of 2020.

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