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The Towering Vintages of One of the World's Most Revered Wines - Age and Provenance
September 22, 2020



The Towering Vintages of One of the World's Most Revered Wines - Age and Provenance

Like the Brunello of Biondi-Santi and the Barolo of Monfortino, the classic Pauillac of Lafite-Rothschild is best understood with age. Here is a ten-year head start with the monumental 2009 and 2010 releases from Lafite Rothschild. They are direct from Bordeaux in OWCx6 – presented with unparalleled provenance and fair pricing. These are wines that command more elsewhere but have bounced around from auctions and importers. These wines have never left the cellars in Bordeaux, making it a special offering of this historic First Growth.

With a history that dates back to 1234, the Chateau has earned the reputation as the most famous wine in the world. Further, for more than 200 years it has been the considered the pinnacle expression of the noble grapes. And with their prized Pauillac positioning and vines up to 100 years of age still yielding fruit, this is may just be the most structured and refined of the First Growths. However, the wines demand time to reveal their greatness and signature notes of cassis, spice, truffles, cedarwood, and tobacco that have attracted the like of King Louis XV and Thomas Jefferson. That is what today’s offer is all about - Lafite with age and provenance.


2009 Lafite Rothschild
(100 Points, James Suckling) 99+ Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
: “The 2009 Lafite Rothschild is a candidate for “wine of the vintage.” Although the 2003 was powerful (12.9% alcohol), the 2009 came in at 13.4% alcohol. It is a blend of 82.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot. Only 45% of the crop went into the grand vin, which may be the most concentrated Lafite I have ever tasted. There is not a hard edge to be found in this inky/purple-colored wine displaying notes of charcoal, incense, black currants, and licorice. In the mouth, it represents a liqueur of black fruits offered in a remarkably full-bodied, incredibly elegant, lush style. Expansive, savory, staggeringly concentrated, and voluptuous as well as wonderfully precise with a hint of minerality, this sensational wine’s technical numbers are off the charts. Is this a replay of the 1959? Although it will be surprisingly approachable in its youth, this is a 50-100-year wine. (Tasted once.)

2010 Lafite Rothschild
(100 Points, Lisa Perotti Borwn, The Wine Advocate) 98 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
: The 2010 Lafite Rothschild, a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Merlot (a 3% difference from the barrel sample shown two years ago), achieved relatively high alcohol of 13.32%, according to administrator Charles Chevalier. The wine is very impressive, not as fleshy, flamboyant and massive as the 2009, but nevertheless, a big, rich, full-throttle Lafite-Rothschild meant to age a half century or more. Deep purple, with notes of white chocolate, mocha, cedar and charcoal as well as hints of vanillin and creme de cassis, the wine is full-bodied yet has that ethereal lightness that makes it a Lafite. Rich, with good acidity, precision and freshness, this is a slightly zestier version of the 2009 as well as more restrained and structured than that particular vintage. It will need at least 10-12 years of cellaring and keep for 50+ years.


Should you have any questions on these exciting wines, or
would like to take advantage of this offer we are asking that you email orders back to me at chris.deas@italianwinemerchants.com , connect with your portfolio manager or mention receipt of this offer if calling the store. All orders are subject to confirmation.

All my best,
Chris