|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Sauv, Petit Verdot|
|Classification||1er Cru Classé|
98% Cabernet Sauvignon this year. After Duhart Milon Lafite shows, as one might hope, more weight, more richness. A suave dry oak-influenced dark floral and dark cherry and sloe fruit and a firm but densely-packed mid-palate. Graphite and plum. Fine tannins on the finish full of sharp, aromatic black fruit. All very taut and quite long. Rating: 92-93 L&S (Apr 2014)
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(98% cabernet sauvignon and 2% merlot): Medium red-ruby. Very precise, pure, flinty raspberry and coffee aromas are complicated by an intense violet note. Then almost steely in the mouth, with a bright, juicy personality to the flavors of red berries, plum, graphite and minerals. This struck me as quite mouthfilling without being at all heavy. Finishes with building but smooth tannins and a lovely lingering strawberry sweetness. General director Charles Chevalier said "I went looking for fruit this year by harvesting as late as feasible, which of course meant that due to rot we made even less wine than projected, but I think we were able to achieve more fruit in this manner. I may have to decrease the time this wine will spend aging in oak but I don't know yet." When I mentioned to Chevallier that I couldn't remember the last time a vintage of Lafite had so much cabernet sauvignon, he promptly answered: "Few people know, but in 1994 the final blend was an unbelievable 99% cabernet sauvignon and 1% petit verdot; this year we just had to get rid of most of the merlot, because even at 3% or 4% of the total it was obviously only diluting the whole." Rating: 89-92 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website(May 2014)
Cassis and bilberry the nose is fresh the start of the palate quite light. There is more depth in the middle black cherry and cassis underpinned by chocolate a touch of liquorice. Sweet at the back the finish has lovely rich flavours. 2020-32 Rating: 92-95 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk(May 2014)
Made with 98% Cabernet Sauvignon (only 1994 and 1961 had 100%), for my money this is the best First Growth in 2012. Long, refreshing and smooth, with seamlessly integrated new oak, polished tannins and a mineral, graphite core. 2018-30 Rating: 95 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(May 2014)
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