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2014 1er Cru Classé Pauillac Château Lafite Rothschild

Grapes Cab Sauv, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Pauillac
Classification 1er Cru Classé
ABV 14%

So demure, so sleek, but this has real presence. Savoury notes mingle with a dried flower scent on the nose. This is elegant but so brooding. The dark fruit is firmly wound up in a tight, dense middle, but the odd whiff of riper red fruit berries is evidence of the lovely ripeness here. This finishes super clean, beautifully mineral, long, linear and driven, and just a dry feel of super-fine tannin. Such class, long and polished. Rating: 96 L&S (Apr 2015)

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The 2014 Lafite-Rothschild has an incredibly fruit-driven bouquet with layers of black cherries, cassis, raspberry preserve and menthol aromas all beautifully defined. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet core of intense red berry fruit laced with white pepper, sage and a hint of fennel. The balance here is exquisite and the manner in which it fans out on the final third is just glorious. You could actually broach this now, it is so drinkable, but it has the substance to suggest long-term ageing. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Drinking range: 2024 - 2055 Rating: 95 Neal Martin, (Mar 2018)

A bit worked, soft and loose but with lots of vegy quality and some mintiness. Rather forward. Tea leaves. Drinking range: 2023 - 2043 Rating: 17.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - (Feb 2018)

The 2014 Lafite-Rothschild is a beautiful, vivid wine. It is also going to need a number of years to come together. All the classic Lafite signatures are present in the glass. Dark red and bluish-hued fruits, grilled herbs, crème de cassis and leather are some of the many notes that gradually open up. The wine is finessed and nuanced to the core. I imagine it will drink well with minimal cellaring, although it clearly also has the potential to grow in bottle. The blend is 87 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 % Merlot and 3 % Cabernet Franc. In 2014, the Grand Vin accounts for 38 % of production. Drinking range: 2022 - 2044 Rating: 94 Antonio Galloni, (Feb 2017)

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