|Grapes||Cab Sauv, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cab Franc|
Very similar in weight to the Duhart, but without the sweetness, so that it seems more serious and cool in expression. Quite dry but not drying - proper claret. Rating: 91-92 L&S (Apr 2016)
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Making up 35% of the total production at Lafite in 2015 (25% was declassified), this is a beautifully restrained second wine that was picked comparatively early to retain acidity. The freshness of this wine was a relief after tasting some of the vintage’s more extracted wines. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 Rating: 94 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(May 2016)
The second wine of Lafite was 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc. A very open and expressive nose here, with dark cherry fruit, dusted with a little vanilla flower and rose petals. The palate feels very silky, elegant, gently polished, showing more frame than Duhart-Milon tasted alongside, with a lovely purity and gentle poise. The overall style is very gentle, dusty, with a firm bed of ripe and polished tannins. A cherry-stone texture, sappy and upright, with a lovely poise. An elegant, understated, gentle style. Rating: 15-16/20 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2016)
57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc. Relatively light crimson. Light, rather timid nose. Drying tannins on the end. Very pretty and polite but not at all dramatic! Drinking range: 2023 - 2031 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2016)
1855 classification - Premier Grand Cru Classé The long history of Château Lafite includes a period in the 17th and 18th century when it was owned by the Ségur family, who also at the time owned Latour and who's name lives on at Calon-Ségur and Phelan-Ségur. By the time of the 1855 classification which rightly recognised the reputation of Lafite, the estate was under a complicated ownership arrangement which inevitably unravelled, and Lafite was sold to Baron James de Rothschild, largely it would seem to keep uo with his cousin Nathaniel Rothschild who had recently purchased Brane-Mouton (later to become Mouton Rothschild). He died a couple of months later, but his descendents own the estate to this day. Baron Eric, who took control during the 1970's, returned Lafite to its rightful place at the top of the Bordeaux hierarchy with a programme of investment, improvement and modernisation. There are 103ha of land under vine at Lafite, facing Cos d'Estournel across the Jalle du Breuil which marks the border between Pauillac and Saint Estèphe. Indeed, Lafite own a small parcel of vines over the border in Saint Estèphe. Just over 70% is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon with 25% Merlot and smaller portions of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Vines for the grand vin average around 40 years old with none less than 10. Wines are aged in barrels from their own cooperage for aound 18 months. The second wine is Carruades de Lafite which usually features a higher proportion of Merlot in the cuvée.
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