Lafite Rothschild - Pauillac 1999 (12 pack bottles)


Price: $11400.00

Producer Lafite Rothschild
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Subregion Pauillac
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Vintage 1999
Sku 3694
Size 12 pack bottles

Wine Advocate: 95 Points

The 1999 Lafite Rothschild sports an engraved "1999" on the bottle along with an eclipse to mark that significant historical event of August 1999. It is a quintessential offering from Lafite Rothschild. This prodigious wine is both elegant and intensely flavored and almost diaphanous in its layers that unfold with no heaviness. An opaque ruby/purple color is accompanied by a complex bouquet of lead pencil graphite cedar creme de cassis toast and vanilla. It is medium-bodied with extravagant layers of richness yet little weight and a finish that is all sweetness ripeness and harmony. This extraordinary Lafite increasingly appears to be a modern day clone of the majestic 1953. A mere one-third of the crop made it into the grand vin! Anticipated maturity: 2007-2030.

Wine Spectator: 94 Points

Delivers wonderful dark chocolate with raspberry and currant undertones. Full-bodied featuring soft silky tannins and a long finish. Very tight still. Needs time. Very layered and holding back.?'89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2009). Best after 2012. 22500 cases made.

Vinous: 92 Points

Winemaker Eric Kohler recalled the 1999 Lafite-Rothschild as being born in a "sad summer." Personally I have liked this First Growth since I first tasted it in barrel. Now 20 years old it is beginning to show a little bricking on the rim. The bouquet is clean and detailed with black currant raspberry melted tar and cedar developing in the glass (but less of the allspice that I observed in previous bottles). The palate is medium-bodied and maybe more compact than expected possibly due to this being ex-cellar. While not a concentrated Lafite-Rothschild it is very harmonious and elegant brushed with a subtle pepperiness toward the finish and a tang of dried orange peel on the aftertaste. Delightful. Tasted from an ex-château bottle at the estate.