Lafite Rothschild - Pauillac 2009 (6L)


Price: $15000.00

Producer Lafite Rothschild
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Subregion Pauillac
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Vintage 2009
Sku 3325
Size 6L

Wine Advocate: 99+ Points

The main reason the 2009 Lafite Rothschild did not receive a perfect score is because the wine has closed down slightly but it is unquestionably another profound Lafite their greatest wine since the amazing 2003. Among the most powerful Lafites ever made (it came in at 13.59% alcohol) the final blend was 82.5% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot. The selection was incredibly severe with only 45% of the crop being utilized. A tight but potentially gorgeous nose of graphite black currants licorice and camphor is followed by a full-bodied wine revealing the classic elegance purity and delineated style of Lafite. It is phenomenally concentrated with softer tannins than the 2005 the 2003's voluptuous broad juicy personality and low acidity. There are several vintages that I thought were a replay of their colossal 1959 most notably 1982 and 2003 but 2009 is also one to keep an eye on. It is still extremely youthful and seems slightly more backward than I would have guessed based on the barrel tastings but it needs 10-15 years of bottle age and should last for 50+.

Wine Spectator: 98 Points

This is stunning for its ability to take massively endowed fig currant paste and crushed plum fruit flavors and harness them with ultrasuave freshly roasted espresso black tea and ganache notes. A seductive style long and velvety with the dense core of black fruit and smoldering iron just waiting and waiting. Best from 2020 through 2040.

Vinous: 96 Points

The 2009 Lafite-Rothschild is quite high-toned and expressive on the nose perhaps the most ostentatious of the top flight 2009s with upfront black cherry and boysenberry fruit lavish new oak and touches of violet. The palate is sleek and satin-like in feel with copious dark cherry and boysenberry fruit fig and dates almost honeyed in texture towards the precocious finish that has an opulent bent almost hedonistic unusual for this First Growth. But it is kinda irresistible. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting.

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