Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2003

Review of the Estate

Château Lafite Rothschild is one of the most renowned wine properties in the Médoc. Owned by Baron Eric de Rothschild and Lafite Rothschild is also one of the largest Médoc estates. The vineyards of Ch. Lafite are found at the northern tip of the Pauillac appellation, just below the boundary with St. Estephe.

There is evidence of an estate on this site as far back as the 14th century, and of exports of wine to the UK in the early 17th century. The current owners, the Rothschilds of the famous banking dynasty, bought the property in 1866, but this is a different side of the family from that which purchased Chateau Mouton Rothschild.

 

Vineyard

Surface area: 247 acres

Grape Varieties: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot

Average age of vines: 45 years

Density of plantation: 7,500 vines per hectare

Average yields: 48 hectolitres per hectare

Average cases produced: 17,500 per year

Plateau of maturity: 10-50 years

Chateau Lafite Rothschild

 

 

Chateau Lafite Rothschild Bottles

 

Chateau Lafite Rothschild Label

Robert Parker Lafite Rothschild 2003 Review

Score: 100 Points

A modern day version of the 1959 Lafite, the 2003 Lafite Rothschild was bottled in mid-May, 2005 after achieving 12.9% natural alcohol – hardly an astonishing figure given the vintage’s weather conditions. A combination of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot, it represents a ripe version of the essence of Lafite-Rothschild. Dense purple-colored, with classic notes of graphite intertwined with melted licorice, creme de cassis, smoke, and flowers, it reveals extraordinary richness, opulence, power, purity, intensity, and viscosity. Whether this wine will close down or not is questionable as it is somewhat atypical given its sweetness and softness. Analytically, there are extremely high tannins, which I suspect will assert themselves in the future. Production in 2003 was less than half of normal. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2050.

Score: 100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006

 

Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2003 Recent Price History

Prices below are sourced from wine-searcher.com 

WineVintageJan 2007 
Value Per Case
May 2013 
Value Per Case
Value Increase Percentage 
Increase
Lafite Rothschild 2003 £3,564 £11,388 £7,824 219.53%

Chateau Lafite Rothschild Wine List

Lafite Rothschild 1990 Lafite Rothschild 1991 Lafite Rothschild 1992
Lafite Rothschild 1993 Lafite Rothschild 1994 Lafite Rothschild 1995
Lafite Rothschild 1996 Lafite Rothschild 1997 Lafite Rothschild 1998
Lafite Rothschild 1999 Lafite Rothschild 2000 Lafite Rothschild 2001
Lafite Rothschild 2002 Lafite Rothschild 2003 Lafite Rothschild 2004
Lafite Rothschild 2005 Lafite Rothschild 2006 Lafite Rothschild 2007
Lafite Rothschild 2008 Lafite Rothschild 2009 Lafite Rothschild 2010
Lafite Rothschild 2011    

 

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