Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2009

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 2009 Review

Score: 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+.

Score: 99+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, March 2012

 

Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2009 Recent Price History

Prices below are sourced from wine-searcher.com 

WineVintageJuly 2010 
Value Per Case
July 2013 
Value Per Case
Value Increase Percentage 
Increase
Lafite Rothschild 2009 £11,880 £11,520 -£360 -3.03%

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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