Lafite Rothschild

Lafite Rothschild 2008

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Cabernet Sauvignon,Merlot,Cabernet Franc
Château Lafite-Rothschild
France > Bordeaux > Pauillac

98/100 - A candidate for the wine of the vintage, the 2008 should have been purchased before it began to soar in value because of the significance of the number 8 in the Chinese culture (denoting good luck). Representing 40% of the production, this blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc offers aromas of high quality unsmoked cigar tobacco, lead pencil shavings, creme de cassis, earth, cedar and asphalt. Full, rich and stunningly concentrated, I doubt it is inferior to the 2010, just more classic as well as slightly more forward and a degree weaker in alcoholic potency (12.5% versus 13.5%). The 2008 should be relatively drinkable in 6-10 years as it is already showing remarkable complexity and breed, and will last for 30-35 the minimum. - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

94/100 - The 2008 Lafite Rothschild put in a strange showing at the previous horizontal just a few weeks earlier. This bottle is much better. It has a deep color with little ageing on the rim. On the nose there is ample fruit, blackberry and bilberry with notes of pencil lead and sage, but overall there is just more intensity than the previous bottle. The palate is well balanced with fine grain tannin and good density, a facet occasionally lacking in Lafite-Rothschild. There is just a touch of brown sugar and sage towards the finish that fortunately does not attenuate like the previous bottle. This is much more representative and whilst not the best First Growth of the vintage, it certainly shows more sophistication and class even if it does not match its more stellar showings just after bottling. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 10-Year On tasting. - Neal Martin, Vinous 

17/20 - Tasted blind. Round, easy and charming on the nose. Dry end on the palate. Correct but not very fruity. Bit dry. Herbs, Chartreuse scents. - Jancis Robinson MW

97/100 - The 2008 seems to suit Lafite somehow, because you expect a little more austerity and subtlety in its youth and this vintage plays into that. It has all of those very classical signatures such as pencil lead and cassis, accompanied by menthol, slate and asphalt. It has good weight and fine tannins. Delicious, subtle and gulpable. - Jane Anson, Decanter

95/100 - Minerals, tar and sous bois with dark fruit. Sweet tobacco. Black licorice. Full and chewy with lots of fruit but very reserved. So much mineral and sweet tobacco. It is all there. Give it four to five years of bottle age before beginning to explore the wine. - James Suckling 

83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc.

This violet-tinted Pauillac boasts texture, charm and generosity that dominate the nose. It shows great complexity despite its commanding red fruit aromas.

The imposing solid palate - a classic of top-class Pauillac - reveals the coherence of the structure. A vibrant, crisp style with marked minerality and rich yet bright curranty fruit. The delightful tannins are rounder - even more so than other thick and sunny vintages.

This 2008 Lafite-Rothschild ends on a persistent and delightful finish.
SKU: 01A08LF6
Bottle Size: 75CL
ABV: 12.5%
Vintage: 2008

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