Please read: This wine is a Bordeaux Future. It is not expected to arrive in stock
until Spring/Summer 2006.
Robert Parker Rating 98-100
Revealing enormous richness, flesh, and succulence, the 2003 Lafite Rothschild
is one of the candidates for “wine of the vintage.” A blend of 86%
Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot (the Merlot
was harvested between September 8 - 12, and the Cabernet Sauvignon between September
15 - 24), it possesses ethereal richness as well as perfume. Yields were a low
34 hectoliters per hectare, there is just under 13% natural alcohol, and the pH
level is frightfully high at 3.9 with a total acidity of only 2.9. These figures
are nearly identical to such ripe, concentrated vintages as 1982 and 1959. Inky/ruby/purple-colored
with a spectacular, ripe perfume of black fruits, cedar, Asian soy, and balsamic
vinegar, it exhibits massive richness yet is remarkably fresh and lively on the
palate for such an unctuous effort (amazing levels of glycerin). In that sense,
it is atypical, but like the 1982, I suspect the 2003 will become more delineated
as the tannin emerges over the next 1-2 years. An amazing textural impression
left me scratching my head as I have never tasted a Lafite Rothschild quite like
this. This is one first-growth worth mortgaging the house for! Anticipated maturity:
Wine Spectator Rating 95-100
Currants, blackberries, cedar and light tobacco. Very pure and fresh, like crushed
berries. Full-bodied, with a solid core of ripe tannins and a long, long finish.
Exciting, yet polished and refined. This is a rich and structured Lafite. Very
classic style. -- J.S.
Decanter Rating 5 stars
Very deep purple ruby, very rich on the glass, almost the glycerine of a vintage
Port, marvellous nose of wild violets, with a floral fragrance that explodes onto
the palate, beautiful tannins and great length, a great wine. 20012-35.
Formats Offered 375ml, 750ml, 1.5L, 3.0L, 6.0L