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Chateau Lafite-Rothschild History:

One of the most celebrated properties of the Medoc region of Bordeaux.  Located north of the small town of Pauillac and adjoining Mouton-Rothschild.  The vineyards being planted sometime in the last third of the 17th century.  It was inherited in 1716 by the Segurs, who also owned Chateau Latour, and then sold in 1784 to Pierre de Pichard, a wealthy Bordeaux parlemtarian who later became a victim of the scaffold.  Confiscated and sold as public property to a Dutch consortium in 1799, whereby it was quickly re-sold in 1803 to a Dutch grain merchant who was also a supplier to Napoleon's army.  When Ignace-Joseph Vanlerberghe the new owner fell on hard times he sold the property to his former wife in order to avoid its falling into a creditor's hands, who then sold it, or apparently so to avoid French inheritance laws,  in 1821 to London banker, Sir Samuel Scott. 

Scott and his sons nominally owned the property for some 4 decades, with the real proprietor Aime Vanlerberghe shielded in the background.  When she passed in 1866, the remaining family decided to sell the property and pay up the fines due after having concealed the true ownership over the years.  So in 1868 it was sold to  Baron James de Rothschild of the Paris bank for the sum of 4.4 million francs.  The Baron died the same year, but the property has remained in the family ever since.  The Chateau itself is a 16th century manor and the vineyard is one of the largest in the Haut-Medoc with over 220 acres.    Annual production is about 35,000 cases of which about a third of which the second wine, called Carruades de Lafite is produced. 

 

2000 Lafite-Rothschild  $2699.99  (see our sale price)

"pristine condition, professional storage from release, photo on request. Well, well, well - Lafite Rothschild does it again. Ever since manager Charles Chevalier was transferred from his beloved Sauternes property of Rieussec (also owned by the Rothschilds) to Lafite in 1994, there has been a succession of profound wines to emerge from this noble estate. The 2000 Lafite Rothschild, a blend of 93.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6.7% Merlot (only 36% of the crop made the grade) has an opaque ruby/purple color, followed by an extraordinary aromatic expression of liquid minerals/stones interwoven with the tell-tale graphite notes, mulberry, black currants, caramel, and tobacco. In the mouth, it is remarkably light on its feet, but somehow seems to pack intense flavors into layer upon layer of fruit and richness that cascade over the palate.

A compelling wine, with extraordinary precision, great intensity, and a seamlessness in spite of what are obviously elevated levels of tannin, this wine was provocatively open and beautiful when tasted in January and February, but I am sure it will soon close down. The finish lasted a whopping 72 seconds! This is utterly fascinating stuff. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2050 100 points, Wine Advocate."

 

2001 Carruades de Lafite  $379.99

 

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