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Château Lafite-Rothschild

The name from this famous château probably has been derived from the Gascon word “La Hite”, which means hillock. But there is also a reference, dating back to 1234, which mentions Gombaud de Lafite, abbot of the Vertheuil Monastery north of Pauillac.

 

In the 18th century the wine became famous as “The King’s Wine” when it got the high approval of Louis XV. Lafite was awarded First Growth status in the 1855 Classification, together with Château Latour, Château Margaux and Château Haut Brion. This classification, which still exists, was based on the quality and especially prices of that time.

 

Lafite demanded the highest price and was therefore placed on top of the list. In 1868, Baron James de Rothschild bought Château Lafite. This was the moment that the name changed to Lafite-Rothschild.

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Unfortunately, the baron died 3 months after he purchased the state but as a homage, the 1868 vintage received the highest price on the market and it remained a record for the entire 19th century. 

 

The end of the 19th century (phylloxera and mildew crisis) and the beginning of the 20th century (mildew and the Great Depression) were difficult times for Château Lafite-Rothschild. Furthermore, World War 2 saw an occupation by the Germans, who plundered the cellar filled with ancient vintages. But from 1945 on, Château Lafite-Rotschild established itself again as one of the leading châteaux of Bordeaux.

 

Currently, the vineyard covers 112 Ha and consists of three different plots. The grape varieties used are: Cabernet Sauvignon (70%), Merlot (25%), Cabernet Franc (3%) and Petit Verdot (2%). The average age of the vines is almost 40 years old. They also produce a second wine called “Carruades de Lafite”. Legendary vintages from the past include: 1847, 1848, 1870, 1899, 1900, 1928, 1929, 1945, 1947, 1949, 1959, 1961, 1982, 1990, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2009 and 2010. We are looking forward tasting the 2015 and 2016 as well.

 

 


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Chateau Lafite Rothschild • Chateau Carruades de Lafite Rothschild 1990 0,75     0 - 5 € 259,00 € 313,39
Chateau Lafite Rothschild • Chateau Carruades de Lafite Rothschild 2008 0,75 92 87 18 8 12 € 289,00 € 349,69
Chateau Lafite Rothschild • Chateau Carruades de Lafite Rothschild 2009 0,75 93 92 18 8+ 23 € 269,00 € 325,49
Chateau Lafite Rothschild (negociant) 1899 0,75     0 9 1 € 3.495,00 € 4.228,95
Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1899 0,75     0 9 1 € 7.995,00 € 9.673,95
Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1964 0,75   87 0 6 1 € 595,00 € 719,95
Chateau Lafite Rothschild (very bin-soiled label) 1972 0,375   82 15 7 1 € 140,00 € 169,40
Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1994 1,5 90 93 18 8 1 € 1.199,00 € 1.450,79
Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1994 3,0 90 93 18 8 1 € 2.995,00 € 3.623,95
Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1995 0,75 95 96 0 9 3 € 695,00 € 840,95
Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1996 0,75 100 95 20 6 € 949,00 € 1.148,29
Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1999 0,75 95 94 18 8.5 4 € 679,00 € 821,59
Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2000 1,5 100 100 20 9.5 2 € 3.607,00 € 4.364,47
Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2001 0,75 94 96 0 9 6 € 629,00 € 761,09
Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2002 0,75 95 93 18 8.5 12 € 609,00 € 736,89
Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2002 3,0 95 93 18 8.5 1 € 2.994,00 € 3.622,74
Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2007 0,75 94 91 0 8 6 € 699,00 € 845,79
Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2009 0,75 99 98 20 9+ 4 € 779,00 € 942,59
Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2010 0,75 98 97 20 9.5 8 € 779,00 € 942,59
Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2012 0,75 94 93 18 8 11 € 499,00 € 603,79
Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2015 0,75 96 95 0 9+ 9 € 595,00 € 719,95
Chateau Lafite Rothschild • Omas Lafite Rothschild Limited Edition Roller Pen (In OC) NV 0,02     0 - 1 € 1.250,00 € 1.512,50
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