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As with the Mouton this was incredibly well-made and correct: linear, pure and focused with everything exactly where it should be - but harder to penetrate at this very early stage of its life. A genuinely seamless wine which yet left experienced tasters feeling full of hope that the fruit would come through and balance would be eventually be effortless. The pedigree of Lafite suggests that when these pieces are in place, it will eventually blossom.
A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot (harvested between September 3-21), the 2011 Lafite Rothschild came in at 12.6% natural alcohol (considerably lower than in 2010 and 2009). Exhibiting a deep ruby/purple color, lots of crushed rock, red and black currant, forest floor and underbrush characteristics, moderate tannin and medium body, it is built somewhat along the lines of the 1999 and 2001. It should be a 20- to 25-year wine, but it is not at the level of the 2008, 2009 and 2010. Fresh acids give the wine a somewhat more clipped feeling than most great Lafites have exhibited. Nevertheless, there is a lot of freshness and vibrancy to this vintage. 90-93 points – Robert Parker (Wine Advocate #200, April 2012)
The 2011 Lafite-Rothschild is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot with an alcohol level of 12.6%. It has wonderful purity on the nose with blackberry, cassis, raspberry, a touch of graphite and an attractive floral note. It is feminine and beguiling. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins on the entry, crisp acidity, very harmonious and alluring with blackberry, raspberry and a saline touch towards the long caressing finish. It is a more sensual Lafite that I was expecting, with great persistency and poise. – eRobertParker.com, May 2012
[80CS/20M] Ripe blackberry fruit hinted at on the nose; a medium weight wine, firm in both tannin and acid; a core of briskly ripe fruit, finesse and subtlety yes, long across the palate and long and crisp and aromatic, almost lemony to finish; not quite the effortless quality, scope and depth of the best Lafites of the past ten years, and a some way from its 2009/2010. Clearly both complexity and tenacity of flavour here but slightly hard work and certainly long term. The manager, Charles Chevalier, described it as «1980’s style, very classic ». 2025-40+ [M.Schuster, Bordeaux Mar/Apr 2012]
This delivers pronounced tobacco and bay leaf notes up front, with a core of steeped plum and currant fruit and a fleshy edge through the charcoal-lined finish. There's some serious buried minerality, which should emerge with cellaring. Best from 2018 through 2031. – James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, March 2014)
Love the nose on this, with sweet tobacco, delicate currant, cedar and blackberry. Full body with integrated tannins and a juicy, fruity, subtle finish. The texture to this wine is beautiful. Better than I remember from barrel. Try in 2019. – jamessuckling.com, Feb 2014
Inky black core. Definite herbaceous aroma of cassis leaf, cedary cassis. Pretty leafy on the palate too but adds freshness. Cabernet Franc-like character although I believe the blend is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot. Chalky-dry tannins. A bit drying on the finish but has leafy elegance. – Julia Harding (jancisrobinson.com, Jan 2015)
Good full ruby-purple; this really stains the glass. Highly expressive aromas of blackberry, crushed strawberry, flint, cedar, pepper and herbs. Rich and bright in the mouth, with pungent minerality and a cedary note keeping the dark and red fruit flavors fresh. The long finish features lovely floral lift and substantial but ripe tannins. This strikes me as a very successful Lafite. Ian D'Agata
Quality 920 | Brand 999 | Economics 880 |
buzz brand, investment staple
Quality: Predicted life of 14 years, one of the longest drinking windows in its peer group for the 2011 vintage, which averages 8 years Brand: #2 Most sought after wine globally, with 87,284 searches on Wine-Searcher per month Economics: #3 most active wine at auction, its top 5 vintages having seen 4,733 75cl equivalent bottles traded in the past year Production: Higher production than its peer group average of 151,058 bottles
- www.wine-lister.com June 2017
Developing into classical Lafite - meaning the frame comes from fine tannins, and the overall impression is of subtle complexity, still extremely young but with energy and lift. A gentle cedar smoke and liquorice edging becomes clear as it opens up, and the black fruits are savoury. The St-Estephe plot was hailed on in early September, but the fruit was already relatively ripe, so even though they harvested 15 days earlier than ideal, it was ripe enough to use in the Grand Vin, and the overall yield was 52hl/ha. Higher Merlot in the blend than you would find today (now closer to 10%). Drinking Window 2024 - 2045
Blind tasted by Jane Anson (at Bordeaux, 19 Feb 2021)
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