EP23 Release: Lafite Rothschild "The finest of the first growths this year" WK

Bordeaux Index

2 May 2024

Lafite Rothschild 2023

It goes without saying that Lafite-Rothschild is one of the world’s most celebrated wines. A Pauillac of unrivalled pedigree, combining perfume and power in equal measure, Lafite can match the elegance of Margaux, the structure of Latour, the spice of Mouton and the aromatics of Haut Brion.

2023 was a year where Cabernet truly excelled, profiting from the warm dry second half of September which allowed for perfectly ripe berries. This year Cabernet comprises a full 93% of the blend which explains the remarkable clarity and mineral focus to the wine this year. While the 2022 wine was impressive in the muscular concentration given by this solar vintage, the 2023 Lafite is somehow even more Lafite. More cerebral, more mineral, and with a shimmering tension.

“…showcasing the essence of Lafite more squarely, and this will delight anyone lucky enough to own it in future years” Jane Anson

We found it to be one of the most impressive wines of the vintage somehow translating the essence of both the vintage and the terroir into liquid form. It is a remarkable effort from this estate and like so many wines of this vintage shows aromatic immediacy but this is clearly a wine that will reward patience.

“A wine that is so, so cerebral, this is a vintage well played by Lafite.” Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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