Today we can offer probably the most anticipated release of the campaign: Château Lafite. At £1400 IB per case of 6 bottles, this is the least expensive quality vintage on the market by some margin. Physical vintages of comparable quality are offered from £1600 per case of 6 bottles (2012) to £2600 per case of 6 bottles (2008).
When we tasted it last month we were very impressed. The wine has an already complex nose of graphite, cassis, brambly, wild fruits and a hint of garrigue. The palate is supremely elegant with the finest of tannins and extremely well-balanced. It is a fabulous wine.
We are also pleased to offer the second wine of Château Lafite, Carruades de Lafite at £910 per case of 12 bottles. This price compares favourably as all physical vintages are offered at a minimum of £1200 per case.
Please find below the offer:
Lafite 2014 - £1400 IB per case of 6 bottles
‘The Château Lafite-Rothschild 2014 is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, picked from 22 September until 10 October with the Petit Verdot, the Cabernet finished two days earlier. The Grand Vin is adorned with surprising richness and opulence on the nose: layers of ripe black plum and juniper, fine definition with even a hint of fig developing with continued aeration. After 5 minutes it turns volte face and becomes much more graphite and cedary - more Pauillac in essence. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannin, a potent core of black and blue fruit with a bullish (for Lafite) peacock's tail on the finish. Very long in the mouth, this is a Lafite that yearns to compensate for last year and it accomplishes that with some panache. Drink: 2024-2045. 94-96 points.’ Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
‘I love the sexy, perfumed and feminine style to this young Lafite with rose petals, rose stems and currants. Full body, super fine tannins and a wonderful finish. Lasts for a very, very long time. 97-98 points.’ James Suckling
‘A rich, powerful wine, the 2014 Lafite boasts superb depth, nuance and class. Hints of plum, cinnamon, wild flowers and exotic spices are woven throughout, but the flavors remain quite primary. The delicate, brilliant finish points to a bright future for a Lafite that should start to drink well with minimal cellaring. The blend is 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Lafite accounts for 38% of the production. 92-95 points.’ Antonio Galloni
Carruades de Lafite 2014 - £910 IB per case of 12 bottles
‘The Carruades de Lafite is a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon and 42% Merlot. It has a pure blackberry, slightly tarry bouquet that is well defined, a little strict perhaps, but focused. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin in the mouth, a much more sophisticated Carruades de Lafite than last year with a crisp, nicely poised and lightly spiced finish. This is a decent, satisfying Carruades de Lafite that should be afforded three or four years in bottle. 88-90 points.’ Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
‘Gorgeous aromas of blackcurrants, berries, blueberries and licorice. Minerals, too. Full, dense and tight. Wonderfully racy finish. Mineral, iodine and oyster shell undertones. Second wine of Lafite. ""We really wanted to make an excellent Carraudes,"" says the winemaker Charles Chevallier. They did. 92-93 points.’ James Suckling
‘An enticing mix of dark red cherry, plum, violet, lavender and graphite notes emerge from the 2014 Carruades de Lafite, a wine of notable depth and purity, especially at this level. There is a definition and inner sweetness to the fruit that is impossible to miss. All the Lafite signatures are present, specifically the intensely perfumed, sweet fruit that is often found in this sector in Pauillac. The Carruades is a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon and 42% Merlot. Carruades de Lafite represents 25% of the chateau's production. 88-90 points.’ Antonio Galloni
E&OE May 2015.
Delivery Spring 2017. Subject to final confirmation.
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