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2000 Ch. Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac

Ch. Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac
Last week I had the great pleasure of 'looking at' nearly 50 of the more significant red bordeaux from the vintage celebrating its tenth birthday. This is traditionally the time at which classical red bordeaux starts to come round and starts to provide good drinking....

Dark ruby - same colour as Ch Margaux 2000. Very light - almost soapy - on the nose. Lots of chew and potential. Polished sinewy tanins but not nearly ready - however many bottles have already been drunk in China! Appetising but wait. Green notes at the moment. This has length and potential.
(Jancis Robinson - jancisrobinson.com - 23 Mar 2010)

Jancis Parker
18.5/20 98+/100
Ch. Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac
Since I gave this wine a perfect score, I suppose some could see this as a downgrade. I found everything still there for a perfect rating, but I was just struck by how tight and backward the wine was. A blend of 93.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, the wine still has a dark ruby/purple color and an extraordinarily youthful nose of graphite, black currants, sweet, unsmoked cigar tobacco, and flowers. The wine is rich, medium to full-bodied, but has that ethereal elegance and purity that is always Lafite. I originally predicted that it would first reach maturity in 2011, but I would push that back by 5-7 years now, although it has 50-60 years of life in front of it. Owners of this beauty are probably best advised to forget it for 5 years. Tasted next to a 1996 several days after the 2000 tasting, the 1996, which is a perfect wine, was far closer to full maturity than the 2000.
(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Jun 2010)

Jancis Parker
18.5/20 98+/100
Ch. Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac
Product:Château Lafite Rothschild 812
Maturity: Drink 2010-2025 (Ready, but will improve)
Vintage: 2000
Origin: France » Bordeaux » Pauillac Map of the region
Grape Variety: Cab.Sauvignon Blend
Style: Medium-Full Bodied, Dry, 12.5% alcohol
Closure Type: Cork
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Jancis Parker
18.5/20 98+/100
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