Château Lafite Rothschild 1997

Tasting notes

"(...) the 1997 Lafite-Rothschild appears to be a wine that sparkled in its youth, but is not maturing with the grace and style of other vintages after almost 20 years. It has a well-defined bouquet with crushed strawberry, wet sand and light tobacco notes that gradually unfurl. I appreciate the precision here - typical Lafite-Rothschild. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry, a little foursquare with some dryness towards the attenuated finish. It feels bound together by the fine thread of acidity, yet the long and short of it is that while its descent will be gradual, it will not repay continued bottle ageing. (...)"

Source: Robert Parker



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The bouquet of Lafite wines is very suave and of incomparable delicacy; its savor brings together at the same time the taste of almonds and the scent of violets without it being possible to distinguish whether the one dominates the other.

Château Lafite Rothschild also produces a second label called Carruades de Lafite.

Production 210'000 bottles ;

Surface 100 ha ;

Plantation density : 7'000 vines/ha;

Age of the vine : 45 years;

Soil and subsoil : gravel;

Second wine : Carruades de Lafite;

Wine variety 70% cabernet sauvignon, 25% merlot, 3% cabernet franc, 2 % petit verdot;

Best vintages 2010, 2009, 2008, 2003, 2000, 1996, 1986, 1982, 1959, 1953, 1865.

Data sheet

  • Color red
  • Country Bordeaux
  • Appellation Pauillac
  • Classement First Growth in 1855 (Bordeaux)
  • Vintage 1997
  • Rating Robert Parker : 89/100
  • Level IN
  • Peak: until 2035
  • Size Bottle (0.75 l)

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