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Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac 2003 (wrinkled back label)  - First Bottle


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The 2003 Lafite Rothschild comes as close to perfection as any of the great Lafites made over the past three decades (1982, 1986, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010). This sensational effort came in at 12.7% natural alcohol, it is made in the style of one of this estate’s great classics, the 1959. Composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it exhibits a dense ruby/purple color to the rim along with a luxurious bouquet of cedarwood, lead pencil shaving, white chocolate, cocoa and cassis. Fat, rich, opulent and full-bodied with low acidity and stunning seductiveness and complexity, this noble wine possesses a bountiful, generous, heady style. It is just coming into its plateau of maturity where it should hold for 20-25 years. This is one of the candidates for the wine of the vintage – make no mistake about that.

Technical Details

  • Blend86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionBordeaux
  • Sub-RegionHaut-Medoc
  • AppellationPauillac
  • Alcohol2.82%

Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac 2003 (wrinkled back label)

Bordeaux Blends  |  France
WA100, JS98, WE97, VN96, WS96, IWC93, JR18

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The Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac 2003 stands as a testament to resilience and ingenuity in winemaking, navigating the challenges posed by the extreme weather conditions of the vintage. From the revered Pauillac appellation and crafted by the esteemed Rothschild estate, this wine exhibits a deep, captivating crimson hue that foretells its intensity and character. Despite the scorching heat of the 2003 growing season, it surprises with its aromatic complexity, revealing layers of ripe black fruits, cassis, cedar, and subtle nuances of tobacco. On the palate, it offers a symphony of flavors, with velvety tannins embracing a core of luscious fruit, all seamlessly integrated with the gentle embrace of oak. While the vintage presented hurdles, Chateau Lafite-Rothschild has deftly crafted a wine that transcends the challenges, showcasing depth, balance, and a remarkable potential for aging, ensuring its place among the world's most distinguished Bordeaux wines.

About the Producer

The name Lafite comes from the Gascon language term “la hite”, which means “hillock”. There were probably already vineyards on the property at the time when the Ségur family organised the vineyard in the 17th century, and Lafite began to earn its reputation as a great winemaking estate. Jacques de Ségur was credited with the planting of the Lafite vineyard in the 1670s and in the early 1680s. In 1695, Jacques de Ségur’s heir, Alexandre, married the heiress of Château Latour, who gave birth to Nicolas-Alexandre de Ségur. The wine histories of the fiefs of Lafite and Latour were thus joined at the outset.