The 2014 Lafite-Rothschild, tasted with head winemaker Eric Kohler, has retained that very opulent and outgoing bouquet that dare I say actually reminded me of Mouton-Rothschild. There are layers of blackberry and boysenberry fruit, still that hint of juniper berry, certainly a more extrovert Lafite-Rothschild compared to recent vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, very focused and quite linear, again with plenty of black fruit laced with cedar and tobacco. It begins to clam up towards the saline finish, suggesting that it will need several years in bottle, but I still have high expectations for this First Growth once afforded several years in bottle.
- Alcohol %: 12.5%
- Decant Time: 2 hours
- Taste: Dark fruits, Cuban cigar, Spice, Cedar, Wet forest, Silky tannins, Fresh, Pure, Energetic finish
- Food Matching: Grilled lamb chops, Beef Wellington, Mushroom risotto, Aged hard cheeses
- Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon : 87%, Merlot : 10%, Cabernet Franc : 3%,
The 2014 Chateau Lafite Rothschild is a testament to the grandeur of Pauillac. This vintage exudes a complex bouquet of dark fruits, reminiscent of Cuban cigar wrapper, spice, cedar, and the earthiness of a wet forest. The palate reveals a symphony of blackberries and blackcurrants, accented by violet and cedar notes characteristic of Lafite's esteemed profile. With silky tannins and a fresh, harmonious structure, the wine is both powerful and elegant. The finish is notable for its energy, length, and purity. While approachable in its youth, this wine promises to evolve beautifully, reaching its peak with a bit of patience. Decanting for two hours is recommended to fully appreciate its depth and complexity. Pair this exquisite wine with robust dishes such as grilled lamb chops or Beef Wellington to elevate the dining experience.