Bordeaux 2011: Château Lafite-Rothschild

Château Lafite-Rothschild 2011Around the time of the en primeur tastings in Bordeaux, Christophe Salin, director of Barons de Rothschild was very forthright about the way in which pricing would work this year, indicating that there should be a substantial cut in price for this wine compared with last year. “With Lafite we have the luxury of being able to sell at a high price, but we want to play by the rules and listen to the market. We don’t want to be individualists –Bordeauxis a collective work; we have power and duties so we need to play as a team.”

He has remained true to this, releasing the first tranche Château Lafite-Rothschild at around two thirds of last year’s average price – a very strident message to the Châteaux waiting to release their wines onto the market.

This is without doubt the cheapest available vintage of Lafite on the market – and by some distance – making it a very interesting purchase in a vintage where price is key.

2011 Château Lafite-Rothschild, 1er Cru Pauillac
£2799 per case of 6 bottles in bond
The wine is a very simple blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot. 2011 Lafite-Rothschild is a huge, powerful effort that manages levels of concentration rarely equalled in this vintage as well as a velvety, nuanced style and wonderful balance, refined tannins and incredible length. This is a wine that starts big, and grows in stature all the time during the multi-layered finish. It may be hard to dethrone.
Drinking: 2021-2040

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