CHATEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD 2002

Wine Region: Medoc, France

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Tasting Notes

A brilliant offering and a candidate for wine of the vintage, this is classic Lafite that reminded me somewhat of the 1976, although the vintage conditions were completely different. This is a medium-weight, quintessentially elegant style of Lafite with notes of lead pencil shavings/graphite along with black currants, plums, and crushed rocks/mineral. Wonderfully pure, dense, with a deep ruby/purple color and loads of fruit, definition, and a long finish, this is a brilliant, elegant Lafite Rothschild that builds incrementally in the mouth and has more power and density than it initially seems.

Ratings

Wine Spectator 95 pts - Bubbling over with crushed berries, currants and spices, with tobacco notes. Beautiful. Full-bodied, with gorgeously velvety tannins and a long finish of pretty fruit. This is a racy yet elegant Lafite. Classy. Best after 2010.

Robert Parker 94 pts - A brilliant offering and a candidate for wine of the vintage, this is classic Lafite that reminded me somewhat of the 1976, although the vintage conditions were completely different. This is a medium-weight, quintessentially elegant style of Lafite with notes of lead pencil shavings/graphite along with black currants, plums, and crushed rocks/mineral. Wonderfully pure, dense, with a deep ruby/purple color and loads of fruit, definition, and a long finish, this is a brilliant, elegant Lafite Rothschild that builds incrementally in the mouth and has more power and density than it initially seems. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2025.

About the Winery

In 1815, Mr. Lawton in the journal of the brokerage firm of the same name establishes a first classification of the Cru Médoc that will be very close to the 1855 ranking. Lafite is already at the top: "I classified as possessing the most elegance and delicacy and the finest sap of the three [first wines] ". He added, "The position of its vines is one of the most beautiful in the Médoc". The vintage 1834 was very successful, 1841 and especially 1846 excellent. The classification of classified growths for the Exposition Universelle in Paris, in 1855, officially recognized, not without some intrigues and Parisian events, the place of Lafite as the "first of the first wines". This ranking would be the point of reference for an era of unprecedented prosperity for the Medoc. Among the vintages of this period are the 1847, 1848, 1858, 1864, 1869, 1870 and 1876 in particular.



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