Lafite Rothschild 2017

Pauillac, First Growth

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During en primeur, the 2017 Lafite-Rothschild was one of the most impressive wines of the Left Bank. Today, it is equally impressive. An ample, richly constituted wine, the 2017 is an unusually dark, somber Lafite, with a percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon that is among the highest ever here. There is a sort of monastic sense of austerity that gives the wine its impression of reserve. Dark cherry, plum, chocolate, licorice, spice and menthol develop in the glass, but it will be many years before it awakens. Readers will have to be patient but there is a lot to look forward to here. Like many of his colleagues, Technical Director Eric Kohler opted for gentle extractions and incorporated a relatively high amount of press wine (16%) into the blend. Those are merely details, though, because the 2017 Lafite is stellar.

Score: 96

Antonio Galloni, Maturity: 2027-2057 01 March 2020

The 2017 Lafite Rothschild grand vin is a 96/3.5/0.5 Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc blend that is winey and intense, with a very focused beam of red and black currant fruit inlaid with a long graphite note. Racy and lively acidity is well embedded and the finish has serious drive, allowing extra bay leaf, savory and iron notes to kick in. It's very straight and very long.

Score: -

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator 04 April 2018