2004 Chateau Lafite Rothschild 750ml

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Château Lafite Rothschild, the name itself a whisper of prestige in the world of fine wine, needs little introduction. Yet, the 2004 vintage transcends mere reputation, emerging as a masterclass in elegance and aging potential. From its meticulously nurtured grapes to its patiently crafted palate, this Lafite Rothschild unveils a tapestry of flavours waiting to be explored.

A Challenging Journey to Perfection:

Nature wasn't always kind to the 2004 vintage. A damp winter and chilly spring gave way to warmer June and July, but August's mildness and a cool September demanded patience. The grapes, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon with touches of Merlot and Petit Verdot, ripened slowly, accumulating nuanced complexity with each passing day. This deliberate pace, meticulously guided by Château Lafite Rothschild's winemaking team, laid the foundation for a truly exceptional wine.

Crafted with Time in Mind:

Following harvest, the chosen grapes embarked on a meticulous journey. Each batch fermented in small vessels, coaxing out their individual character. Then, for 18 to 20 months, they slumbered in the embrace of 100% new French oak barrels. This extended aging, a hallmark of great Lafite Rothschild vintages, imparted subtle tannins and whispers of oak, weaving them seamlessly into the tapestry of the wine.

A Symphony of Flavours Emerges:

On the nose, the 2004 Lafite Rothschild initially plays coy, revealing itself slowly with gentle coaxing. Hints of dark fruit emerge, laced with whispers of roasted notes and a touch of cedar. As it unfurls, the palate explodes with vibrant life. Rich, velvety tannins frame a core of blackcurrant, cassis, and blackberry, their intensity balanced by an undercurrent of refreshing acidity. The finish, long and silky, lingers on the tongue, leaving an indelible memory of pure luxury.

Acclaim from the Masters:

The 2004 Lafite Rothschild has garnered universal praise from the world's most discerning palates. Decanter Magazine lauds its "deep, dark ruby-red" color and "classic Lafite" nose, while Jeff Leve of The Wine Cellar Insider highlights its "elegance and refined character" and its unfolding complexity. Even the ever-critical Jancis Robinson MW bestows it with a resounding 18/20, commending its "excellent freshness" and "good concentration of deep, dark fruit."

A Journey Through Time:

While already captivating on release, the 2004 Lafite Rothschild's true potential lies in its remarkable aging ability. Its suggested drinking window stretches from 2012 to 2050, and with proper cellaring, its depth and complexity will continue to evolve for decades to come. Owning a bottle is akin to owning a piece of liquid history, a testament to the enduring legacy of Château Lafite Rothschild.

More than just a Wine:

The 2004 Château Lafite Rothschild is more than just a beverage; it's an experience. It's an invitation to savour the meticulous craftsmanship, the patience of nature, and the artistry of the winemaker. It's a journey through time, a promise of future rewards for those who choose to wait.

So, uncork a bottle, let the symphony of flavours unfold, and lose yourself in the magic of a truly exceptional Bordeaux.

Here's a quick recap of the key details:

  • Region: Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
  • Classification: 1er Grand Cru Classé
  • Blend: 90.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 0.5% Petit Verdot
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Sweetness: Dry
  • Winemaker: Charles Chevalier
  • Production Volume: 16,000 cases
  • Closure: Cork
  • Drinking Window: 2012-2050

Whether you're a seasoned collector or a curious novice, the 2004 Château Lafite Rothschild is an experience waiting to be savoured. Open a bottle, and let the legacy unfold.


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