The 1955 Lafite-Rothschild is more pale in color than the 1962 with a wide brick rim. The bouquet is understated but refined, with strawberry punnet and Morello scents, laced with crushed rose petals and pencil shavings. Light tannins on the palate for sure, but the acidity is pitched just right and it seduces with its comeliness and feminine guile on the finish. The 1955 Lafite lacks the arching structured of the Latour and therefore I recommend that this fully mature Lafite-Rothschild should be consumed over the next decade. Tasted at the Lafite-Rothschild dinner at Amuse Bouche in Hong Kong. Drink 2020-2050
Another great of the decade. It should be noted that the 1950s were called the decade of the century, especially for the odd-numbered years. Very mild February, cold and frosty in March. Flowering under very good conditions. A year with a summer heatwave, saved by welcome rains in September. A very good harvest, the first for Mr Portet, the new manager at Lafite, with ripe and plump grapes. The wines sold immediately. At the time, we didn’t keep anything and the merchant came to pick up all the wine. Notably frailer and less concentrated than the 1959. (What a treat to be able to compare these two vintages of a first growth.) Seductive nose with hints of violets and truffles though the acidity is just starting to poke through the fruit. But this was one of those wines that really grew in the glass. I would welcome any opportunity to taste it! Though if I had some in my cellar I would start to think about drinking it up. Drink NOW-2022
Distinguished by beautiful plummy, spicy flavors that are full and rich and made exotic by time. It's mature and complete, and what a finish!--Lafite Rothschild vertical. Drink NOW
One peek into Château Lafite's cellar is like entering into the 18th century. Its cobweb-covered chandeliers subtly light shadowy corridors that play host to hundreds of ancient vintages. Nothing could be more representative of its wine making philosophy - classic, stylish and yet powerful - characteristics that have made it one of the most collectible wines in the world. Situated in the north of Pauillac, Château Lafite-Rothschild sits on gravel soils with bits of limestone scattered in the mix. It is one of the largest estates in the Medoc and one of the most prominent, the wines exude elegance and finesse. The vineyard is laid out to mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) with the rest comprising Merlot (25%) Cabernet Franc (3%) and Petit Verdot (2%). The second wine, Carruades de Lafite, has a slightly more Merlot than the Grand Vin and is thus more approachable in its youth.
Due south of St Estèphe lies the appellation of Pauillac, the king of Left Bank communes. It is home to three first growths as well as a plethora of other classified growths. Pauillac's renowned well-draining, gravelly soils enable its dominant grape Cabernet Sauvignon to reach fantastic heights of complexity and concentration. As a result, Pauilac's wines tend to be full-bodied with compact tannins and good freshness. Its aromatics are often what one associates with classic Bordeaux: pencil shavings, black currant and occasional mint. Some of the most famous châteaux of the commune are Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande and Lynch Bages.