1949 - Ch Lafite Rothschild 1er Cru Pauillac (Non OWC) (Damaged Labels)
0649LAFI6PKSCDL _ 1949 - Ch Lafite Rothschild 1er Cru Pauillac (Non OWC) (Damaged Labels) - 6x75cl
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Lafite Rothschild
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot
Drinking
- NOW
Case size
6x75cl

1949 CH LAFITE ROTHSCHILD 1ER CRU PAUILLAC (NON OWC) (DAMAGED LABELS) - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Lafite Rothschild
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot
Drinking
- NOW
Case size
6x75cl

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Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, July 2018,
    Score: 92

    The bottle of 1949 Lafite-Rothschild was reconditioned at the property in 1989, and although featherweight compared to the 1949 Latour, it is a wonderful mature Pauillac. Clear in color, the 1949 has a tuile core commensurate with its age. It delivers an ethereal, transparent bouquet with red cherry, meat juices, cedar and pine trees, all beautifully defined and with exquisite detail, if never a powerful set of aromatics. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin, perfectly judged acidity, lighter in style than other 1949s but with a beguiling pretty, slightly savory finish with black truffle shaved over the aftertaste. This is a classic and quite understated Lafite-Rothschild that steps aside and allows Mouton-Rothschild and Latour to take all the accolades. Tasted at the Lafite-Rothschild dinner at Amuse Bouche in Hong Kong. Drink NOW-2030

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, November 2007,
    Score: 18

    Bright crimson. Lots of acid and pretty light bodied. Very, very lightweight and a little weedy but there is some richness in what is left of the fruit core. This was clearly a very successful vintage and must have been a good drink at its peak. Could be great if tasted in isolation but it rather suffered in contrast to the Mouton 1949 served alongside. Drink NOW

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Producer

Château Lafite Rothschild

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.

Region

Pauillac

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.