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Date Printed: 4/24/2014
Chateau Lafite-Rothschild  2001
Chateau Lafite-Rothschild 2001
(search item no. 79551)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $199.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 100 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 99 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 100 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 99 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 98 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 99 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1989 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1988 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1988 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1986 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
1986 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1983 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1982 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
1959 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
1959 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The 2001 Lafite Rothschild's deep, saturated plum/purple color is accompanied by lead pencil liqueur-like notes intermixed with sweet red and black currants, plums, and cedar. This blend of 86.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13.5% Merlot is a classic example of Lafite. Extremely elegant, medium-bodied, with intense concentration, richness, and sweet tannin, it appears to be on a rapid evolutionary track, at least in comparison to recent Lafite vintages that have been far more backward and powerful. The classy 2001 should be at its finest between 2007-2020."
- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate


Number 7 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2004!

"Stick your nose in this and it says something: 'I am special.' Deep and generous aromas of blackberries, fresh tobacco and minerals. It's full-bodied, with big velvety tannins and a superlong finish. Like a fine cashmere sweater. Best after 2010."
-Wine Spectator

My Notes:

About Chateau Lafite-Rothschild:

Château Lafite-Rothschild is perhaps the most famous wine label in the world. The estate achieved wide popularity in the 1750s when it became the favorite wine of King Louis XV. Thomas Jefferson was also a steadfast customer and even visited the estate.

In 1868, Baron James de Rothschild became the owner of Lafite. He was a born dilettante, and it suited him to be the master of what, in 1855, was classified as first among the great wines of Médoc. Today, Baron Eric de Rothschild presides over this most famous Bordeaux estate.