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Date Printed: 12/17/2014
Chateau Lafite-Rothschild  2002
Chateau Lafite-Rothschild 2002
(search item no. 84734)
collectible wine
older vintages

Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 12/17/2014: $789.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 94 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 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com 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
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 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 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 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 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1983 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1982 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
1981 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1979 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1959 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
1959 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Bubbling over with crushed berries, currants and spices, with tobacco notes. Beautiful. Full-bodied, with gorgeously velvety tannins and a long finish of pretty fruit. This is a racy yet elegant Lafite. Classy. Best after 2010. 16,000 cases made."

"A brilliant offering and a candidate for wine of the vintage, this is classic Lafite that reminded me somewhat of the 1976, although the vintage conditions were completely different. This is a medium-weight, quintessentially elegant style of Lafite with notes of lead pencil shavings/graphite along with black currants, plums, and crushed rocks/mineral. Wonderfully pure, dense, with a deep ruby/purple color and loads of fruit, definition, and a long finish, this is a brilliant, elegant Lafite Rothschild that builds incrementally in the mouth and has more power and density than it initially seems. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2025." - Robert Parker

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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.