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HARVEST & AGEING
Inspired by a grand tradition of quality, the Domaines teams have one priority: selection. Their mastery and perfect knowledge of Bordelais
cepages are responsible for the unparalleled quality of their wines. The 2003 vintage had a low yield and the characteristics of a hot climate wine. This was followed by the 2004 which was slower to ripen, marked by the oceanic climate and high yield. The result is a wine offering both freshness and elegance. It is also a classical vintage, that means with good ageing potential. The harvest took place from September 10th to the 26th. Traditional vinification method was used: the grapes were de-stemmed and crushed. This was followed by alcoholic fermentation under temperature control, maceration, and afterwards, malolactic fermentation. Maceration lasted 3 weeks, and malolactic fermentation took place in stainless steel vats for 15 days to a month. The wine was aged for 12 to 18 months in barrels, followed by fining with egg whites.
The color is a dark ruby, with an elegant and intense nose dominated by spicy aromas (black pepper), licorice, leather and toasted notes. The
first impression on the palate is supple leading to tight but mellow tannins. Good freshness and a long spicy finish.
Owner of Château Lafite Rothschild for five generations, the Rothschild family has been based in this Bordeaux vineyard since 1868. High values and the respect of traditional methods make them passionate about harmony and excellence. Their wines bear witness to that passion year after year. Their skills have patiently enriched through the generations, with world-renowned success.
This wine is from Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite)-Each wine is made with high standards delivering wines of elegance and finesse in the tradition of our great Bordeaux house, Chateau Lafite-Rothschild.
The Big Three
Home to three premier cru (first growth) chateaux, Pauillac is a leader in quality Bordeaux. Chateaux Latour, Lafite Rothschild and Mouton Rothschild are situated within the Pauillac appellation. Sandwiched between St.-Estephe and St.-Julien, Pauillac wines are big - known for their combination of elegance and power.
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Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...Read More About Bordeaux Red Blends
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