2005 Lafite Rothschild

- 750 ml
100
DEC
Availability: Available Soon
Rating:
90% of 100
$1,435.00
Availability: In stock
Product ID
32294-750-XX1

Wine Critic Reviews:

This stunning wine is still extremely young, with an amazingly expressive nose with tea leaf hints. The aromatics keep building and building in the glass, and the elegance and persistency shine through. This was a drought year, unusual because it was almost perfect from beginning to end with not a drop of rain from May to October. Temperatures were not hot like 2003, of course, so the ripening was slow and complete, with relatively small yields and relatively high alcohol. This is full of energy and the flavours just keep on going, while those tannis have really started to embrace the fruit and showcase their elegance. It's concentrated and luscious yet focussed and beautifully balanced - the perfect example of how they don't need excess to deliver something truly extraordinary in Bordeaux. Drinking Window 2020 - 2045

Decanter | 100 DEC
An incredible nose, so subtle with red fruits, mint, minerals, and all sorts of flowers give way to Cohiba cigar tobacco. The palate has such freshness and density, with perfectly polished tannins. Slightly leathery, like a wonderful Hermes bag. What a wine, please leave this for another ten years. Pull the cork in 2020. 10% Merlot. Find the wine

James Suckling | 100 JS
This wine is initially dense, almost thick enough to be cut with a knife. But then it becomes apparent that this is beautifully integrated and balanced, bringing together power, with the hallmark Lafite style and poise. In the end, you have a wine that promises an impressive aging potential along with delicious black currant fruits, acidity and a layer of striking tannins. Imported by Domaines Barons de Rothschild and multiple U.S. importers.

Wine Enthusiast | 99 WE
Made in an ethereal style, the 2005 Lafite is composed of nearly 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, just under 11% Merlot, and a tiny fraction of Petit Verdot (representing only 40% of the total harvest). It is a deep, structured, linear style of Lafite Rothschild that is in total contrast to the opulence and extravagant richness of the 2003 and the bold, dramatic power of the 2000. The dense ruby/plum/purple-tinged 2005 offers up scents of graphite, flowers, crushed rocks, and loads of berry fruit. Medium-bodied and sweet with high tannin, it represents the quintessentially elegant style of Bordeaux. Another brilliant effort made under the auspices of administrator Charles Chevalier, it should be at its finest between 2015-2050+.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 98 RP
Lafite is the most elegant of the firsts in 2005; it also may be the most romantic. The wine's heady scent of new oak rises in harmony with the succulent red fruit. Then the tannins come on with a gentle roar, layering the perception of flavors in subtle shadings. There's not a trace of the hyperintensity that so many young 2005s wear as if required for their longevity. The stones of Lafite grow something more numinous than that, a wine with the power to strike an emotional chord through taste. This will be one of the longest lived wines of 2005. Diageo Château & Estate Wines, NY

Wine & Spirits | 98 W&S
Delivers blackberry, dried porcini, tobacco and licorice aromas. Full-bodied, with layers of velvety tannins and loads of dark chocolate, cigar box, currant, berry and mineral. The finish is long, with a coffee, almost meaty, aftertaste. Very beautiful and balanced. Best after 2013.

Wine Spectator | 98 WS
($1; 700-$2,300) Bright medium ruby. Knockout nose combines black- and redcurrant, minerals, graphite, licorice and lavender. Wonderfully suave and seamless, but with great purity and precision of flavor and terrific inner-palate perfume and lift. This dances over every square millimeter of the palate. Almost painfully young today, with an impression of fresh acidity serving to intensify the wine's flavors. About as austere a wine as I tasted from this vintage in April and yet it's not hard. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and a whiplash of minerally perfume. I'd forget about this one for about 15 years.

Vinous Media | 97 VM

Sokolin 2005 Lafite Rothschild Tasting Notes:

What makes a wine great? Is it the taste, the smell, the color? How do you know a wine is first-class? Worth your time and your money? Worth sharing it with people you care about or the ones you're trying to impress? Take a look, and a sip of the 2005 Lafite Rothschild. This beauty has it all.

And by all, we mean a lavish, incredible bouquet of black currant and cedar with some hints of chocolate and beautiful minerals. We also mean a ravishing, deep color sitting so elegantly in your glass. We mean the explosion of taste on your palate. You simply cannot decide what you like more - the velvety, smooth texture of this full-bodies Cabernet blend, the majestic balance between sweetness and acidity, the energy this wine awakens within your soul, or the polished tannins and delightful, pure dark fruit flavors.
More Information
Availability Available Soon
Vintage 2005
Format 750 ml
Color Red
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Lafite
Rating 100 DEC
Region Bordeaux: Even among the greatest and most reputable wine regions on the planet, Bordeaux stands above the rest. The winemakers of this region have a single-minded dedication to the fine art of viticulture and their efforts never fail to show. If you consider yourself a fine wine enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to visit Bordeaux - life changing. Whether you wish to drink some inspirational and gripping wine as soon as possible, or you want to add some masterpieces to your collection, no region on Earth is a more obvious choice. The noble and beautiful Garonne and Dordogne rivers surge through southwestern France, enriching the soil in a way very few other places can boast. The limestone-based earth is rich in calcium, and the almost oceanic climate conditions give the staple Bordeaux grape varietals vigor and flavor like nowhere else. For their illustrious reds, Bordeaux winemakers rely on a proven combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Meanwhile, a sip of their excellent white wine hints at the use of Semillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc.Each of these varietals carries a unique identity, making every quality wine a character piece to rival Citizen Kane. It can be incredibly hard to choose only a few wines to collect for your cellar!
Type of Wine Bordeaux Red: Picture in your mind a combination of cedar, lead pencil, blackcurrant, plum and mineral aromatics, and texture that caresses your palate like a playful lover. The experience is thrilling from the first whiff to the final seconds of a tannic, generous finish - that is what you'll get from a Bordeaux Red
OWC No
Varietal Bordeaux Blend: Since its birth in France, the art of Bordeaux-inspired blends has been brought to regions like California, and Washington, where New World visionaries add their own unique spin to the formula, creating mouth-watering tributes to Bordeaux's viticultural greatness. Today, with a compelling cultural mixture, sampling Bordeaux blends is more excited than ever.
Customer Reviews
  1. second tasting wasn't the same
    Product Rating
    80%
    I had this wine at a party, a sample among some others and it completely blew my mind. Its tobacco and cherry spirit offset by perfect acidity and tastefully highlighted by mineral streaks and pencil shavings. The texture I couldn't believe was so effortlessly smooth and the finish I don't even need to mention, as the wine was all I was talking about the entire evening. I don't know what happened, but once I uncorked my own bottle, the experience wasn't the same. Perhaps I'd built it up so much over the course of the party that my memory of it got a bit distorted. I suppose it's one of those experiences that don't hit you the same way the second time around as they did initially. Don't get me wrong, the wine is excellent and I was happy to drink it again, but the first impressions remain unsurmountable.

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  2. proud to have a jewel like this in my cellar
    Product Rating
    100%
    Loaded with ripeness, dark plum and cherry, the color of it said enough on its own. A fresh, enticing vintage with violets and soil and a powerful force behind it, a side like beastiality. The 2005 is a pinnacle moment for Lafite and that's not one man's opinion. Swift and packed with aroma, gorgeously layered and prolonged infinitely. The first bottle was gone in a moment's time but I was gifted a second one, a gift for which I'm eternally grateful. I'm proud to have a jewel like this in my cellar, waiting for an occasion worthy of such a big and beautiful presence.

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