2017 Lafite Rothschild- 750 ml
Wine Critic Reviews:
James Suckling | 98 JS
A candidate for the wine of the vintage, the 2007 Lafite Rothschild... reveals classic Lafite aromas of graphite, unsmoked cigar tobacco, black currants, cherries, and a hint of truffles. The complex aromatics are followed by a round, medium to full-bodied wine with silky tannins, an overall subtle smoky component, and a rich, round, generous, plump finish. Already evolved and delicious, it should continue to drink well for two decades.
Robert Parker | 97-99 RP
Deep ruby in colour but not so inky as to be impenetrable - that is not their style. Nose subdued at first, but on the palate it unfurls to show violet edging and rich but well defined black fruits. Lafite never tries overly hard to please everyone in its early years, and this will take some time to open up. There is plenty of concentration - there are hefty tannins but they are so finessed that you don't feel them at first. It will almost certainly take a full ten years to reach its drinking window, unlike many in 2017. Its 97% Cabernet Sauvignon means a lot of the power is implied at this point, with only a hint of Merlot to soften and gently layer up through the palate. Extremely impressive. A yield of 40hl/ha, only very lightly affected by frost. 99% new oak. 3.75pH. Drinking Window 2025 - 2050
Decanter | 97 DEC
This wine is poised, gathering freshness and good acidity in the same structured container as the pure black-currant fruits. With 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine has a classicism about it: fruity and structured at the same time. Drink from 2024.
Wine Enthusiast | 97 WE
During en primeur, the 2017 Lafite-Rothschild was one of the most impressive wines of the Left Bank. Today, it is equally impressive. An ample, richly constituted wine, the 2017 is an unusually dark, somber Lafite, with a percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon that is among the highest ever here. There is a sort of monastic sense of austerity that gives the wine its impression of reserve. Dark cherry, plum, chocolate, licorice, spice and menthol develop in the glass, but it will be many years before it awakens. Readers will have to be patient but there is a lot to look forward to here. Like many of his colleagues, Technical Director Eric Kohler opted for gentle extractions and incorporated a relatively high amount of press wine (16%) into the blend. Those are merely details, though, because the 2017 Lafite is stellar.
Vinous Media | 96 VM
This is a youthful tumble of warmed black currant, fig and blackberry paste flavors, entwined with bay leaf, tobacco, savory, lilac, smoldering charcoal and warm cast iron notes. Terrific stony minerality zips everything up for now, but riveting acidity and excellent energy should carry this easily in the cellar. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2025 through 2040. 16,000 cases made.
Wine Spectator | 96 WS
The grand vin 2017 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild checks as a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blend that includes just 2.5% Merlot and less than 1% of Petit Verdot, brought up in new French oak. It shows the classy, elegant style of both the vintage and the estate, revealing a ruby/purple hue, complex notes of red and black currants, lead pencil, and cedary herbs, medium-bodied richness and depth, and both present tannins and acidity. It checks in behind the 2015 and 2016 yet is nevertheless a classic Lafite. It will benefit from a decade of bottle age and keep for 30 years or more.
Jeb Dunnuck | 94 JD
Sokolin 2017 Lafite Rothschild Tasting Notes:
This radiant wine already beams with beauty. Its aromas are so discreet and they slowly make their path to your nose, gently winning you over. You can already feel how well-balanced this wine is, even before it reaches your palate and your throat. On the palate, it's an enjoyable journey from light to dark, from cherries to plum, a journey through layers of sweetness and acidity, through juicy and delightful tannins, to an amazing aftertaste that will linger around for a while.
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tastes like a dreamI admit I have been a bit skeptical about tasting this wine at first, but I stumbled upon it during a blind tasting event and I couldn't avoid it. Nor should I have! I would've never found out what I had been missing on! This Rothschild tastes like a dream. It's such a baby, but already so powerful. I can only imagine the future that lies ahead of it. It will be absolutely sublime and unparalleled once it reaches full maturity. And it definitely has strong aging potential.<br/><br/>This is almost pure Cabernet Sauvignon, one of my favorites, so I really can't be impartial here. No matter what my preferences are, this wine is a must-have - at least in my book. If you enjoy fruity wines, plums, dark cherries, and currants, you'll adore this baby. Let it settle and be surprised in the decades to come!
Drinkable and gentle on the palateI feel unable to form a complete impression about this Lafite Rothschild because it's still too young. It does show a lot of potential, and it's undoubtedly worthy of its name, but it's really important to let it settle and wait for a few years to give it a proper grade.<br/><br/>For now, I can tell there's much harmony - great acidity, splendid tannins, fantastic texture. Drinkable and gentle on the palate. The nose opens up quite quickly, there are some black currants and black tea. On the palate, you can feel cassis, truffle, lots of sweetness. It's dense, with a good aftertaste. I want to give it another chance in a few more years, I feel like it will blow me away when it's fully mature. But then again, you can never go wrong with a Pauillac. The absolute kind among Cabernet and Merlot blends.