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Château Lafite Rothschild 2009 Pauillac Premier Grand Cru Classé

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1st Grand Cru Classé in 1855.

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A vintage of perfection in the Bordeaux vineyards, 2009 benefited from the right climatic conditions for the elaboration of great red wines. Following a wet spring, good weather and dryness settled in during the whole summer period. The alternation of warm days and cool nights in September and October allowed a slow and complete maturation of the different grape varieties, giving them an exceptional oenological quality, with concentration and aromatic freshness.

Blend of the 2009 vintage: 82.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 0.5% Petit Verdot.

The color is a very dark red, almost black, with beautiful ruby highlights.

The nose offers a magnificent and very complex bouquet of ripe red fruits, black cherry, licorice and Zan, supported by spices and a subtle toasted woodiness.

The attack is elegant and silky, revealing a finely chiseled tannic structure that gives the wine volume and precision. It evolves in the middle of the mouth on an almost creamy texture, with flavors of black fruits, spices and truffle. The finish is long, refined and very fresh. A very great vintage from Lafite Rothschild.

Food and wine pairing:

Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2009 will go wonderfully with a Chateaubriand with a truffle sauce, a rack of lamb from the Clavisy farm, a filet of duckling with the scent of autumn, saddle of rabbit cooked at low temperature or a veal mignon with cardamom.

For a pairing with cheese, choose uncooked pressed cheeses: Edam, Gouda, Saint-nectaire, morbier, Tomme de Savoie or Salers.

For dessert, it will be exquisite with an Opéra cake, Yann Couvreur's Caribbean entremets or a Grand Cru chocolate tartlet.

Ageing potential and tasting:

Château Lafite Rothschild 2009 is the archetypal great Pauillac for aging, which can be kept for several more years in the cellar. Its peak will be reached between 2035 and 2040.

However, it can be wonderfully enjoyed today. To do so, take care to place the bottle the night before in the serving room at a room temperature between 15 and 18°C. Open it and decant it ideally 6 to 7 hours before tasting.

The bottles should be kept in the cellar, protected from light, lying down, at an optimal hygrometric degree of 70%.

Size : 750ml
Alcohol Degree : 13°
Appellation : Pauillac
Vintage : 2009
Color : Red
Classification : 1st Classified Growth

Château Lafite is first and foremost of distant origins and a reputation that also dates back to a very distant past. Château Lafite is located on the most beautiful ridges of Pauillac, a territory which the poet Ausone already spoke about around the year 325 AD in his Epitres to Théon: "Pauliacus, tanti non mihi villa forest" (Epit VIth).

The lords of Lafite had the right to justice throughout the Middle Ages and until the Revolution in this territory. Lafite wine owes its great reputation to its taste of almonds and its scent of violets and this is the main reason why this wine has always enjoyed a great reputation and that it is served at all times on royal tables, for example at Versailles.

It was in 1868 that the Château and its vineyard were bought by James de Rothschild who gave it his name from that date.

It is a Premier Grand Cru Classé according to the prestigious list of 1855.

The vineyard, whose average age is 45 years, is planted on a soil and subsoil of gravel and gravel clay.

The grape variety: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot noir, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

The surface area of ​​the vineyard is 105 hectares for an average production of 556 barrels, ie around 500,000 bottles.

The harvest is entirely manual and the wine is aged in new barrels entirely over a period of 20 months.

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