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Bordeaux, 2016. Chateau Lafitte

Bordeaux, 2016. Chateau Lafitte

Item #: B0620R1IF
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Bordeaux
Vineyard/Appellation: A.O.C. Bordeaux, France
Color: Very Dense
Nose: Plum, Cassis
Palate: Imposing Tannins
Finish: Cherry, Spice, Earth
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2030/Red Meat/14% Alcohol by Volume

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When you see a wine called Chateau Lafitte, your first thought might be to wonder if there are any attorneys in France. After all, it's just one letter different from the famous Chateau Lafite, and so they could easily be mistaken. Imagine if someone in California called their wine Robert Mondavvi, or Berringer (the winery Beringer has only one "r.") The line of attorneys would pile passed the vines.

But, of course, there's a simple explanation, one which wouldn't even bat one's eye. The famous Chateau Lafite in Pauillac was founded by the La Fite family, who later joined the two words into Lafite. Chateau Laffite was founded by Raymond Laffite in 1763, a well-known wine merchant of the time. Well, there goes that retainer.

Lafitte will never attain the heights, or price, of Lafite, but it has been a highly respected property for over 150 years. Through the years, it has had a succession of owners. Still, the current ones, who own several properties in Meynac, decided to improve the wine by hiring one of the most famous winemaking consultants in the world, Michell Rolland.

One man can make a difference, and it is rather obvious here. The grapes are the same, 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, but the wine is other-worldly. Here is Bordeaux at its best, showing off the dense soil for character and blissful winemaking. It allows mature grapes to flaunt in the face of a masterful dish of roast beef in a Cognac; black pepper cream finished with morels.