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Chateau Lafite Rothschild Premier Cru Classe, Pauillac


Excellent levels and appearance, tissue wrapped.

The Indian summer, this great weather in early autumn, once again saved a vintage that conveyed deep emotions to the passionate winegrowers that we are. We had known since May that the crop would not be large, flowering having taken place under cold and damp conditions, favouring poor fruit set and uneven ripening. The heat in June had given us high hopes, quickly dashed by a grey and rainy July and August. In early September, therefore, the Bordelais were not very confident. But long live the Indian summer, that accompanied the final ripening of the grapes under exceptional conditions!
This was our first mystery vintage, served blind. I initially guessed 2001, largely because I'd put 2002 completely out of my mind. Very rich and nuanced on the nose, then there was an impression of sweet ink, before sweet soft fruit that almost covers the perceptible tannins that impart a slightly drying finish. The acidity is a little obvious. Just slightly pinched and awkward at the moment and the balance is less than perfect but it's very good for a 2002! Jancis Robinson (May 2018) JancisRobinson.com



Purchased en primeur through The Wine Society and recently removed especially for this sale. Currently lying at LCB.

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17/20 JR JancisRobinson.com

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Chateau Lafite Rothschild Premier Cru Classe, Pauillac, 2002

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Quantity: 3, 75cl

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