2011 Pauillac 1er Cru Classe, Bordeaux.
The Chateau Lafite-Rothschild wine comes from an exceptional terroir. This legendary wine is considered as one of the best Pauillac and even as the very first wine! This 2011 is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot.
The wine reveals a deep and strong purple colour and a dense nose marked by red and black berries as well as boxwood aromas, and underlined by spicy notes. The 2011 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild is characterised by a great density. The finish is rather complex.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot (harvested between September 3-21), the 2011 Lafite Rothschild came in at 12.6% natural alcohol (considerably lower than in 2010 and 2009). Exhibiting a deep ruby/purple color, lots of crushed rock, red and black currant, forest floor and underbrush characteristics, moderate tannin and medium body, it is built somewhat along the lines of the 1999 and 2001. It should be a 20- to 25-year wine, but it is not at the level of the 2008, 2009 and 2010. Fresh acids give the wine a somewhat more clipped feeling than most great Lafites have exhibited. Nevertheless, there is a lot of freshness and vibrancy to this vintage.