Château Lafite Rothschild Critic Appraisal

In terms of the total number of ‘perfect-point’ awards from Parker, Lafite is second to none on the Left Bank and second only to Petrus in all of Bordeaux! Among the Old World wine regions, there are a handful of vineyards who will find their tasting notes embellished with the word ethereal. The aforementioned Petrus is one, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti another But even those prestigious names do not resonate amongst the wine world, nor do they echo across oceans, in the way Lafite does.

What is astonishing, is not the number of 100-point ratings the Grand Vin attains, but the consistency of the ratings – in the 16 vintages since 1995, Lafite has an average Parker rating of 96.5! And it’s not just Parker… James Suckling awarded 95.77 and the notoriously difficult-to-please Jancis Robinson rated an average of 18.27(out of 20) across the same period.