Source:Interim End of July 2016, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 29th Jul 2016 (RP-93)
Tasted at the Chateau, the 1985 Lafite-Rothschild was the best example of this wine that I have tasted a dozen or so times. It has a beautiful nose that is just classic Lafite. It is still fresh yet understated, stately even, with tobacco and cedar-tinged red berry fruit. It is not a powerful bouquet, but there is something…magnetic about it. The palate is still youthful with fine tannin, like the nose, understated yet very well balanced. The acidity here is perfectly judged with an almost nonchalant finish. You almost miss its virtues – it is just so self-effacing and insouciant. Just a really lovely Lafite-Rothschild at the peak of its powers. Tasted March 2016.
Drink Date: 2016 – 2030
Known as The King’s Wine, Chateau Lafite Rothschild is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious and collectable wines in the world. With several generations of expertise and tradition upheld by the Rothschild family, the Chateaux of Domaines Baron de Rothschild continue to dominate with inimitable wines full of finesse and elegance vintage after vintage.
A vintage of historical importance, 1968 marks the Rothschild family’s 100th anniversary at Lafite. Stored at Lafite’s private cellars since bottling, and reconditioned in 2013, the bottles are in pristine condition. This batch of Lafite Rothschild 1968 is the final batch of stocks released by the Chateau, an unmissable opportunity for fine wine lovers to own this incredibly rare bottle. Delightful and approachable, this is an exceptional wine that is over 50 years old, making it a wonderful gift for extraordinary occasions and a prized must-have for Lafite collectors.