2003 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1008456

96-100 points Robert Parker: "One of the vintage's most prodigious wines, the 2003 may be a modern day clone of the 1959. Unusually opulent and viscous, with a dense purple color and an amazingly complex nose of scorched earth, Asian soy, balsamic vinegar, black currants, plums and even some figs, Lafite tips the scales at 12.75 alcohol (less than expected)... A wine of great intensity, tremendous viscosity and density with low acidity...and a magnificent finish, but all with great precision, purity, and freshness, this is a tour de force in winemaking..." (04/05) 95-100 points Wine Spectator: "Currants, blackberries, cedar and light tobacco. Very pure and fresh, like crushed berries. Full-bodied, with a solid core of ripe tannins and a long, long finish. Exciting, yet polished and refined. This is a rich and structured Lafite. Very classic style." (04/04) Barrel sample according to Clyde Beffa, K&L's Bordeaux Buyer: "86% cabernet sauvignon, 9% merlot, 3% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot. Deep, rich nose of cassis and toasty oak. Thick mid-palate-long and sweet. Big wine with very long aftertaste. Has finesse, but a brute of a wine-concentrated. Will cellar well for many years. Outstanding. **.5+" (04/04) Please Note - The 2003 Bordeaux futures will be bottled from April 2005 to August 2005 (approx.) and sent here sometime between January 2006 and July 2007 (with few possible exceptions delayed further). When the wines arrive we will contact you (via US Postal Service)


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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

Specific Appellation:

Pauillac

- Pauillac is probably the most famous village in Bordeaux. Located between St. Julien and St. Estephe, it has more of the top ranked chateau than the other four appellations of the Haut Medoc. This area has three of the five premier cru classe wineries: Lafite Rothschild, Latour, and Mouton Rothschild. There are two of the top second-growths (Pichon Lalande and Pichon Baron) as well as several outstanding fourth and fifth-growth chateaux including Lynch Bages. Because of the gravely soils and great drainage, Pauillac has the ideal conditions to grow great Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines from this village are some of the longest-lived in Bordeaux.