2004 Chateau Lafite Rothschild 6.0 L

Year: 2004
Appellation: Pauillac
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 96--Jeff Leve: 96
Red Wine


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"Intense aromas of currant, coffee, toasty oak and sweet tobacco follow through to a full-bodied palate, with velvety tannins, great mouthfeel and a long finish. A refined Lafite. Best after 2012. 22,080 cases made." (WS)

"Tasted at Bordeaux Index annual 10-year on tasting from an ex-ch√Ęteau bottle. At ten years of age, the Lafite-Rothschild 2004 is beginning to show more intensity on the nose compared to the Mouton 2004, with strong graphite and pencil box aromas. This could only be a Pauillac. The palate is medium-bodied with precise black fruit, graphite and spice aromas. There is very good depth and harmony towards the finish, real weight in the mouth with a long persistent finish of red berry fruit laced with graphite. This is very classy - as usual. Tasted March 2014." (WA)

"($168-$230) Medium ruby-red. Scented nose offers plum, mocha, licorice, graphite, flowers and tobacco. Suave, silky and fine-grained, with lovely inner-mouth aromatic character and energy. Perfumed flavors of redcurrant, minerals and cedar. Finishes very long and firm, with terrific grip for this mostly gentle vintage." (VM)

"Yes, there is power to this wine. But more than that, it exudes authority; a dense and solid wine with an impressive presence and texture. It has a velvet mouthfeel: the tannins are dusty and mineral, alongside fruit flavors of ripe black plums and dark figs, leavened with fresh acidity. The potential, of course, is there: 20 years if you can wait." (WE)

"This is dark, almost opaque in color. The aromatics remain primary with cassis, cedar and earthy notes in the lead. The tannins are ripe, soft and round. This incredibly rich, powerful and opulently styled wine is not open, unless you're seeking a science project. The power and finesse of this stylish wine only hint at what consumers will taste in 15 or more years. As a comparison, an 04 La Mission Haut Brion was paired against the 04 Lafite, and the La Mission was eviscerated. The La Mission was light and boring next to the Lafite, none of us paid it much attention! 04 Lafite is a definite contender for wine of the vintage. 96 points - Tasted Jan 4, 2010" (JL)