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The Trilogy of Pauillac 1970-2011

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Trilogy of Pauillac 1970-2011 (Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild)

Château Latour

Owner: François Pinault

Area: 65ha (which 47ha for great wine)

Grape: 75% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot, 4% cabernet franc and 1% of petit verdot

Planting density: 10 000 vines/ha35 – Average grape age : 40 years old

Average yield: 45hl/ha

Breeding: Fermentation in stainless steel vats, malolactic completed after running off, aging in new oak barrels; quarterly racking barrel to barrel, collage, no filtration.


At maturity in 10 to 30 years depending on the vintage.


1970 (WS : 91)«Elegant and gorgeous to drink now. Peaked. Ruby red color with an amber edge. Lovely aromas of plum, berry and mint. Full-bodied, with currant, dried herb character.»

1982 (RP : 100)«The dense, opaque garnet-colored 1982 Latour reveals slight amber at the edge. Sweet, smoky, roasted aromas in the nose combine with jammy levels of black currant, cherry, and prune-like fruit. It possesses extraordinary concentration and unctuosity, with a thick, fat texture oozing notes of cedar wood, tobacco, coffee, and over-ripe fruit. Low acidity as well as high alcohol (for Bordeaux) give the wine even more glycerin and textural chewiness. The finish lasts forever. The only Latour that remotely resembles the 1982 is the 1961, which has a similar texture and succulence.»

1990 (WS : 100)«This is one of my favorite wines ever. Full-bodied, with layers of silky fruit and masses of currant, mineral and berry character. Amazing. It's a wine with perfect structure, perfect strength. It's 1961 Latour in modern clothes.»

2000 (WS : 100)«A young wine that electrifies every taste bud in your mouth. Compacted aromas of crushed currants and minerals, with roses and lilacs. Full-bodied, with masses of silky, refined tannins and a finish that lasts for minutes. Stunning. Best Latour since 1990.»

2005 (WS : 99)««The colossal 2005 Latour is a wine for the ages…the black/purple-hued 2005 exhibits high tannin, prodigious concentration, unbelievable purity, amazing freshness and vibrancy, and almost surreal definition and nuances for such a young wine. It is a huge, fresh, backward yet incredibly pure effort that represents a modern day classic, but don't expect the opulence and exotic sweetness of the 2003. It will close down after bottling, and require at least a decade of cellaring before consuming.»

Robert Parker & The Wine Advocate

Château Mouton Rothschild

Owner: Philippine de Rothschild

Area: 78 ha

Grape: 77% cabernet sauvignon, 11% merlot, 10% cabernet franc, 2% petit verdot

Planting density: 8500 vines/ha

Average yield: 40 to 50hl/ha

Breeding: Fermentation and maceration of 15-25 days in wooden barrels, aging from 19 to 22 months in new oak, no filtration


At maturity in 10 to 50 years depending on the vintage.


1970 (RP : 90)«Opulent, full-bodied, thick, and juicy, the extraordinary evolution of this particular bottle would make a persuasive argument for long-term decanting.»

1982 (RP : 100)«I have always felt the 1982 Mouton was perfect, yet this immortal effort might be capable of lasting for 100 years! The fact that it resists oxidation is a testament to just how youthful it remains, and how long it will last. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2075.»

1998 (RP : 96)«Like many of its peers, the 1998 has filled out spectacularly. It has awesome concentration, mouth-searing tannin levels, and a saturated flavor profile that grips the mouth with considerable intensity.»

2000 (RP : 97+)«Dense, chewy, and backward, with tremendous purity and density in addition to obvious toasty oak, it is full-bodied, powerful, tannic, and backward. This blockbuster will be exceptionally long-lived.»

Robert Parker & The Wine Advocate

Château Lafite Rothschild

Owner: Barons de Rothschild

Area: 178 ha

Grape: 71% cabernet sauvignon, 25% merlot, 3% cabernet franc, 1% petit verdot

Breeding: Aging from 18 to 20 months in new barrels


At maturity in 10 to 50 years depending on the vintage.


1976 (RP : 93)«The 1976 Lafite clearly stands far above the crowd in this vintage. A beautiful bouquet of seductive cedarwood, spices, and ripe fruit precedes a very concentrated, darkly colored wine, with great length and texture. Some amber is just beginning to appear at the edge. The 1976 has turned out to be the best Lafite of the '70s.»

1998 (RP : 96)«A blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot, the 1998 Lafite Rothschild is deep garnet with a hint of brick and gorgeous notions of sandalwood, crème de cassis, smoked meats, black pepper and garrigue with touches of chargrill, dried herbs and mincemeat pie. Medium-bodied, soft and plush on the palate, it has tons of mouth-filling savory and plum preserves flavors and a very long, savory finish.»

2000 (RP : 98+)«A blend of 93.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, the wine still has a dark ruby/purple color and an extraordinarily youthful nose of graphite, black currants, sweet, unsmoked cigar tobacco, and flowers. The wine is rich, medium to full-bodied, but has that ethereal elegance and purity that is always Lafite. I originally predicted that it would first reach maturity in 2011, but I would push that back by 5-7 years now, although it has 50-60 years of life in front of it.»

2003 (RP : 100)«The 2003 Lafite Rothschild comes as close to perfection as any of the great Lafites made over the past three decades (1982, 1986, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010). This sensational effort came in at 12.7% natural alcohol, it is made in the style of one of this estate’s great classics, the 1959. Composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it exhibits a dense ruby/purple color to the rim along with a luxurious bouquet of cedarwood, lead pencil shaving, white chocolate, cocoa and cassis. Fat, rich, opulent and full-bodied with low acidity and stunning seductiveness and complexity, this noble wine possesses a bountiful, generous, heady style. It is just coming into its plateau of maturity where it should hold for 20-25 years. This is one of the candidates for the wine of the vintage – make no mistake about that.»

2008 (RP : 98)«A candidate for the -wine of the vintage,- the 2008 should have been purchased before it began to soar in value because of the significance of the number 8 in the Chinese culture (denoting good luck). Representing 40% of the production, this blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc offers aromas of high quality unsmoked cigar tobacco, lead pencil shavings, creme de cassis, earth, cedar and asphalt. Full, rich and stunningly concentrated, I doubt it is inferior to the 2010, just more classic as well as slightly more forward and a degree weaker in alcoholic potency (12.5% versus 13.5%). The 2008 should be relatively drinkable in 6-10 years as it is already showing remarkable complexity and breed, and will last for 30-35 years...at the minimum.»

2010 (RP : 98)«The 2010 Lafite Rothschild, a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Merlot (a 3% difference from the barrel sample shown two years ago), achieved relatively high alcohol of 13.32%, according to administrator Charles Chevalier. The wine is very impressive, not as fleshy, flamboyant and massive as the 2009, but nevertheless, a big, rich, full-throttle Lafite-Rothschild meant to age a half century or more. Deep purple, with notes of white chocolate, mocha, cedar and charcoal as well as hints of vanillin and creme de cassis, the wine is full-bodied yet has that ethereal lightness that makes it a Lafite. Rich, with good acidity, precision and freshness, this is a slightly zestier version of the 2009 as well as more restrained and structured than that particular vintage. It will need at least 10-12 years of cellaring and keep for 50+ years.»

Robert Parker & The Wine Advocate

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