1st cru classé, Pauillac
The quality of Château Lafite Rothschild needs no introduction. As early as 1815, Abraham Lawton had already designated it as leader: “I ranked it as being the most elegant and delicate, with the finest body of the three (leading wines)” he qualified in 1855. As to Château Lafite’s attributes found in all vintages, it was an enlightened amateur that summed it up best by saying “…whatever the case, all the Château Lafite wines have an almond and violet aroma!”
Cabernet Sauvignon 80 to 95%, Merlot 5 to 20%, Cabernet franc and Petit Verdot 0 to 5%. Note that there are a few differing cases such as vintage 1994: 99% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot, vintage 1961: 100% of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Length of ageing in oak barrels:
18 to 20 months in 100% new barrels.
Average annual production:
15,000 to 20,000 cases.