“outstanding quality and reduced volumes in 2022, and a discount compared to the wine’s best vintages, will likely see this getting snapped up”
– Wine Lister
One of the biggest releases of the 2022 en primeur campaign today; the iconic First Growth of Chateau Lafite Rothschild. Highly rated across the board by the critics, with scores of up to a potential high of 100 points from three of them, this is an excellent Lafite that is beautifully classic, elegant and charming in style. Lafite is guaranteed to sell out on release, so is likely to need to be allocated.
We loved Lafite when we tasted it in Bordeaux, as did the critics. Lisa Perrotti-Brown awarded it 98-100 points and called it “exquisitely fine.. finishing with epic length and depth. This is an intellectual triumph”. Also seeing potential perfection is James Suckling, who thinks it a classic and says, “It’s really about being Lafite here. Terroir gives great elegance with strength” and Jeff Leve, who says, “This is an earth-shattering vintage of Lafite that buyers with the disposable income should add to their cellar”.
Chateau Lafite has made getting its release price right a priority in recent years, and the 2022 follows that pattern. As analysts Wine Lister comment, 2022 Lafite’s “outstanding quality and reduced volumes in 2022, and a discount compared to the wine’s best vintages, will likely see this getting snapped up”.
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2022 Château Lafite Rothschild
SGD $6,280 ($6,782.40 inc GST) per case (6*75cl OWC)
SGD $6,290 ($6,793.20 inc GST) per case mags (3*150cl OWC)
Composed of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot, the 2022 Lafite Rothschild is deep garnet-purple in color. The nose is almost impenetrable to start, needing a lot of shaking to wake up delicate scents of crushed red and black currants, raspberry leaves, warm plums, and boysenberries, followed by hints of crushed rocks, damp earth, lilacs, and Jasmine tea, with just a hint of orange peel. The palate is classic great Lafite, featuring incredibly tightly knit layers of black fruits, minerals, and floral notes bound with a rock-solid structure of exquisitely fine, very firm tannins and bold freshness, finishing with epic length and depth. This is an intellectual triumph, but don’t think about touching it for 10-15 years. pH 3.85.
98-100 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown
A classical Lafite that reminds me of something like the 1986, with its blackcurrant and tobacco character with cedar and hazelnut, but it’s so today with its purity and precision. It’s really about being Lafite here. Terroir gives great elegance with strength.
99-100 points James Suckling
Garnet in color, a single swirl brings out its cornucopia of scents: flowers, currants, cherries, smoke, leather, lead pencil, Cuban cigar wrapper, orange rind and smoke. The wine is pure silky, elegance in texture. This is perhaps the most sensuous vintage of Lafite ever produced with its dream texture on the palate. In the mid-palate, the wine shifts from black to red to black fruits before moving to its wave of orange citrus, ending with refreshing mint notes. The purity in the fruits is striking. The over 60-second finish is seamless, which is a good thing, because this wine is so good, you never want it to end. The wine is complete from start to finish. The wine blends 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot. It is interesting to note that the wine includes 17.5 % press wine in the blend, which sets a record for Lafite. 13.6% ABV, 3.85 pH. Harvesting starting August 31 for the young Merlot vines, for the grapes used in the Grand Vin, September 5, – September 23. Yields were 35 hectoliters per hectare. 40% of the harvest went into the Grand Vin. This is an earth-shattering vintage of Lafite that buyers with the disposabile income should add to their cellar. Drink from 2030-2065.
98-100 points Jeff Leve
The 2022 Lafite-Rothschild was picked from 31 August to 24 September and apart from the 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, there is 17.5% pressed wine in the blend. The IPT is slightly lower than 2020. There is 13.6% alcohol this year, higher than 2018 and 2019. It has an intense bouquet with blackberry, crushed stone, touches of pencil box and undergrowth, very Lafite-Rothschild in style. The palate is medium-bodied with pliant tannins, perfectly judged acidity, linear and focused. Compared to vintages a couple of decades ago, there is mid-palate weight, yet it retains classicism and transparency, while delivering quite a gentle but insistent grip on the finish. Perpetually the most deceptive of First Growth, one should not doubt its long-term potential.
96-98 points Neal Martin
The 2022 Lafite Rothschild is shaping up to be one of the wines of the vintage. All of the Lafite signatures are present, but what impresses most about the 2022 it its poise, its stature. Readers will find a regal, statuesque Lafite built for serious aging. There’s tons of fruit and tannin, all masterfully put together. A modern-day classic.
96-98 points Antonio Galloni
A blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot, the 2022 Lafite Rothschild unwinds in the glass with aromas of dark berries, cassis, sweet soils tones, cigar box and lilac. Medium to full-bodied, it’s the most tensile of the first growths this year, with a layered, concentrated but youthfully introverted mid-palate, lively acids and a long, saline finish. It checks in at a rather high pH of 3.85, which belies its incisive profile, from a harvest that extended from August 31 to September 24.
95-97+ points William Kelley
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