Appellation: Pauillac, Bordeaux (1855 1er Cru Classe)
Dominated by red fruit, the Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2008's nose remains clear, precise and complex. In the mouth, the strength and classic style of the Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2008 become apparent. There is fruit, substance, and tannins that are supple and tight at the same time.
"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." - RP, 98 points
"Elegance in a glass, this is very upright in structure with enticing acidity and black berry fruits. It has weight as well as richness. No question about the aging potential of this superb wine. Cellar Selection." - Wine Enthusiast, 97 points
"Minerals, tar and sous bois with dark fruit. Sweet tobacco. Black licorice. Full and chewy with lots of fruit but very reserved. So much mineral and sweet tobacco. It is all there. Give it four to five years of bottle age before beginning to explore the wine." - James Suckling, 95 points