Lafite Rothschild 1959

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Tasting Notes and Scores

Wine Advocate

Tasted 9 Times With Consistent Notes Except For One Corked Magnum

The 1959 is unquestionably the greatest Lafite-Rothschild that has approached full maturity. It remains to be seen whether vintages such as 1982, 1986, and 1990 will reach a similar height. The super-aromatic bouquet of flowers, black truffles, cedar, lead pencil, and red fruits is followed by one of the most powerful and concentrated Lafites I have tasted. Medium to full-bodied, velvety-textured, rich, and pure, it is a testament to what this great estate can achieve when it hits the mark. This youthful wine will last for another 30 or more years.

Robert Parker (Wine Advocate #95, Oct 1994)

Neal Martin

Tasted at “Fook Lam Moon” in Hong Kong. One of the great wines of the vintage, this bottle is very similar to the one poured in Bordeaux a couple of years ago. A quintessential Pauillac nose with that pencil box bouquet that soars from the glass with cedar and a touch of sandalwood. Great vivacity here. The palate is very focused with amazing symmetry with touches of mint and even liquorice on the almost sorbet-fresh finish. Very takes about 30 minutes for this wine to really unfurl. Tasted November 2011.

–, Jan 2012

Jeb Dunnuck

Tasted from magnum, the 1959 Château Lafite is extraordinary, majestic stuff that’s so rich and opulent, I wouldn’t guess Lafite in a blind tasting. A mammoth bouquet of flowery incense, orange blossom, and exotic red, black, and blue fruits literally jumps from the glass, and with air, it shows more classic Pauillac lead pencil and tobacco nuances. Deep, full-bodied, and incredibly opulent on the palate, it’s fully mature and I suspect drinking at point, yet this is a wine that will still be enjoyable at age 100.