To the eye, dark/purple.
On the nose, Black currants & licorice.
In the mouth, extremely fresh concentrated soft tannis, acidity, and smothness.
Grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot
Producer: CHATEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD 75008 PARIS 08 FRANCE
Clasification: 1er cru classé
Producer: Château Lafite-Rothschild
Wine certification: AOC
Rib of beef with truffle jus, Shoulder of Lamb, Rabbit
Serving: 16-18 degrees
The main reason the 2009 Lafite Rothschild did not receive a perfect score is because the wine has closed down slightly, but it is unquestionably another profound Lafite, their greatest wine since the amazing 2003. Among the most powerful Lafites ever made (it came in at 13.59% alcohol), the final blend was 82.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot. The selection was incredibly severe with only 45% of the crop being utilized. A tight, but potentially gorgeous nose of graphite, black currants, licorice and camphor is followed by a full-bodied wine revealing the classic elegance, purity and delineated style of Lafite. It is phenomenally concentrated with softer tannins than the 2005, the 2003’s voluptuous, broad, juicy personality, and low acidity. There are several vintages that I thought were a replay of their colossal 1959, most notably 1982 and 2003, but 2009 is also one to keep an eye on. It is still extremely youthful and seems slightly more backward than I would have guessed based on the barrel tastings, but it needs 10-15 years of bottle age, and should last for 50+.
— Robert Parker Jr
99+/100 (Wine Advocate February 2012)