Winemakers

Diane Flamand

Technical Data

Acidity
3.34 g/L - pH: 3.58

Alcohol
12%

Sugar
<2 g/L

Suggested Retail Price

$26.99

DOMAINES BARONS DE ROTHSCHILD (LAFITE)

Légende

MÉDOC 2013

Background

The prestigious Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) family has owned vineyards in Bordeaux for generations. In addition to the wines issued from their world renowned vineyards, Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) has been elaborating a range of wines which are easy and pleasant to drink called “Légende”. Inspired by a grand tradition of quality, the Domaines teams have one priority: selection. Their mastery and perfect knowledge of Bordelais cépages are responsible for the unparalleled quality of their wines.

Appellation

Médoc (Bordeaux), France

Varietal Composition

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot

Vintage Notes

2013 vintage in Bordeaux was characterized by difficult weather conditions. A wet spring resulted in decreased flowering and uneven grape size. Two hailstorms on July 26th and August 2nd caused varying amounts of damage in the vineyard. 2013 was one of the most difficult vintages in the last 30 years, with an average decrease in yields of 30%, making it the worst since the frost of 1991! The grapes began to ripen relatively late, not starting until August 10th. Meticulous work in the vineyard and very strict selections in the winery enabled some pleasant surprises and successes.

Winemaking

The harvest took place from September 27th to October 12th. Vinification took place in stainless steel vats and alcohol fermentation took place at 86°F, maceration took approximately 2-3 weeks.

40% of the final blend is aged in barrels.

Tasting Notes

Intense red with hints of brick. Expressive and complex, with bold aromas of sweet spices, red fruits and licorice. On the palate, supple and flavorful, complex with a good freshness on the finish. A success for the vintage, the wine offers a fine expression of the terroir.

87 pts

Wine Spectator

TOP BORDEAUX SCORER 10/16

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