Winemakers

Diane Flamand

Technical Data

Acidity
3.36 g/L - pH: 3.64

Alcohol
12.5%

Sugar
<2 g/L

Suggested Retail Price

$54.99

DOMAINES BARONS DE ROTHSCHILD (LAFITE)

Légende

PAUILLAC 2012

Background

The prestigious Barons de Rothschild family has owned vineyards in Bordeaux for generations. In addition to the wines issued from their world-renowned vineyards, Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) elaborates on 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

Pauillac (Bordeaux), France

Varietal Composition

70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot

Vintage Notes

2012 was a difficult vintage presenting numerous challenges in the vineyard. After a harsh winter, the cool spring slowed down flowering, which was spread over a fairly long period. Fertilization was delayed by the rain in early June, resulting in decreased flowering and uneven grape size, and consequently low yields. The wet weather and lack of sun continued until mid-July. August and early September were hot and dry, with a substantial variation between day and night-time temperatures. This finally enabled the grapes to reach a satisfactory degree of ripeness before the heavy rain at the end of September.

Winemaking

Grapes were harvested from September 27th to October 17th. Vinification took place in steel vats, alcohol fermentation took place between 82-86°F, and maceration took approximately 3 to 4 weeks.

The wine is partially (60%) aged in oak barrels crafted at the Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) cooperage.

Tasting Notes

Purple with good intensity. On the nose, very expressive, fresh, mentholated notes with toasted and spicy aromas. The palate is generous and powerful, with good tannic structure and a long fresh, licorice finish. A powerful and racy wine of great elegance and finesse.