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Anson: Tasting 150 years of Lafite Rothschild wines

Lafite Rothschild has opened up its entire back catalogue to mark 150 years since Baron James de Rothschild signed the deeds of ownership. Jane Anson reports on an evening to remember, with wines ranging from 2010 back to 1881.

The Lafite archives consist primarily of many thousands of loose-leaf documents that have been separated into numbered boxes carefully marked from (at least last time I was looking at them) one to 89.

‘Lafite must have one of the most astonishing wine libraries in the world, and is missing only three vintages from the entire 150 years under Rothschild ownership.’

Jane’s favourite vintages of Lafite Rothschild from this tasting:

See Jane’s tasting note for the Lafite 2017 en primeur wine here

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