Chateau Lafite Rothschild Tasting back to 1959 Thursday January 10th and Friday December 28th's menu at the Wine Bar

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The Wines of Bordeaux give tone to the stomach, while leaving the mouth fresh and the head clear.  More than one invalid abandoned by the doctors has been seen to drink the good old wine of Bordeaux and return to health.


--Comments by members of the Jury judging Bordeaux wines submitted under the new 1855 classification at the 1855 World's Fair in Paris, as noted in 1855: A History of the Bordeaux Classification


 


I have been preaching the health benefits of wine for a long time and what better way to get healthy that a vertical selection of Chateau Lafite Rothschild.  This is part of our "Once in a lifetime" series of wine tastings and I’m glad to be back to work at the Wine Bar tomorrow night for our annual Vintage Port tasting.  Check out the menu at the Wine Bar which is included after the Chateau Lafite tasting info we are back open for regular business at the Wine Bar Friday December 28th!


Chateau Lafite Rothschild has become the hottest Bordeaux on the market today because of the demand for this product in the Asian market. But this "first" of first growths has been in the limelight for several hundred years now which is one of the reasons that they have a world-wide demand for this classic claret.


We have managed to amass a nice collection of older vintage Chateau Lafite Rothchild over the last few years with the prices going crazy and demand finally slowing down for this wine we have a few bottles in stock that we can drink. There are also 12 different listings for Chateau Lafite Rothschild in our inventory going back to 1964!  Check out the offering after the list of tasting wines kicking off our first “Once In a Lifetime” tasting of 2019 with Chateau Lafite Rothschild back to the 1959 vintage!! And just for fun I have included a 1959 Chateau Margaux as well as a 1982 Margaux making the total number of bottles on the table 13 for this evening!!  But those of you that have been to our events know that you always get extra and this being the kick off to my 50th B-Day celebration (I’ll be celebrating all year!!) you know you will get extra as we always start with Champagne and will be finishing with Sauternes so that is 15 bottles at least!


The fee for this tasting is $995 + tax and this includes dinner!  For reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com.


 


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Chateau Lafite Rothschild Tasting Back to 1959 at Wine Watch
Thursday, January 10th
7:30pm
Tasting Line-up:


1959 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Low Shoulder
1959 Chateau Margaux Margaux
1964 Carruades de Lafite Rothschild
1964 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac
1970 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac
1971 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac
1982 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac  (375ml)
1982 Chateau Margaux Margaux
1985 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac
1988 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac
1990 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac
1996 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac
2003 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac


Menu

Charcuterie and cheese selection

Tuna Tartar with grilled wild mushrooms and fine herb aioli

Duck Confit tacos with current jelly and foie gras mousse

Sous Vide tenderloin of beef with truffle mashed potatoes and carrot souflee

Canelé Cakes with pineapple sauternes marmalade


The fee for this tasting which includes dinner is $995 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com


 


A bit about Chateau Lafite Rothschild:
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In the opinion of many wine lovers and certainly in the opinion of the public at large, Chateau Lafite-Rothschild is the greatest red Bordeaux as well as the greatest red wine vineyard in the world. The history of the property is certainly as interesting as the wine itself and is too long and complicated to recount in the short space at hand.


Nevertheless, the high points bear repeating. As with most wines of the Médoc, the fame of Lafite first dates from the eighteenth century. During the reign of Louis XV, Lafite was owned by the very powerful and wealthy Marquis de Ségur, who also owned Latour, Mouton, and Calon Ségur. Upon Ségur's death in 1755, the estate became embroiled in a long and complex battle among the heirs. Over the course of the next one hundred years, it was auctioned twice - the second time in 1868 to the scion of a famous Paris banking family, Baron James de Rothschild. The selling price was an astounding 4,400,000 francs. To properly appreciate the significance of this sum, the equally prestigious Mouton-Rothschild had sold a little more than a decade earlier for one quarter of that sum. The lofty price paid for Lafite was due in no small part to the enormous prestige the property enjoyed as a result of the famous 1855 Grand Cru Classification. At the Paris Exposition in that year, Bordeaux brokers and merchants compiled a list of the top sixty Médoc chateaux and ranked them in five groups. Lafite was placed at the very top of the first group - first of the firsts. Also shortly after the sale to the Rothschilds in 1868, a famous auction of some of the chateau's wonderful old vintages was held. This was a remarkable event, for the wines fetched hitherto unheard of prices - with the 1811, the great Comet vintage, commanding the highest price of all. It was without doubt the greatest wine auction that had ever been seen up to that time. Over the years to the Second World War various Rothschilds ran the chateau, but after the war it seemed that Lafite was just one of many jewels owned by the family - an interest and concern to be visited and supervised when necessary. The period after 1945 was not one of neglect, but the property certainly did not get the care and attention that cousin Baron Philippe fostered on his beloved Mouton-Rothschild. As a result many felt that Lafite gradually began to lose its place of preeminence during the postwar years and that the last great Lafite was produced in the 1959 vintage. In fact, another vintage the equal of the 1959 was not seen for nearly two decades. That was in 1975, the same year that year that the chateau hired a new winemaker, Jean Crete, formerly of Leoville Las Cases and also engaged the consulting services of Emile Peynaud, the famed University of Bordeaux enologist. In 1977 a new generation Rothschild, Eric de Rothschild, arrived to oversee the property and become a hands-on proprietor. The stage was set for Lafite's return to greatness, and the 1975 vintage proved that Lafite still had the stuff.


With nearly 200 acres under vines and an average annual production of 20,000 cases, Lafite is the largest of the first growths both in terms of area and production. The vineyards lie on slopes in the northern end of the commune of Pauillac. Across a meadow on its northern border lies the commune of St. Estèphe and the imposing Chinese Gothic architecture of Chateau Cos D'Estournel. On the Pauillac side, Lafite adjoins Mouton at many points. The chateau itself is a pleasing compendium of medieval turrets and seventeenth and eighteenth century buildings standing among a row of trees on a hill above the famous Routes des Chateaux. The chaise (the cellars where the new wine is aged in barrels) are quite impressive, but even more awesome is the magnificent underground cellar where Lafite's unique collection of old wines goes back to the 1797 vintage. If any one spot on earth is Mecca to the winelover, it is here at Lafite - the one place that connoisseurs the world over must visit once in their lifetime.


And what is one to say of the wines of Lafite that has not already been expressed with all the gloriously extravagant rhetorical fantasies of bygone days? Without attempting to outdo the embellishments of some of the greatest writers of wine lore, we will say only that, at its best, Lafite is the quintessential claret - a wine that combines finesse, breed, depth, and longevity. It certainly is a softer wine than Mouton and Latour, the other two great Pauillacs. This is due no doubt to the high percentage of Merlot used in the blend. And what about recent vintages of Lafite? It is true that Lafite went through spotty times. Although 1961, 1966, and 1970 were remarkable vintages for Bordeaux, we were never impressed with the Lafites of those years. However, Lafite has recently made great wines in 1975, 1976 (the best wine in Bordeaux in that vintage), 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982 (a monumental year for Lafite), 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2015 and 2016.


 


Older vintages of Lafite Rothschild in the store:


 


1961 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac (high shoulder)

Price: $1895.00    Your Price: $1667.60      Quantity in Stock: 2


1964 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac (torn label)

Price: $495.00    Your Price: $435.60          Quantity in Stock: 2


1970 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac (torn label)

Price: $695.00    Your Price: $611.60          Quantity in Stock: 12


1971 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac (torn label)

 Price: $595.00    Your Price: $523.60         Quantity in Stock: 9


1982 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

Price: $4500.00    Sale Price: $2500.00       Quantity in Stock: 1


1986 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

Price: $1250.00    Your Price: $1100.00      Quantity in Stock: 1


1988 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

 Price: $1150.00    Your Price: $1012.00     Quantity in Stock: 1


1995 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

Price: $1050.00    Sale Price: $750.00         Quantity in Stock: 1


1993 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

Price: $795.00    Sale Price: $650.00           Quantity in Stock: 1


 


1996 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

Price: $1700.00    Sale Price: $1100.00       Quantity in Stock: 3


1998 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Magnum

Price: $1950.00    Your Price: $1716.00      Quantity in Stock: 1


2000 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

Price: $2500.00    Your Price: $2200.00      Quantity in Stock: 1


2008 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

Price: $1025.00    Your Price: $902.00        Quantity in Stock: 1


2010 Carruades de Lafite Pauillac

Price: $270.00    Your Price: $237.60          Quantity in Stock: 1


 


Friday December 28th and Saturday December 29th Menu


 


White Truffle Oil & Parmesan Dusted Shoestring Fries

$18


Shutty Fries - Montreal Seasoned Steak Fries

$14


Green Goddess Pizza: Spinach, Zucchini, Fontina, Goat Cheese & Pesto

$24


White Pizza:Mascarpone & Mozzarella with Braised Short Rib, Bermuda Onion & Balsamic Drizzle

$26


Beef Sliders with Truffle Mushroom Aioli & Gruyerer  on Brioche Buns

$28


Lobster & Crab Cocktail with Preserved Lemon & Indian Masala Tea Crema

$38


Tuna & Cremini Mushroom Tartine with Pickled English Cucumber Ribbons & Spicy Mayo

$32


Seared Duck Breast Mini Tacos with Warm Asian Slaw & Korean BBQ Syrup

$30


Grilled Romaine “Wedge” Creamy Gorgonzola Dressing, Prosciutto Chips, Heirloom Tomatoes

$20


Black Garlic & Shiitake Cream Tagliatelle Pasta finished with Parmesan & French Bread Toast

$36


Panko Fried Chicken Breast with Foie Gras Mousse on Burgundian Red Wine Soup

$40


Braised Short Rib Shepherds Pie: Roasted Baby Bell Peppers, Sauteed Cremini Mushrooms & Sour Cream-Scallion Mash

$43


Seared Venison Loin Medallions with Parmesan Flan & Roasted Chestnut Demi

$48


Bittersweet Chocolate Tart with Blackberry Glaze

$15


Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee with Fresh Berries

$15


Charcuterie and Cheese Selection


Meat Selections

$6/1 ounce Serving

Prosciutto di San Daniele

Solera Chorizo-Mild

Solera Chorizo - Spicy

Coppa Spicy- Bellantani

Coppa Sweet- Bellentani

Sopressata-Citterio

Bresaola- Italian Dried Beef

Truffle Salami -  Vincenza’s

Speck-Smoked Prosciutto


 


Cheese Selections

$6/1 ounce Serving


Gorgonzola-Dolce-Cinque Stelle

[Italy]

Turtle Creek Chevre Goat

[Oregon]

Willoughby-Super Soft Aged Wash

Rind

[Vermont]

St Andre - Triple Cream Brie

[France]

OMA- Soft Ripe Wash Rind

[Vermont]

Usi Lussi -Semi Soft Ripened

[Holland]

Stilton Blue

[England]

Barely Buzzed Cheddar –Espresso & Lavendar Rubbed

[Jersey]

Cabot Clothbound Cheddar- 14 Month Aged

[Vermont]

Tartufo Caciotta-Truffle Pecorino

[Italy]

Manchego- Raw 12 Month Aged-Sheeps Milk

[Spain]

Reggiano Parmesan Aged 24 Months

[Italy]

Pecorino Romano-Aged 18 Months

[Italy]

Challerhocker Gouda-

[Switzerland]

OG Kristal Gouda

[Belgium]


This weekend’s Wine By the Glass

NV Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve Champagne

(7 Ounce Pour) Price: $12.75

2006 Veuve Cliquot La Grande Dame Rose (7 Ounce Pour) Price: $95.00

2013 Chateau Mouton Rothschild Aile d'Argent Blanc

(7 Ounce Pour) Price: $42.50

2017 Penfolds Chardonnay Max's Cuvee South Australia

(7 Ounce Pour) Price: $7.00

2011 Samsara Syrah Melville Vineyard Santa Rita Hills

(7 Ounce Pour) Price: $17.25

2014 La Spinetta Ca Di Pian Barbera

(7 Ounce Pour) Price: $9.75

1983 Domaine Parent Le Clos Micault Pommard Premier Cru

(7 Ounce Pour) Price: $35.00

2014 Charles Krug Generations Napa

(7 Ounce Pour) Price: $22.50

Rare Wine Co. Historic Series Madeira Savannah Verdelho

(2 Ounce Pour) Price: $7.50

Rare Wine Co. Historic Series Madeira Charleston Sercial

(2 Ounce Pour) Price: $7.50

Rare Wine Co. Historic Series New York Malmsey Madeira

(2 Ounce Pour) Price: $7.50

1920 Cossart Malmsey Madeira

(2 Ounce Pour) Price: $115

1908 D'Oliveiras Bual Madeira

(2 Ounce Pour) Price: $89.00
2013 Ramos Pinto LBV

(3 Ounce Pour) Price: $8.50


 


New Year's Eve Wine By the Glass

1995 Dom Perignon Brut Champagne 6 Liter (Methuzalum)

(7 Ounce Glass) Price: $95.00

1999 Louis Jadot Montrachet Grand Cru (3 Liter)

(7 Ounce Glass) Price: $150.00

2003 Grace Family Cabernet Sauvignon Blank Vineyard Napa (6 Liter)

(7 Ounce Glass) Price: $95.00

1992 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley (6 Liter)

(7 Ounce Glass) Price: $95.00

2007 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Reserva Red Label (3 Liter)

(7 Ounce Glass) Price: $150.00


 

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