Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) – 1st Growth Bordeaux and So Much More


The Barons de Rothschild family has owned the famous Château Lafite Rothschild since 1868, but starting in the early 1960s they acquired other prestigious properties in France’s Bordeaux and Languedoc regions, Chile, Argentina, and Portugal. I was always aware of the quality of the portfolio, but I never fully appreciated its range and depth until I tasted through the wines with Matthew Sharp, the Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) Portfolio Specialist for Pasternak Wine Imports. I had the distinct pleasure of working with Matthew at a California wine distributor, and we have remained good friends ever since. His passion for food and wine, and his astute perspective on wine producers, appellations, and industry trends, continues to be an inspiration for my exploration in the world of wine. We tasted through most of the portfolio (with the unfortunate exception of Château Lafite Rothschild), at a recent dinner in Hollywood with our good friend and former associate, Tim Malette. I particularly enjoyed the Château d’Aussières from the Languedoc, a blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache. I am looking forward to posting about each wine individually, but this stunning portfolio deserves a special mention as a group, not only as a salute to its fabulous pedigree, but to properly highlight a beautifully compiled collection of red, white and dessert wines from around the world. The group’s philosophy, as outlined on its website, is: 1) respect each terroir; 2) use local winemaking expertise in tandem with that of its own teams’; 3) provide the necessary investment to enable each project to succeed; and 4) have the vision to look to the long term and allow the time it takes to make great wines that are the true reflection of their provenance. This is obviously the formula that made Château Lafite Rothschild one of finest wines in the world, and it is the reason that the rest of the portfolio has also garnered such well-deserved praise.



~ by Thomas on March 31, 2008.

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