Tasting 150 years of Lafite Rothschild wines

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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.’

The first box is filled with documents relating to the early sales and purchases of the estate, with title deeds from 1721, 1786 (when it is referred to as La Terre Noble de Lafitte) 1797, 1818, 1821, 1845 and finally August 3, 1868. This last document was signed and delivered on August 28th, 1868, sealing the purchase from Nicolas Pierre de Prichard to Baron James de Rothschild.

Translated by Sylvia Wu / 吴嘉溦

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