Lafite Rothschild has just released for £4,950 per case of 12, or £2,475 per case of six, a reduction of 12.4% on the release price of the 2016 and a 21.4% discount to its current trading price. This is comfortably within our strong buy price band, offering a superb opportunity for collectors looking for a discount to physical vintages, moreover very positive speculation in term of investment. In 2017 Lafite Rothschild is the universally most loved wine, receiving truly exceptional scores from all critics. For this reason, it has been eagerly awaited and today, released at a very compelling first tranche price it is a release that histrocially sells out instantly, thereon followed by a second release which still does not satisfy market demand.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown has awarded it 97-99 points, exclaiming ‘POW—the paradoxically ethereal…Truly. Stunning’, James Suckling has awarded it 97-98 points, Neal Martin 95-97 and Antonio Galloni 94-97, saying ‘stellar. It also has the potential to be the most complete of the First Growths.’ Jeb Dunnuck has awarded it 94-96+, exclaiming ’Lafite-Rothschild is another classic wine from this estate that’s in the same mold as the 2015, if not slightly deeper, darker, and more concentrated.’: rarely have they agreed, for Lafite Rothschild, they were all tasting the same wine.
In 2017 Lafite Rothschild has excelled, it makes a strong argument to surpass both the 2015 and 2016, it is certainly marked as such by the Wine Advocate. The 2017′s score will likely surpass the 2015 and 2016 which trade at £5,900 and £6,300 respectively. In fact, it is expected to equal the 2010 which trades at £7,250 and at its upper limit the 2009, which trades at £7,500: today’s release represents 32% discount to the 2010 and 34% discount to the 2009. Indeed, the average price of vintages of Lafite Rothschild running from 2005 to 2016 is £6,363, a premium of 29% to the 2017 release price today. This also gives the 2017 the lowest Price Over Points Score of any vintage with 275, reflecting its obvious value on release. Altogether, Lafite Rothschild is a must buy wine in 2017, after all since 2012 collectors have been greatly rewarded for securing first tranche allocations of Lafite Rothschild, if they have been fortunate enough to do so having seen an average return of 38% from barrel to bottle.
Comparing it to the current UK market prices of previous Lafite vintages visualises the disparity of a typical 98-point Lafite vintage and today’s release price. Past vintages indicate an adjusted market price of around £7,100 per 12 bottle case for a 98 point vintage. This suggest that today’s release price of £4,950 therefore leaves around £2,150 in appreciation on the table for those taking an early position in the vintage. Lafite Rothschild is a powerhouse in terms of brand and reputation and presently commands the highest prices amongst its First Growth peers. Lafite is the largest of the First Growths both in area and production and occupies the northern tip of Pauillac close to the border with St Estephe in the Medoc. Evidence of the existence of wine-making on the site of Lafite dates from the 14th century and records of the wine itself date from 1641. In 1868 Lafite was purchased by Baron James de Rothschild, a member of the famous banking family and has been presided over by Eric de Rothschild since 1974.
Within the Pauillac appellation, Lafite is often considered the most elegant, feminine wine when compared to the masculine Latour and the exotic fruitiness of Mouton Rothschild. Since the 1980s, Lafite has produced great vintages on a regular basis and has become the favourite wine of Asia.
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