Start off with a Perfect Score

Each year, the Ottawa Wine Auction brings in some of the finest wines from around the world donated by savvy and generous collectors in support of the Music and Beyond Festival. The Spring 2017 edition of the Auction is no different: not only are the wines from some of the most reputable vineyards in the world, many of them are so good that critics are unable to give them any less than a perfect score.

 One such wine is the 2000 Château Lafite-Rothschild, which has garnered much critical acclaim. In the July 2013 edition of the Hedonists Gazette, Robert Parker gave it a score of 100 out of 100. He wrote:

“I expected the 2000 Lafite Rothschild to be much too young, but I was blown away by how it performed at this meal. A classic Lafite with notes of lead pencil shavings and black currants as well as a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, it possessed striking intensity as well as aromatics. The wine seemed more evolved than I remember, but it is still an adolescent in terms of maturity. This beautiful, rich, full offering is a stunning achievement.”

James Suckling has also given it a perfect score. In the March 2003 Wine Spectator he wrote: “Subtle aromas of currants, leather, tobacco and cedar. Classic cigar box nose, with fruit. Full-bodied, with an amazing texture of silky, ripe tannins. This wine completely coats your palate, but caresses it at the same time. This is the best young Lafite ever made. A triumph.”

Could this be the best Lafite ever made? You will have to see for yourself.