Pauillac Réserve Spéciale 2016 - Case of Six
Harvey Nichols is proud to introduce what is unofficially the third wine of Château Lafite Rothschild. And it’s now available to buy by the case…
Pauillac Réserve Spéciale was created by Domaine Barons de Rothschild using grapes from the younger vines at Château Lafite Rothschild and neighbouring Château Duhart-Milon (which at one time in its history produced the second wine of Château Lafite Rothschild). This refined, concentrated and accessible red is a sensational wine to drink while you patiently wait for your Lafite to mature in the cellar, offering sophisticated notes of blackberry coulis, crème de cassis, autumn leaves, tobacco, spice, cedar and pencil lead.
2016 has been lauded as the greatest vintage in Pauillac since the back-to-back phenomena of 2009 and 2010. Combine that with the First Growth know-how possessed by the Rothschild family and this wine becomes an intriguing prospect.
The French side of the Rothschild dynasty is legendary in the wine world. In 1853 Nathaniel de Rothschild created Château Mouton Rothschild, and fifteen years later his uncle James Mayer de Rothschild acquired Château Lafite Rothschild. The former is the most flamboyant of Bordeaux’s First Growths and part of the Primum Familiae Vini – an association of the world’s finest family-owned wineries that include the likes of Antinori, Vega Sicilia, Tenuta San Guido of Sassicaia fame, Egon Müller, Pol Roger, the Symington Family Port house and many more. Neighbouring Château Lafite Rothschild has also become one of the most famous and sought-after wines in the entire world. Esteemed wine critic Neal Martin describes it as the “quintessential wine of elegance”, and it’s widely regarded as the most consistent of the First Growths. In 1962 the Lafite branch of the Rothschild family took the “Lafite Spirit” that they’d nurtured on the great terroir of Pauillac and began to expand their empire. Starting in Bordeaux they procured nearby neighbour Château Duhart-Milon, then Château Rieussec in Sauternes and Pomerol’s Château l’Evangile. They then branched out into South America with Viña Los Vascos in Chile and Bodegas Caro in Argentina, then further afield in France with Languedoc’s Domaines d’Aussières and even into northeast China with a new project called Long Dai. The three Rothschild Barons came together in 2007 to create Champagne Barons de Rothschild. All these ventures work to the same exacting standards as the legendary First Growths, befitting of wine’s most iconic family.
£5.11 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3319279
Style No.: 839181
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