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Auction archive: Lot number 245

Château Lafite-Rothschild--Vintage 1966

Estimate
US$1,400 - US$1,800
Price realised:
US$2,160
Auction archive: Lot number 245

Château Lafite-Rothschild--Vintage 1966

Estimate
US$1,400 - US$1,800
Price realised:
US$2,160
Beschreibung:

Château Lafite-Rothschild--Vintage 1966
9 bottles per lot
CHATEAU LAFITE-ROTHSCHILD Lafite was very fashionable at the king's table in the time of Louis XV. It had a place of honor at the banquets held by Marshal de Richelieu, and Madame de Pompadour always poured some at her little suppers. After having been the property of the great de Ségur family, it belonged to Mr. de Prichard, President of the Parliament of Guienne, until the end of the 18th century. Unfortunately, he was not spared by the upheaval of the revolution and was guillotined in Paris on June 30, 1794. At this point Lafite became the property of the State, eventually it was acquired by a Dutchman, Vanderberghes, and then by the English banker Sir Samuel Scott In 1868, it was purchased by Baron James de Rothschild and still belongs to his heirs. The Baron's purchase of Lafite came late in his life, he was 76 years old and had outlived not only his four famous brothers, but as many French régimes -- those of Napoleon, Louis XVIII, Charles X and Louis-Philippe. By the late 1860s the Baron was not only the richest man in France but the most powerful. But what of the wine? By now many of you know of Lafite's legendary pre-phylloxera vintages, 1864, Lord Rosebery's 1865, the Glamis Castle's 1870, the Woodperry House's 1874. Then of course there are the great mid-century Lafite vintages of our time: 1945, 1947, 1949, 1959 and 1966. It is said that the bouquet of Lafite is very suave and of incomparable delicacy; its savour brings together at the same time the taste of almonds and the scent of violets without it being possible to distinguish whether the one dominates the other. Perhaps, as with great art, Beauty is in the eye of the beholder , and if so there can be no doubt as to how this came to be for Lafite is a wine that has always been produced with zealous care. Château Lafite-Rothschild--Vintage 1966 Pauillac, 1er cru classé Levels: three into neck, five base of neck, one very top-shoulder; six with original corks, three believed reconditioned in mid 1980s, three cut capsules, chateau and vintage branded corks, three damp stained lables "Most recently, a classic jeroboam, harmonious, refreshing but with fading fruit, at a tasting I conducted for Vinum magazine in Zurich. Last tasted April 1998. At best **** but it has passed the finishing post. " MB, Vintage Wine 9 bottles per lot

Auction archive: Lot number 245
Auction:
Datum:
3 May 2008
Auction house:
Christie's
3 May 2008, Beverly Hills
Beschreibung:

Château Lafite-Rothschild--Vintage 1966
9 bottles per lot
CHATEAU LAFITE-ROTHSCHILD Lafite was very fashionable at the king's table in the time of Louis XV. It had a place of honor at the banquets held by Marshal de Richelieu, and Madame de Pompadour always poured some at her little suppers. After having been the property of the great de Ségur family, it belonged to Mr. de Prichard, President of the Parliament of Guienne, until the end of the 18th century. Unfortunately, he was not spared by the upheaval of the revolution and was guillotined in Paris on June 30, 1794. At this point Lafite became the property of the State, eventually it was acquired by a Dutchman, Vanderberghes, and then by the English banker Sir Samuel Scott In 1868, it was purchased by Baron James de Rothschild and still belongs to his heirs. The Baron's purchase of Lafite came late in his life, he was 76 years old and had outlived not only his four famous brothers, but as many French régimes -- those of Napoleon, Louis XVIII, Charles X and Louis-Philippe. By the late 1860s the Baron was not only the richest man in France but the most powerful. But what of the wine? By now many of you know of Lafite's legendary pre-phylloxera vintages, 1864, Lord Rosebery's 1865, the Glamis Castle's 1870, the Woodperry House's 1874. Then of course there are the great mid-century Lafite vintages of our time: 1945, 1947, 1949, 1959 and 1966. It is said that the bouquet of Lafite is very suave and of incomparable delicacy; its savour brings together at the same time the taste of almonds and the scent of violets without it being possible to distinguish whether the one dominates the other. Perhaps, as with great art, Beauty is in the eye of the beholder , and if so there can be no doubt as to how this came to be for Lafite is a wine that has always been produced with zealous care. Château Lafite-Rothschild--Vintage 1966 Pauillac, 1er cru classé Levels: three into neck, five base of neck, one very top-shoulder; six with original corks, three believed reconditioned in mid 1980s, three cut capsules, chateau and vintage branded corks, three damp stained lables "Most recently, a classic jeroboam, harmonious, refreshing but with fading fruit, at a tasting I conducted for Vinum magazine in Zurich. Last tasted April 1998. At best **** but it has passed the finishing post. " MB, Vintage Wine 9 bottles per lot

Auction archive: Lot number 245
Auction:
Datum:
3 May 2008
Auction house:
Christie's
3 May 2008, Beverly Hills
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