The 2006 Lafite is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc. Elegant, refined nose. Soft and fleshy fruit at the front with excellent ripeness and intense, dark fruit concentration. While it is powerful there is tremendous elegance to it and a great finish with firm tannins. Drink from 2020. Bancroft note.
Very dark and beautiful colour. Discreet nose with primary notes that develop in ampleness and density. Quite powerful on the palate with a very good structure and nice tannic finish with integrated woody tones. Winery note
"A brilliant offering and a candidate for wine of the vintage, this is classic Lafite that reminded me somewhat of the 1976, although the vintage conditions were completely different. This is a medium-weight, quintessentially elegant style of Lafite with notes of lead pencil shavings/graphite along with black currants, plums, and crushed rocks/mineral. Wonderfully pure, dense, with a deep ruby/purple color and loads of fruit, definition, and a long finish, this is a brilliant, elegant Lafite Rothschild that builds incrementally in the mouth and has more power and density than it initially seems. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2025 " 94 Points, Robert Parker
``An old style Pauillac, yet made with far more purity and richness than the estate`s ancient vintages, this broad-shouldered, muscular, classic wine exhibits a saturated purple color, and sensationally dense, rich, concentrated, cassis flavors that roll over the palate with impressive purity and depth. The wine is tannic and closed, but powerful and rich. It appears to possess length and intensity similar to the 1996. This is a great young Pauillac. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2025.`` 95 points by Robert Parker erobertparker.com
``Very deep intense colour. Little development. Rather simple, sweet Cabernet aromas. Slightly New World in style! The oak is not yet integrated. Very tannic.`` Jancis Robinson.
The Fine Wine market has proved to be one of the most exciting investment opportunities over recent years and the demand for vintage wines has never been higher as more people seek to diversify their portfolios or simply drink great wine.
Bancroft Wines has an extensive cellar of vintage clarets and many other wines available for immediate delivery to you. Our prices are consistently amongst the most competitive on the market and we rigorously check the provenance of all wines we buy on the occasions that they do not come direct from the original chateau/estate..
Our team is always happy to advise you on your buying strategy and we have an increasing amount of customers setting up standing order accounts with us in order to build a wine portfolio both for drinking and investment. Please contact the Fine Wine Team should you wish to hear more about our portfolio services.
Bancroft Wines are always interested in buying Fine Wine. Provided provenance can be established and the wine has been cellared in proper conditions we will make an offer for your wine. Once the wine has been received and inspected payment will be made to you by cheque or bank transfer.Please contact Carlos De Haan for details.
The term Fine Wine has been coined to describe wines which are a cut above the ordinary. They are selected from the best grapes in the best vineyards and are thus usually made in small quantites. The vineyard sites selected for the production of fine wines are usually the best in the region, and thus command high prices. The costs incurred by the labour intensive viticultural and winemaking practices, coupled with the high set-up costs, tight selection and small production, inevitably mean high prices, and most fine wines fall into the premium or super-premium price bracket. However, the wines can only command these high prices if the quality lives up to the buyer's expectations, so it is a small market which only the best producers are able to tap in to.
Some wines have always been prised more than others because of their quality and reputation. As tastes change and fashions come and go, many wines and regions have waxed and waned over the centuries, but there are some that can rightly claim to have a long and illustrious history in producing the best wines, drunk by the most important people of the age. Such regions as Champagne and Burgundy were beloved by the Kings of France and the wines of Bordeaux were drunk in the Royal circles of the Kings of England. It is regions such as these who can rightly claim to have invented Fine Wine, even if they did not use the term, and the development of the classification of different wines and villages according to their quality has helped to cement their reputations.
The most famous such classification took place in 1855 and is known as the Classification of Médoc and Graves. This was the first systematic attempt to define the differences between the Chateaux of Bordeaux and catagorise them into levels of quality. So successful was this classification, that it remains unchanged today, though as many of the Chateaux have gone up or down in terms of quality over the last 150 years, it is not always as accurate as it might be. Now known as the Classed Growths, the wines that feature in this list have always been able to command higher prices than those of other Chateaux and can thus probably be described as the first Fine Wines.
The classification of 1855 was restricted to the 'left-bank' - Médoc, Graves and Sauternes-Barsac. The classification of St-Emilion did not occur until 100 years later, and unlike the left-bank, the wines in the St-Emilion classification are continually re-assesed for quality and wines can be promoted or demoted as seen fit by their peers.
Whilst the Burgundians also produced their own system of classification, based on the vineyards quality potential, rather than on the individual domaines, no other country or region has produced a similarly sophisticated classification.
The Bordeaux 2012 En Primeur campaign has started early this year! For more information please click here
Our Burgundy 2011 En Primeur Campaign is now running. Please follow the link to view the offer click here
Our Rhône 2011 En Primeur Campaign is now running. Please follow the link to view the offer click here
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Bancroft Wines has strong, direct relationships with the most long-established négociants in Bordeaux as well as with many of the most respected estates and growers in Burgundy and the Rhone placing us in an ideal position to secure allocations of many of the world's most desirable wines before they are on the open market.
Buying en primeur involves buying wines before they have been released - before they are even bottled in most cases - and taking delivery up to two years later when the wines are collected from the Chateaux.
Reasons that people invest in en primeur with Bancroft Wines are:
1. It is an opportunity to buy up wines at their first release price to maximise investment potential.
2. It is often the only time some of the rarest wines will appear on the market.
3. Bancroft Wines only include wines that we consider will be almost impossible to track down in future years without paying a premium price.
4. It is the best way to ensure that your purchases have perfect provenance and will be stored correctly from its release until the day you drink it.
Our Fine Wine team has extensive experience of these wines and travels to each region annually to taste the wines before offering them. We are always happy to advise you on the wines that will best suit your buying plans and can create cellars for you on a discretionary or non-discretionary basis.
Please contact the team should you wish to hear more about purchasing en primeur.
Contact The Fine Wine Team
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