Lafite ’15 Climbs to Three-Year High on Liv-ex

Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac. Photo: Guy Collins

By Guy Collins

The 2015 vintage of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild traded at 5,400 pounds ($7,400) per 12-bottle case in bond on the London-based online wine exchange Liv-ex this month, its highest level for three years, according to Liv-ex’s “Talking Trade” market report.

It also had the highest share of trade by value on the exchange of any Bordeaux wine in the week ended Jan. 28, when Bordeaux’s share of overall trading accounted for 33.6%, Liv-ex said. That was up from 27.3% the previous week, but down from the 2020 share of 42%.

The 2015 vintage of Lafite was a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot, according to the estate website, with no Cabernet Franc or Petit Verdot. Bud break and flowering were early that year, the summer was hot and water stress high, but rain in August helped the grapes to ripen and harvest conditions were ideal.

Lafite was ranked a first-growth estate in the 1855 Bordeaux left-bank classification, and its wines are typically aged for between 18 and 20 months in 100% new oak barrels. It produces around 16,000 cases a year of its main wine, according to the website.

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