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Lafite Could Pick Timing of 2018 Harvest After Challenges Earlier in Season

April 10, 2019

Chateau Lafite-Rothschild was able to benefit from ``the time to choose as never before'' in deciding when to pick grapes in the 2018 harvest, ``to attack each parcel, with maturity being the only deciding factor,'' according to its tasting notes for the vintage. 

Chateau Lafite-Rothschild 2018 tasting. Photo: Guy Collins

The blend in the main wine was 91 percent cabernet sauvignon, 8.5 percent merlot and 0.5 percent petit verdot, while in second wine Carruades de Lafite it was 56.5 percent cabernet sauvignon, 38 percent merlot and 5.5 percent cabernet franc.

For Chateau Duhart-Milon, made by the same team and from a neighboring vineyard owned by the estate, the blend was 65 percent cabernet sauvignon and 35 percent merlot for its main wine and 60 percent merlot and 40 percent cabernet sauvignon for second wine Moulin de Duhart. 

Lafite said that both the cabernet sauvignon and merlot grapes `shone,' both during fermentation and blending. For the main Lafite wine and Carruades, the merlot harvest ran from Sept. 17 to 24, the cabernet sauvignon from Sept. 25 to Oct. 5, the cabernet franc all picked on Sept. 24 and the petit verdot picked on Oct. 3 and 4. At Duhart Milon the merlot harvest finished a day later and the cabernet sauvignon a day earlier. 


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