Daily Wine News: 150 Years of Lafite

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Château Lafite Rothschild label. (Wikimedia)

Château Lafite Rothschild label. (Wikimedia)

“Did I want to taste 16 vintages of Lafite at one of a series of small dinners at the chateau in Bordeaux commemorating the 150th anniversary of the estate’s purchase by the Rothschild family? If you love wine, there is only one answer to that question.” Eric Asimov tastes 150 years of history at Lafite and offers notes on the wines in the New York Times.

It seems Elin McCoy was also in attendance. In Bloomberg, she profiles Saskia de Rothschild, the latest member of her family to take over at Château Lafite Rothschild. “De Rothschild has two brothers and a number of cousins who might’ve taken on the top role. But she had the primary requirement: She actually wanted the job.”

“The amount that we enjoy a bottle of wine is a direct function of the stories we tell about it,” writes Felix Salmon in VinePair. “It’s much better, in fact, than the kind of wine-snob knowledge that allows people to identify wines in blind tastings or wax authoritative on the subject of malolactic fermentation. Knowledge is a dispassionate, Apollonian thing; stories are where we find Dionysian pleasure.”

“Some of the top producers of Marlborough launched Appellation Marlborough Wine (AMW), a historic initiative for a non-European wine region that will establish a European-style appellation for their highly successful brand, reports Jancis Robinson.

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Esther Mobley is launching a weekly newsletter—Drinking with Esther—to share everything that doesn’t make it into the newspaper stories.

In Wine-Searcher, W. Blake Gray delves into the controversy swarming around Vouvray’s Domaine Huet.

Ian D’Agata explores Italy’s 2017 rosatos in Vinous.

In Decanter, Jane Anson looks at what’s changed in St-Estèphe, and re-tastes 38 wines from 2014.

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