Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1784
Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1784 is a vintage French wine made by Chateau Lafite Rothschild.
Château Lafite Rothschild
Château Lafite Rothschild is one of the leading wine estates in France. Based in the village of Paulillac in the Médoc region, its Bordeaux are among the world’s most expensive.
The estate produces around 35,000 cases each year of which 15,000 to 25,000 are first growths. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot comprise the majority of its output.
History of Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1784
Described as “the greatest vintage of the period”, the wine was produced during the same year in which the Chateau was sold by its owner Count Nicolas-Marie-Alexandre de Ségur to M. de Monthieu, as he fled to Holland to avoid his mounting debts.
Although President Thomas Jefferson identified the Lafite 1795 "the best liked wine of any that year" it is evident from Jefferson's written correspondence and notes that he considerd the Lafite 1784 to be the greatest wine of his time describing it as ""one of the best vintages which has happened in nine years". Jefferson bacame interested in winemaking whilst serving as ambassador to the Versailles Court.
In 1985 a dozen bottles engraved 'Th.J', including three Lafite 1784, were found in a walled up cellar in Paris. The authenticity of these bottles has been questioned, following tests in 1987 one bottle was found to contain ‘an unspecified amount post-1960’.
Experts’ tasting notes
The wine was described at a legendary tasting organised by notable collector Lloyd Robert Flatt in October 1988 as: “Intensely dark colour, like an old style brown sherry; an astounding smell, pure balsamic vinegar; yet still sweet, intense with high extract.”
Notable auction sales
At a Christies auction in 1985, billionaire Malcolm Forbes paid $156,450 for a bottle of Lafite 1787, a single bottle auction record at the time. This bottle is one of the three which carries the 'Th.J' initials etched into the glass, believed to have once been owned by President Jefferson.
In November 2000 a bottle of the Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1784 was sold at a Christie’s auction for a price of £24,200.
Main article: Château Lafite Rothschild wine price guide
In April 2011 two bottles were available on the market; the first was offered by Austrian wine merchant wineandmore.com at a price of $114,837.17.
The second bottle was priced at $170,736.04 by Japanese dealer netwine.co.jp.