Market Analysis: Château Lafite Rothschild

Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

Charles Kirkwood, Director of Wine & Spirits at, breaks down a market analysis of Château Lafite Rothschild. There are only a handful of estates worldwide that have the cachet of Lafite Rothschild. Even less so are estates that not only have the value stability, but a history of continual appreciation. The 2019 vintage, for example, has increased in value by 33.3% since en primeur two years ago. 2016 has appreciated by 34.3% over the last five years, and 2015 by 21.9%. You see the trend. Even Lafite’s second label, Carruades, see’s significant appreciation over the years.

Along with Petrus, Lafite Rothschild is the cornerstone of any wine collection with the purpose of wine investment. I might also add that the wine is magnificent. While intended to age for decades, if not a century, younger bottlings can be approachable if given time to breathe.

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Charles Kirkwood
Charles Kirkwood

Director of Wine & Spirits, WSETIII Advanced. Throughout the years Charles has developed direct relationships with acclaimed producers and brokers to source the most coveted bottlings in the world, from entire state-wide distributor allocations of Emmanuel Rouget and Jean-Louis Chave, to direct imports of back vintage Méo-Camuzet and first growth Bordeaux. Charles brings his decades of experience in fine wine to Saratoga Wine Exchange. Customers can rely on his international reputation to source wine of exceptional quality, value, and most often, appreciable value.