Légende Pauillac

A major appellation in the Médoc, Pauillac benefits from an exceptional terroir characterized by gravelly hilltops on a clay subsoil which ensures natural drainage and encourages the vines to develop deep roots: these are the perfect conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Légende Pauillac is made from grapes grown in Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite)’s own vineyards and, once again, the wines are made with the same attention to detail as for the Grand Vin. Produced from the properties’ younger vines, these are classic , good quality wines. Their structure is less concentrated than their prestigious elders, allowing them to age more quickly, and after just a few months in the bottle, they offer an original, unique style, with the fullness and complexity for which the appellation is renowned.  

Légende Pauillac


  • Millésime 2011

    • 70% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 30% Merlot

    L’année 2011 a été l’une des plus chaudes, des plus ensoleillées et surtout, l’une des plus sèches de ces quatre dernières décennies. Ces conditions climatiques ont favorisé d’abord une floraison rapide, homogène, et très précoce (2 à 3 semaines d’avance sur la moyenne), et ont ensuite occasionné un stress hydrique sévère sur certaines parcelles, puis une véraison précoce, courant juillet. Le mois d’août a été assez chaud mais arrosé, provoquant une forte pression du botrytis.

    Les vendanges ont été précoces : début septembre pour les merlots et mi-septembre pour les cabernets. Après deux millésimes riches et concentrés, le millésime 2011 a signé le retour de l’harmonie et de l’équilibre : un millésime classique.

    Notes de dégustation (à la mise en bouteilles):

    Robe : rubis sombre et brillante.
    Nez : intense et complexe, avec des arômes de tabac, boite à cigare et des notes épicées (poivre, muscade)
    Bouche : ample à l’attaque, évoluant sur des tanins à la fois denses et soyeux, avec une longue finale épicée et fraîche à la fois.

  • Vintage 2010

    • 60% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 40% Merlot

    In 2010, difficult conditions at the time of flowering of certain varieties (Cabernet and late Merlot) often led to coulure (flower abortion) and millerandage (mixed berry sizes), accompanied by a historic drought.
    The average yield in 2010 was down 15% on 2009.
    This allowed the production of wines of high overall quality: exceptionally rich tannins, high alcohol levels balanced with strong acidity, which will ensure the liveliness and longevity of the wines. The Left Bank wines, the stars of the 2010 vintage, combine power, structure and an attractive freshness on the palate. 2009/2010: a historic duo!

    Tasting notes (at bottling)

    Colour: very deep crimson.
    Nose: classically elegant, combining spicy aromas (vanilla, liquorice) with subtle woody notes (mocha). After aeration, the nose opens up, developing menthol and dried flower aromas.
    Palate: a powerful, well-structured wine, with dense, silky tannins and a long, fresh finish with hints of menthol.

  • Vintage 2009

    • 65% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 35% Merlot

    The 2009 vintage met the five conditions necessary for a great year in Bordeaux: homogeneous, early flowering and setting of the fruit (early June) with warm, dry, sunny weather; an equally early start to the ripening process (véraison), beginning in late July, complete ripeness due a hot, dry August and September, and finally dream harvests starting late in September, in perfect weather conditions!
    The 2009 Pauillacs are powerful, rich and concentrated: a great vintage for the AOC!

    Tasting notes (at bottling)

    Colour: Deep ruby red.
    Nose: Intense, delicate and complex, dominated by notes of leather and wax polish. Jammy aromas of Morello cherries and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg) develop with swirling.
    Palate: A robust, rich wine with powerful, ripe, well-integrated tannins. The finish is very long, with spices and liquorice

  • Vintage 2008

    • 75% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 25% Merlot

    2008 was the smallest crop since the frost of 1991: 20% less than 2007, for which yields were already lower than usual. After an early bud break, the vines suffered from late frosts that destroyed part of the crop in many vineyards. As in 2007, the 2008 vintage was saved thanks to the particularly favourable, dry, sunny September and October.

    Tasting notes (at bottling)

    Colour: deep ruby.
    Nose:  discreet, elegant and seductive with woody, vanilla and spicy notes.
    Palate: full-bodied, powerful and well-balanced with a peppery aromatic persistence and lovely freshness on the finish. A classic, distinguished Pauillac with good ageing potential.