1989 Lafite-Rothschild 750ml

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1989 Lafite-Rothschild

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Jancis Robinson | 18.5

On being poured there was real tension in the glass, I felt, between Lafite's delicate style and the big, ripe character of this vintage, warmed as it was by a particularly hot summer, the summer of the bicentenary of the French revolution. There was a slightly burnt note and quite a bit of tannin on the finish. But then it really mellowed in the glass and became super voluptuous. And fragrant. But edgier than the 1997. Unusually spicy for Lafite and wonderfully persistent. These bottles had been bought in 1996 for just £55 each (which probably seemed iniquitous at the time). The 1989 Lafite is now trading at £800 a bottle, a surprisingly low premium on the 1997.

Drink Dates: 2000-2020
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 90

As I suspected, the 1989 and 1990 vintages of Lafite-Rothschild have gone dormant. Both wines were among the more closed, backward examples in my blind tasting. The 1989 Lafite is also outstanding, but closed, with the tannin more elevated, and the wine so stubbornly reticent as to make evaluation almost impossible. Lafite's 1989 was far more easy to taste and understand several years ago. It appears to have gone completely to sleep. This medium ruby-colored, medium-bodied wine reveals new oak in the nose, and a spicy finish. It is a quintessentially elegant, restrained, understated style of Lafite.

Drink Dates: 2006-2025
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 109

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Wine Spectator | 93

Subtle, yet rich and decadent, offering meat, sweet berry and fresh leather on the nose. Full and very soft, with velvety tannins and a long, fruity finish. This has so much ripe fruit. Reserved and firm, this is turning to a very fine and shy Lafite. This is fresh and structured, but still holding back. I wouldn't wait, though. '89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2009). Drink now.

Author: James Suckling
Issue: Web Only - 2010

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Score: 90
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
Mature
Score: 94
Author: Wakely
Tasted On: 12/22/2012
Outstanding, complex, 3 hour decant but still opened up more over drinking
Score: 92
Author: StuTarheel
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/13/2013
Drink Dates: 2012-2020
This nicely mature with typical Lafite elegance. Red berry fruit with flowery notes. Tannins are nicely rounded. Soft and supple in the mouth. Well-balanced. Nice length to the finish with a pleasant spiciness and slight cigar box.
Score: 92
Author: Conrad K
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 08/08/2009
Drink Dates: 2008-2025
Subdued nose followed by with pencil lead and cedar on the palate. Tannis are still very firm and after two hours of air the fruit was still not expressive . This will need several more years to fully evolve.

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Score: 90
Author: gm
Trust Rating: 45
Tasted On: 06/13/2009
Drink Dates: 2006-2025

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About This Producer


Chateau Lafite-Rothschild is one of the Bordeaux First Growths in Pauillac, and possesses a long history of exceptional quality. In the 17th century, the vineyards were owned by Alexandre de Segur, also proprietor of Chateau Latour. After the French revolution, the chateau was purchased by several Dutch merchants before the current owners, the Rothschild family, acquired it in 1868.

Chateau Lafite-Rothschild is one of the largest Medoc estates, producing 15,000 to 25,000 cases per year. The grand vin is composed primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon (up to 95%) with the balance divided between Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. 1994 and 1961 are exceptions, however, and consist of 99% and 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, respectively. Part of the estate's production goes to its second wine called Carruades de Lafite (previously names Moulin des Carruades) which is produced from up to 70% Cabernet, with a larger proportion of Merlot. The best vintages of Lafite include 1918, 1846, 1945, 1947, 1959, 1961, 1982, 1990, 2000, 2003, and 2005. Lafite has a balanced elegance supported by the structure of its tannins. It is both full-bodied and silky. Aromas include currant, leather, graphite and tobacco. As Lafite ages, it reveals more minerals, as well as almond, violet, and cedar.

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