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1988 Château Lafite Rothschild

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / PAUILLAC
  • 94 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52681-1988-1500-0

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$745.00

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    Broodingly backward and in need of considerable bottle age, the 1988 is a classic expression of Lafite. This deeply-colored wine exhibits the tell-tale Lafite bouquet of cedar, subtle herbs, dried pit fruits, minerals, and cassis. Extremely concentrated, with brilliantly focused flavors and huge tannins, this backward, yet impressively endowed Lafite-Rothschild may well turn out to be the wine of the vintage!
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Quite deep purple. Inky. Very Cabernet nose. Smooth and more than a hint of Lafite's trademark dancing elegance. Gentle start and quite a dry finish, but very, very respectable and true to the vintage. Quite long.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Slightly disappointing for Lafite, this has medium body, fine tannins and pretty aromas and flavors of tobacco, cedar and fruit. Though lacking in fruit and tannin concentration, it's elegant and supple, giving plenty of pleasure.--1988 Bordeaux horizontal. Drink now.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Decanter | Rating: 96

    This was a vintage that remained tight and closed for a long time. They are just starting to drink this at the chateau apparently, as Salin says it is their dinner wine right now. The salinity is coming through, giving a sappy grip through the mid palate, the effortless racy elegance of an older Cabernet Sauvignon with its truffles, smoked cedar, its grilled black fruits. Colour wise this is very much still intact, just a slight bricking at the edges. A lovely example of how you should never give up on wines from great estates – there will always be a moment when the terroir will out, as we saw on recent tastings of the 1975. The 1988 is certainly having one of those moments, and its long finessed finish should be savoured. 72% Cabernet Sauvignon.
    Author: Jane Anson
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2003-2029
    Author: Mark
  • Self | Rating:

    Drunk on Christmas Day, 2014, accompanied by pigs in a blanket.
    Author: Jonathan D
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Finally the '88 Lafite has reached a pleasurable stage. The considerable hard tannins have softened and the fruit core remains. Has lovely and subtle herbal and woody notes on a masculkine framework. Drink up.
    Drink Dates: 2016-2020
    Author: Brock M
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Mature
    Author: marv
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.

See other similar producers:Chateau Mouton Rothschild,Chateau Petrus,Chateau Cos D'Estournel

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1744 bottles owned
  • 345 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 345 collectors)