1998 Lafite-Rothschild 750ml

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WA 98   IWC 94(+?)   WS 93   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

A blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot, this wine represents only 34% of Lafite's total harvest. In a less than perfect Medoc vintage, it has been spectacular since birth, putting on more weight and flesh over the last year. This opaque purple-colored 1998 is close to perfection. The spectacular nose of lead pencil, smoky, mineral, and black currant fruit soars majestically from the glass. The wine is elegant yet profoundly rich, revealing the essence of Lafite's character. The tannin is sweet, and the wine is spectacularly layered yet never heavy. The finish is sweet, super-rich, yet impeccably balanced and long (50+ seconds).

Drink Dates: 2007-2035
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 134

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94(+?)

Saturated bright ruby. Noble aromas of blackcurrant, cedar, lead pencil, licorice and nutty oak. Very intensely flavored and penetrating, with great class and grip. Impressively concentrated and juicy, but still rather imploded in the middle palate. This showed terrific subtle sweetness as it opened in the glass. Offers quintessential Lafite elegance as well as the strong backbone to support long aging. The finish features firm but ripe tannins and uncanny persistence of flavor. A candidate for the Medoc wine of the vintage.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 96

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

Beautifully proportioned. Aromas of blackberry and spice, with a hint of toasted oak. Full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long finish. Very well done. Best of the Médoc first-growths. 21,665 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2008+
Author: James Suckling

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: Tallydoc
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 08/11/2010
Drink Dates: 2008-2035

Rating: 98
Author: dave1161
Trust Rating: 13
Tasted On: 12/24/2008

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Rating: 96
Author: taipanli
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 07/29/2009

Rating: 94
Author: Thierry27
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/03/2012
Drink Dates: 2015-2025
Amazing how it is still "young"... Big wine, tannins integrated but fruit still red. I read it yook 20 years for a Lafite to really express itself, this 98 confirms...

Rating: 92
Author: Brian-Mark Cellar
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 03/06/2012
Drink Dates: 2008-2020
Spice and berry on the nose Initially very smooth, but with some acid on the tongue, then tannins on the finish Not much fruit in the mouth...very typically French Bordeaux style wine Acid and tannins recede as wine opens up

Average rating: 92, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

5873 bottles owned by 977 collectors.

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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.

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

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend

Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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