1998 Lafite Rothschild

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Wine Critic Reviews:

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). Anticipated maturity: 2007-2035.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 98 RP
The 1998 Lafite-Rothschild is served from double magnum directly from the château reserves, in fact with the man who made it sitting opposite me – Charles Chevalier. I must admit to being quite amazed how well this shows at 20-years of age, trouncing all the other First Growths except Haut-Brion. Lucid in colour, it has a vivid bouquet of pure blackberry, blueberry, vanilla and graphite, perhaps just a little uncharacteristically showy in style, but beautifully defined and intense. The palate is perfectly balanced with layers of ripe black fruit, perfectly pitched acidity and a silky smooth texture that renders this utterly seductive. It is almost too good for me to recommend cellaring longer. Whatever...it is a sublime Lafite-Rothschild that on this showing, may well challenge the supremacy of the 1996. Tasted at the Académie du Vin dinner in Bordeaux.

Vinous Media | 96 VM
Amazing aromas of crushed blackberries, toasted oak and currant, spices. Really a great nose. Full-bodied, with round and velvety tannins and a long, long finish. It lasts for minutes on the palate. Superb. Best wine of the Médoc, without a doubt.--'88/'98 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2008). Best after 2011. 21,665 cases made.

Wine Spectator | 95 WS
Easy vintage until September, when conditions in the Médoc particularly became humid, which meant accelerating the harvest (it was one of those years when Lafite benefitted enormously from its ability to ramp up a bigger-than-expected team of pickers). Salin still calls this a lunch wine, because of its supple freshness, its balance that would work so perfectly with food.The vintage was a showcase for Bordeaux on the Right Bank, where it was considered great from the start. The Medoc and Graves were less well received at the time, but are ripe for rediscovering now. This still has a lovely deep ruby red colour, and on both the nose and palate you are getting to secondary aromas, a walk in the forest, mushrooms, cedars, heather, game – these are flavours you just don’t get in young wines, and amply reward the patience of holding bottles back. The surprise, and the Lafite signature, comes in its vibrancy, in its huge persistency and in the lift on the finish.

Decanter | 94 DEC
| 94 W&S

Sokolin 1998 Lafite Rothschild Tasting Notes:

With an expected maturity that lasts at least until 2035, this wine is a great investment for aspiring wine fanatics and entrepreneurs alike. Its fleshy, dense texture will remind you of juicy marmalade. The deep garnet color of the wine hints at the beauty that shines through every drop, as the flavors slowly make their presence known. Enjoy a layered combination of sandalwood, juicy plum, smoke, blackcurrant, and minerals, and enjoy it slowly. This is not a wine that rewards a rushed sampling. The finish is long and savory, leaving a strong perfume in your mouth that you will never want to get rid of.

If you're on the market for guaranteed heavy-hitters and bottles that will steal the show at any party or gathering, this is about as safe as you can go. The wines are delicious today while possessing enough longevity to sit for another decade or so.
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Vintage 1998
Format 750 ml
Color Red
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Lafite
Rating 98 RP
Region Bordeaux: Even among the greatest and most reputable wine regions on the planet, Bordeaux stands above the rest. The winemakers of this region have a single-minded dedication to the fine art of viticulture and their efforts never fail to show. If you consider yourself a fine wine enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to visit Bordeaux - life changing. Whether you wish to drink some inspirational and gripping wine as soon as possible, or you want to add some masterpieces to your collection, no region on Earth is a more obvious choice. The noble and beautiful Garonne and Dordogne rivers surge through southwestern France, enriching the soil in a way very few other places can boast. The limestone-based earth is rich in calcium, and the almost oceanic climate conditions give the staple Bordeaux grape varietals vigor and flavor like nowhere else. For their illustrious reds, Bordeaux winemakers rely on a proven combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Meanwhile, a sip of their excellent white wine hints at the use of Semillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc.Each of these varietals carries a unique identity, making every quality wine a character piece to rival Citizen Kane. It can be incredibly hard to choose only a few wines to collect for your cellar!
Type of Wine Bordeaux Red: Picture in your mind a combination of cedar, lead pencil, blackcurrant, plum and mineral aromatics, and texture that caresses your palate like a playful lover. The experience is thrilling from the first whiff to the final seconds of a tannic, generous finish - that is what you'll get from a Bordeaux Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend: Since its birth in France, the art of Bordeaux-inspired blends has been brought to regions like California, and Washington, where New World visionaries add their own unique spin to the formula, creating mouth-watering tributes to Bordeaux's viticultural greatness. Today, with a compelling cultural mixture, sampling Bordeaux blends is more excited than ever.
Customer Reviews
  1. This wine is utterly delicious and charismatic.
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    I don't know what happened to this bottle. Maybe I gave it too much air. Maybe it wasn't stored correctly. I love strong wines and don't mind a higher alcohol percentage. This one was a bit thin on the palate. However, other than this, it made quite an impression. <br/> <br/>It's utterly delicious and drinkable, I think it's mostly Cabernet Sauvignon so we paired it with beef wellington and it was splendid. It brought some beautiful black fruits flavor and great texture to this wine, and it was really juicy and delightful thanks to Merlot in the blend. This may not have been the cheapest wine I've bought, but the experience was worth it for sure. Such a charismatic drink, quenches your thirst and leaves a lovely aftertaste.


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  2. The 1998 Lafite is simply divine! Majestic!
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    I had heard about this wine before and I got it on an auction. I knew it was a bottle worth having, but I had no idea it was such a remarkable drink! The 1998 Lafite is simply divine! Majestic! I have no words to describe it, whatever I say doesn't do it justice. It's absolutely brilliant in every aspect, and now I have to get another bottle to keep for a bit more. <br/> <br/>I was impatient to try it, but it's got such potential that I believe it will outlive many of the best vintages. I particularly enjoyed the well-balanced acidity and sweetness of the fruit, along with the fine tannins. The aftertaste was lingering for quite a bit, and it was so impressively satisfying.


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