1990 Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 375ML

  • WA 96
  • WS 95

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WA 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2009
Interestingly a bottle of 1990 Lafite Rothschild I pulled from my cellar for a video blog on my web site was still buttoned down tight and even with extended decanting was not showing as much as I would have hoped... Interestingly a bottle of 1990 Lafite Rothschild I pulled from my cellar for a video blog on my web site was still buttoned down tight and even with extended decanting was not showing as much as I would have hoped. However a bottle tasted of all places in Seoul Korea in February was only a few points short of perfection. That amazing performance motivated me to pull another bottle out of my cellar and follow it over the course of two days. Sure enough by the second day the wine was roaring from the glass. The 1990 Lafite has turned out far better than my early assessment. While it still possesses some firmness and performs like a late adolescent in terms of its evolution it boasts gorgeous aromas of cedar tobacco leaf cassis and lead pencil shavings. The explosive aromas are followed by a fleshy full-bodied wine that should hit its peak in 5-8 years and last for 25-30 more. Release price:($1400.00/case)
WS 95
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, February 2005
Very serious fruit with juicy berry tobacco and cedar character. Slightly more body than the 1989 but they are very close in character. I would give this a little more time. '89/'90 Bordeaux non-blind horizontal. Best... Very serious fruit with juicy berry tobacco and cedar character. Slightly more body than the 1989 but they are very close in character. I would give this a little more time. '89/'90 Bordeaux non-blind horizontal. Best after 2007.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 1990

Label

This famous First Growth is often described as perfumed, elegant and delicate, and one of the finest wines in Bordeaux. According to Baron Eric de Rothschild, Chateau Lafite has a beautiful, generous, and kindly soul that turns bare earth into heaven. The blend for this grand vin varies from vintage to vintage, but is typically 80-95% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5-20% Merlot, with the balance from Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

Winery

Lafite-Rothschild

Chateau Lafite, the famous Pauillac property of the Left Bank of the Medoc, began to earn its reputation as a great winemaking estate in the 17th century. Acquiring a strong following in London in the early 18th century, Lafite found its way to the Versailles court, receiving acclaim as the “The King’s Wine”. The reputation did not diminish, achieving a pinnacle when it was ranked a First Growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification.

On August 8, 1868, Baron James de Rothschild purchased Chateau Lafite, although he died just three months later leaving Lafite to his three sons. The years that followed were considered a golden age for the estate, producing a rich legacy of remarkable vintages.

Fortunes turned at the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, which were turbulent years. The vines suffered both a phylloxeric crisis and mildew. Then there was organized fraud, World War I, followed by the Great Depression, and finally the occupation of France during World War II. After this difficult period, Baron Elie de Rothschild was entrusted with the recovery of the Lafite estate, leading programs to restore the vineyards and the buildings, as well as becoming an active participant in tasting events and the founding of a regional guild.

The recovery and renewal period at Chateau Lafite was continued by his nephew, Baron Eric de Rothschild, who made great strides forward in the management of the estate and in the replanting and restoration of the vineyards. He also extended the horizons of the Domaines through new acquisitions both in France and abroad.