1998 Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • WA 98
  • WS 95
  • IWC 94

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WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2001
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... 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.
WS 95
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2009
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... 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. 21665 cases made. -JS
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2001
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... 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. 94(+?) points
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 1998

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.