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1998 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac
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About Chateau Lafite-Rothschild

Chateau Lafite-Rothschild has been sitting at the top of Bordeaux wine lists since the 17th century. Purchased by the Rothschild family in 1868, Lafite has seen it all over the years, from epidemics of phylloxera to German occupation during World War II. Today, Lafite continues to produce some of the finest, and most expensive, wines in the world.

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1998 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac

Producer: Chateau Lafite-Rothschild
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Bordeaux Blend
Origin: France
Region: Bordeaux
Appellation: Pauillac

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94(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/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 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.

93 Points | Wine Spectator
98 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Daniel / Right bank
by Tsybulevskiy12618879
very good, my score is 96
by Exploding German Toads
The height of sophistication.
by Walter A. Kotrba, CWE
While some other First Growth always seems to steal the spotlight in a particular vintage, Lafite is always right there with consistent, stylish, beautiful wines. Even in '98, this is no exception, with a bouquet of black currants, tobacco-cigar box aromas. The mouth is full, even thick with currants, plums, minerals, the acid is lower than usual and the tannins big and soft, followed by a curranty finish with hints of pepper and spicy figs. Above all, lovely texture and weight. "A-" Tasters' Guild, June, 2001


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