1998 - Ch Lafite Rothschild 1er Cru Pauillac
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Lafite Rothschild
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
Drinking
2020 - 2051
Case size
3x150cl
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1998 CH LAFITE ROTHSCHILD 1ER CRU PAUILLAC - 3x150cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Lafite Rothschild
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
Drinking
2020 - 2051
Case size
3x150cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £4,336.07 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, July 2018,
    Score: 96

    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. 2018-2050

  • RP2

    Robert Parker, April 1999,
    Score: 91-94

    Kudos to Charles Chevalier who has fashioned this brilliant Lafite. The 1998 (40% of the crop made it into the grand vin) is a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot. It is a great success for the vintage, and one of the superstars of the Medoc. The 1998 Lafite-Rothschild offers extraordinary nobility and accessibility. It already reveals a remarkably complex nose of black currants, lead pencil, minerals, and subtle new oak. Rich, with a gorgeous symmetry, sweet tannin, and a concentrated, profoundly long finish, it possesses a sense of surreal elegance. In spite of its richness and intensity, it has retained the finesse for which Lafite is renowned. This should develop into an aromatic Lafite that will surprise people by its richness and harmony. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2030.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, April 2000,
    Score: 92-94

    Thirty-four percent of the harvest made it into this wine, which is one of the best balanced wines in this difficult vintage in the Medoc. An exquisite effort, it exhibits an opaque purple color, as well as generous quantities of complex, smoky, lead pencil, mineral, and red and black fruit aromas. Rich, with remarkable levels of sweet tannin, this layered, super-concentrated 1998 reveals supple tannin for the vintage. It is an amazing effort! The final blend was 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2035.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2001,
    Score: 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). Anticipated maturity: 2007-2035.

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Producer

Château Lafite Rothschild

One peek into Château Lafite's cellar is like entering into the 18th century. Its cobweb-covered chandeliers subtly light shadowy corridors that play host to hundreds of ancient vintages. Nothing could be more representative of its wine making philosophy - classic, stylish and yet powerful - characteristics that have made it one of the most collectible wines in the world. Situated in the north of Pauillac, Château Lafite-Rothschild sits on gravel soils with bits of limestone scattered in the mix. It is one of the largest estates in the Medoc and one of the most prominent, the wines exude elegance and finesse. The vineyard is laid out to mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) with the rest comprising Merlot (25%) Cabernet Franc (3%) and Petit Verdot (2%). The second wine, Carruades de Lafite, has a slightly more Merlot than the Grand Vin and is thus more approachable in its youth.

Region

Pauillac

Due south of St Estèphe lies the appellation of Pauillac, the king of Left Bank communes. It is home to three first growths as well as a plethora of other classified growths. Pauillac's renowned well-draining, gravelly soils enable its dominant grape Cabernet Sauvignon to reach fantastic heights of complexity and concentration. As a result, Pauilac's wines tend to be full-bodied with compact tannins and good freshness. Its aromatics are often what one associates with classic Bordeaux: pencil shavings, black currant and occasional mint. Some of the most famous châteaux of the commune are Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande and Lynch Bages.