Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1998, Pauillac, France
PRESS: Robert Parkert - 98 points. "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)."
Wine Spectator - 95 points.
Decanter - 94 points.
Producer: Chateau Lafite Rothschild
Country Hierarchy: Medoc, Bordeaux, France
Grape/Blend: Bordeaux Blend Red (81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot)
Wine Style: Red - Savory and Classic
Peak: Drink until 2035
Alcohol Content: 13%
Little or no chemical fertilizers are used, use only organic fertilizers in the vineyards of Lafite Rothschild.