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Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1990

$3136.00 per bottle

  • $2979.00 per 12 bottle case 5% DISCOUNT

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"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" Robert Parker

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1990 VINTAGE

96 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.
97 First part of this blind tasting where Mouton, Lafite and Latour were tasted together in the following vintages and order: 1994, 1988, 1995, 1996, 1986, 1990 and 1989. Sixth flight: 1990. Dark red color of good intensity. Black reflections. Clear nose of average intensity. Fruity, incredibly fresh for the vintage. Ripe. Ink. Blackcurrant. Upon swirling, the nose is similar. Cedar. Great. Powerful. On the palate, the wine is powerful, fresh, juicy, energic and very, very tasty. This is a wine that evolves with density, ripeness and has been able to keep its freshness. Nice powerful length with a refined and long grain of tannin. It's great! Can be enjoyed now and until 2030. This is a bottle from the same original wooden case tasted in 2001.
95 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. 25,000 cases made. –JS
19

Light ruby. Rather a fight going on on the nose between Lafite’s trademark elegance and the rich trollopey nature of the vintage. Quite unctuous on the palate – especially for a Lafite. This splits the difference nicely between super-ripeness – very flirtatious. Racy and completely covers the palate. More obvious acidity than the Latour 1990.

 

Name  Chateau Lafite Rothschild
Vintage  1990
Type  Rouge / Red
Appellation  Pauillac
Classification  1er Cru Classé / 1st Growth
Grape Varieties Cabernet Sauvignon 80 to 95%, Merlot 5 to 20%, Cabernet franc and Petit Verdot 0 to 5%. Note that there are a few differing cases such as vintage 1994: 99% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot, vintage 1961: 100% of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Format  750ml
Alcohol  12.5%
Vineyard  112 Hectares with approximately 78 Hectares under vine.
Average Age of Vines The average age of the grapevines is 38 years old, over all. But it must be noted that vines younger than 10 years old (representing 20 hectares) are not used in the Grand Vin. This means that the average age of the vines used in the Grand Vin (Château Lafite Rothschild itself) average 45 years. The oldest plot, called “La Gravière , was planted in 1886.
Production  15,000 - 20,000 cases
Soil  Fine deep gravel, mixed with aeolian sand on a subsoil of tertiary limestone.
Winemaking

The grapes of each plot are fermented in separate tanks in order to maintain identity and integrity of each parcel. Fermentation takes place in wooden vats where the musts macerate between 18 and 25 days. A second fermentation phase, called malolactic fermentation, takes place in vats before the wine is transferred into barrels by batches.

Lafite further refined its vinification procedures with the construction of two vat rooms consisting of several dozen smaller-sized tanks. A Merlot vat room (with concrete tanks ranging from 50 to 125 hl) in order to make wine with an extra level of care from all the various plots of Merlot. A divisional vat room (with stainless steel vats ranging from 30 to 70 hl) dedicated to malolactic fermentation (secondary fermentation) in order to continue plot selection all the way through the vinification process for any batches of Cabernet or Merlot that require it.

Ageing  100% new, French oak barrels for 18 to 20 months

Website: www.lafite.com