$2697.00 per bottle
Jean-Marc Quarin ~ 99 Points
"(..) the wine melts on fruity and floral flavors towards a powerful finish where the fruity, floral and finely liquorice tannin can be literally sucked on the palate.This wine delivers great impressions of freshness and concentration while overall appearing so enigmatically ethereal! Very racy. A quintessential wine!"
|99||Dark red color of good intensity, uniform, crystal clear, nice and youthful. The nose is clear at first, of average intensity, very fine, complex, fresh giving a great impression of being concentrated. Blackcurrant, oak, vanilla and violet. Upon swirling, the nose remains the same, with a touch of evolution on meat aromas, yet very nuanced. Smooth and clear on entry, the wine develops on a tight structure, of good intensity, evolving fat, juicy, and complex. At the same time, the wine melts on fruity and floral flavors towards a powerful finish where the fruity, floral and finely liquorice tannin can be literally sucked on the palate. It is impossible to spit out. This wine delivers great impressions of freshness and concentration while overall appearing so enigmatically ethereal! Very racy. A quintessential wine!|
|94||The 1988 Lafite continues to offer persuasive evidence that it is the wine of the Medoc, as well as a top candidate for the wine of the vintage. Much deeper in color than the 1989, the 1988 has the classic Lafite bouquet of cedar, subtle herbs, dried pit fruits, and cassis. Extremely concentrated, with brilliantly focused flavors and huge tannins, this backward yet impressively endowed Lafite-Rothschild does not enjoy the acclaim of the 1982, 1986, 1989, and 1990, but do not be surprised to see it rivaling those wines in 15-20 years. The wine of the vintage?
|94||Beautiful and subtle on the nose, with mineral, berry, licorice and dark chocolate. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a pretty balance of fruit and mint. Long and caressing. Real claret here. Everyone talks about 1989, but this is very close in quality.—'88/'98 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2008).|
|Name||Chateau Lafite Rothschild|
|Type||Rouge / Red|
|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.|
|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.|
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|
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