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Château Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru 1989

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1989 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Double Magnum

3.96 5 0.5
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Château Lafite Rothschild:
  Chateau Lafite Rothschild grew from a 180 acre winery to a massive company spanning multiple countries and producing 35,000 cases of wine annually. When Baron James de Rothschild purchased Chateau Lafite on August 8th, 1868, he was purchasing land that was already full of history. According to the 1855 classification, Chateau Lafite was ranked among the first among the First Growths,... Read more
  Chateau Lafite Rothschild grew from a 180 acre winery to a massive company spanning multiple countries and producing 35,000 cases of wine annually. When Baron James de Rothschild purchased Chateau Lafite on August 8th, 1868, he was purchasing land that was already full of history. According to the 1855 classification, Chateau Lafite was ranked among the first among the First Growths, meaning that it made the best, most expensive wine at the time. Though James de Rothschild didn’t live long enough to see his winery prosper, since he died just three months after founding the chateau, his offspring have preserved the chateau’s high standing for generations. The winery’s first major purchase took place in 1962, when they bought the dying Chateau Duhart-Milton. By that time, the once-thriving vineyard had only 42 acres to its name, but Chateau Lafite Rothschild breathed new life into the property, upgrading the equipment and replanting much of the vines. 1984 marked the start of a long chain of purchases, with Chateau Rieussec in 1984, Vina Los Vascos, in Chile, in 1988, and Chateau l’Evangile in 1990. By 1999, they began restoring the Aussieres Estate, a massive 1,500 acre plot, and in 2008 they announced plans to create a winery in Penglai, China. After all this, Baron Eric de Rothschild, the current owner of the estate, continues to look forward toward the future, with new markets, like China, just over the horizon. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Château Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065215,724
4.00 5
09/22/2008

A very open and giving nose with a ruch of cassis, maduro tobacco, pencil lead, really gains in intensity with a classic, slightly herbaceous, spice (chinese 5 spice), exotic berry fruited nose that retains a toaty edge and hints of earth and eggshell. Certainly bigger and lusher than the 1988 with softer acidity, nice red fruits and leather up front with tannins only peaking out on the finish. While the nose grew all evening this became less interesting in the mouth losing a bit of it's fleshiness revealing more drying tannin. The fruit on the finish remains lovely with a bit more obvious toast and scorthed earth as well as roasted plum. Nice and just entering it's peak drinking window.


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Snooth User: emag
322284
4.50 5
10/17/2007

Opened another bottle of this the other day (only have 5 left from a case of 12) and it is getting better year on year. Superb balance, the fruit is fresh, long finish. Superb. I expect next year's tasting will be better yet.


Snooth User: Lune
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3.50 5
04/14/2010

This wine deserves it price...


Snooth User: Brian Hammond
799549198
4.50 5
06/01/2012

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Château Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac Premier Cru

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Source: SoDivin
05/06/2009

2ème vin de Lafite Rothschild


External Review
Source: SoDivin
05/06/2009

1er Cru Classé


External Review
05/24/2011

...The 1989 Lafite is also outstanding, but closed, with the tannin more elevated, and the wine so stubbornly reticent as to make evaluation almost impossible. Lafite's 1989 was far more easy to taste and understand several years ago. It appears to h... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1989 Lafite-Rothschild 1500ml



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