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Château Lafite Rothschild Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac 1990

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This opens with a great nose, intensely liquory with ripe green herbs, smoke, tar, oakier but with great depth even a bit of grapey/grape pip fruit, develops a bit of ass while adding notes of mint and cigar box. Classic ripe vintage aromatics. In the mouth this is brighter than the 89 with more soft tannin, notes of olive oil, black olives and cedary wood on the attack backed up by a luch, ripe mouth feel. Still fairly tight and ungiving but with all the raw materials to be great. the balance here is particularly noteworthy. This needs many years to come into it's own. I'll try another bottle in 5 years or so but the nuance, subtlety, and finesse all bode very well indeed.

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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 Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,000
4.50 5
09/22/2008

This opens with a great nose, intensely liquory with ripe green herbs, smoke, tar, oakier but with great depth even a bit of grapey/grape pip fruit, develops a bit of ass while adding notes of mint and cigar box. Classic ripe vintage aromatics. In the mouth this is brighter than the 89 with more soft tannin, notes of olive oil, black olives and cedary wood on the attack backed up by a luch, ripe mouth feel. Still fairly tight and ungiving but with all the raw materials to be great. the balance here is particularly noteworthy. This needs many years to come into it's own. I'll try another bottle in 5 years or so but the nuance, subtlety, and finesse all bode very well indeed.


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Snooth User: jamlani
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Five glasses


External Reviews for Château Lafite Rothschild Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac

External Review
Source: Epic Cellars
07/18/2010

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.


External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Spectator ReviewHere's the best Lafite in ages. It's a polished Bordeaux, extremely sophisticated and harmonious, with blackberry, dark chocolate and olive aromas. Full-bodied and very silky, with a lovely fruity chocolate aftertaste. Best after 2000, but who can wait? 20,000 cases made.


External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Spectator ReviewVery 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.(Feb 28, 2005)


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/28/2011

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. Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1990 Lafite-Rothschild 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/24/2011

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... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1990 Lafite-Rothschild 1500ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

...he wine possesses excellent richness, a hint of the unmistakable Lafite perfume of minerals, cedar, lead pencil, and red fruits, medium to full body, moderate weight, admirable richness and overall balance, and a tough finish... Robert Parker. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1990 Lafite-Rothschild 750ml



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This opens with a great nose, intensely liquory with ripe green herbs, smoke, tar, oakier but with great depth even a bit of grapey/grape pip fruit, develops a bit of ass while adding notes of mint and cigar box. Classic ripe vintage aromatics. In the mouth this is brighter than the 89 with more soft tannin, notes of olive oil, black olives and cedary wood on the attack backed up by a luch, ripe mouth feel. Still fairly tight and ungiving but with all the raw materials to be great. the balance here is particularly noteworthy. This needs many years to come into it's own. I'll try another bottle in 5 years or so but the nuance, subtlety, and finesse all bode very well indeed.

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