Lafite 1998

RegionBordeaux
SubregionPauillac
ColourRed
TypeStill


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Tasting Notes

Score: 98Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

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-coloured 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 sweet, super-rich, yet impeccably balanced and long (50+ seconds). Anticipated maturity: 2007-2035.

Score: 98Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001

Score: 92/94Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (128), April 2000

Score: 91/94Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (122), April 1999

Score: 17.5Farr Vintners, June 1999

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