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    Chateau Lafite-Rothschild 1989
    Bordeaux Red Blends - Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

    Ratings

    • WS93
    • RP90
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 93 Wine Spectator, 90 The Wine Advocate

    Region: Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

    Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends

    Other Info: Collectible Wines

    Item no. 6258

    Winemaker's Notes:

    Bordeaux had not seen such an early vintage since 1893. By the end of August, the grapes were already ripened and wonderfully sweet. We know that one can not call a vintage really great when it has been harvested too early, but this one was appreciated because it appeared to be of a good vintage. Médoc produced colourful wines, which possess excellent richness without being too heavy. Seductive, fleshy and can be compared to the 1982 wines.

    Critical Acclaim:

    Subtle, yet rich and decadent, offering meat, sweet berry and fresh leather on the nose. Full and very soft, with velvety tannins and a long, fruity finish. This has so much ripe fruit. Reserved and firm, this is turning to a very fine and shy Lafite. This is fresh and structured, but still holding back.

    93 Points
    Wine Spectator

    As I suspected, the 1989 and 1990 vintages of Lafite-Rothschild have gone dormant. Both wines were among the more closed, backward examples in my blind tasting. 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 have gone completely to sleep. This medium ruby-colored, medium-bodied wine reveals new oak in the nose, and a spicy finish. It is a quintessentially elegant, restrained, understated style of Lafite.

    90 Points
    The Wine Advocate
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