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Lafite Rothschild 1989

Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

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Tasting Notes

The 1989 Lafite-Rothschild, a wine that I have had several times both from bottle and magnum, is a better wine than the 1990, although I wonder whether its best days are now behind it. There is noticeably more bricking on the rim compared directly with the succeeding vintage. I also notice a touch of VA on this bottle with scents of molasses, cedar and a dab of the old boot polish. I find that the 1989 has more personality than the 1990 Lafite. The palate is supple and rounded in the mouth, a sense of warmth here although not complex and I would prefer more tension on the finish as it delivers allspice, mulberry and sage on the aftertaste. I wonder where this will go? At the moment it is difficult to see: heading down a cul-de-sac or Route 66? Tasted at the Lafite-Rothschild dinner at Amuse Bouche in Hong Kong and then blind at the Lafite-Rothschild 150th anniversary dinner at the property. Drink 2018-2032.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, July 2018
Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003
Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

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. Aticipated maturity:2000-2035

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (109), February 1997

Wonderfrul berry and tobacco character, with chocolate and cedar. Full-bodied, yet elegant and silky. Beautifully long. This is always outstanding, but sometimes overlooked. '89/'90 Bordeaux non-blind horizontal. Drink now.

James Suckling, Wine Spectator, February 2005
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