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1988 Château Lafite Rothschild

Pauillac, 1er cru classé

ex-château; recent library release help

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$2,075.00 per Magnum (1.5L)


5 Magnums (1.5L)




"Tasted 7 Times Since Bottling With Consistent Notes Broodingly backward and in need of considerable bottle age, the 1988 is a classic expression of Lafite. This deeply-colored wine exhibits the tell-tale Lafite bouquet of cedar, subtle herbs, dried pit fruits, minerals, and cassis. Extremely concentrated, with brilliantly focused flavors and huge tannins, this backward, yet impressively endowed Lafite-Rothschild may well turn out to be the wine of the vintage! Anticipated maturity: 2000-2035." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #95
(WA, 10/01/1994)

Rating: 94
Drink from: 2000-2035

"Bright, crisp flavors of cranberry, raspberry and cherry are accented by stylish butter and nutmeg notes from aging in new oak barrels. A bit lean, but it's a classic claret in its balance." Wine Spectator
(WS, 11/30/1991)

Rating: 94
Drink from: 1997

"Tasted blind, the 1988 Lafite-Rothschild surprises everyone by surpassing both the 1989 and 1990. It has that unmistakable classic nose of pencil lead and cedar, less primary fruit than that aforementioned pair, yet greater precision, more focus and more class. The palate is both clean and precise with exquisite balance, fine tannins, cedar and tobacco infusing the black fruit with pencil lead notes becoming more accentuated towards the finish. It has been a while since I last tasted the 1988 and to be honest, I cannot remember it being this good. But now, of the three vintages that tailend the decade I would choose the 1988 Lafite-Rothschild. Tasted at the Lafite-Rothschild 150th anniversary dinner at the property." Neal Martin, Vinous.com
(NM, 07/01/2018)

Rating: 94
Drink from: 2018-2040

"Quite deep purple. Inky. Very Cabernet nose. Smooth and more than a hint of Lafite's trademark dancing elegance. Gentle start and quite a dry finish, but very, very respectable and true to the vintage. Quite long." JancisRobinson.com
(JR, 10/07/2002)

Rating: 17.5
Drink from: 2002-2015

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