Château Lafite Rothschild Carruades de Lafite Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 1998

$935

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

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Ratings on Delectable

Lee Lightfoot Delectable Pro

Dense tobacco and forest floor

Dense tobacco and forest floor

9.0

Ilaria Ropolo Delectable Pro

Pauillac APC, 13%. We enjoyed this bottle with typical Tuscan "antipasti" and it was a real surprise because at first the bottle seemed not in perfect condition, but after decanting for a couple of hours it was really nice and elegant!

Pauillac APC, 13%. We enjoyed this bottle with typical Tuscan "antipasti" and it was a real surprise because at first the bottle seemed not in perfect condition, but after decanting for a couple of hours it was really nice and elegant!

9.0

Byron Fuller

An old friend— 17 years later. Very integrated. Needs time to open up— decant might be too harsh. Secondary into tertiary. Floral lilac nose, great length.

An old friend— 17 years later. Very integrated. Needs time to open up— decant might be too harsh. Secondary into tertiary. Floral lilac nose, great length.

9.0

jim bryan

305 xmas dinner. Decanted and needed a good hour.

305 xmas dinner. Decanted and needed a good hour.

9.0

Stanislav Lobanov

18/20 (94/100) Красивый и сложный букет ароматов спелых ягод чёрной смородины и черники, вяленого чернослива, шоколада, табака и корицы. Тельное с высокой кислотностью и довольно интенсивными, но мягкими танинами. Спелые чёрные ягоды и табак во вкусе. Продолжительное послевкусие с легкой горчинкой. (22.05.17)

18/20 (94/100) Красивый и сложный букет ароматов спелых ягод чёрной смородины и черники, вяленого чернослива, шоколада, табака и корицы. Тельное с высокой кислотностью и довольно интенсивными, но мягкими танинами. Спелые чёрные ягоды и табак во вкусе. Продолжительное послевкусие с легкой горчинкой. (22.05.17)

9.4

wang yong

very complex taste with full body

very complex taste with full body

9.5

Galen Antle

Opened a 1998 and decanted for several hours...the tanins were mellowed out but the overall fruit-forward complexity of a first growth Bordeaux was just not there. It displayed hints of brilliance; good earth flavors and lots of vanilla and spice, but only in fleeting moments. Clearly the '98 vintage is below standard. That said, I expected more from Lafite and I was disappointed.

Opened a 1998 and decanted for several hours...the tanins were mellowed out but the overall fruit-forward complexity of a first growth Bordeaux was just not there. It displayed hints of brilliance; good earth flavors and lots of vanilla and spice, but only in fleeting moments. Clearly the '98 vintage is below standard. That said, I expected more from Lafite and I was disappointed.

8.2

Teng Chuen Wee

So so. Won't buy again.

So so. Won't buy again.

7.9

Dick Schinkel

Still nice dark Bordeauxred Beautiful flowers bouquet with dark forest fruit, spices, black currants, cocoa, cigar box, pencil milling waste. Also in the mouth that typical black Pauillac cassis fruit, fine tannins, and a medium aftertaste. Not in the decanter but so out of the bottle, A little closed at first, but later in the glass comes this well, this wine is now fine mature, currently 92 DSP

Still nice dark Bordeauxred Beautiful flowers bouquet with dark forest fruit, spices, black currants, cocoa, cigar box, pencil milling waste. Also in the mouth that typical black Pauillac cassis fruit, fine tannins, and a medium aftertaste. Not in the decanter but so out of the bottle, A little closed at first, but later in the glass comes this well, this wine is now fine mature, currently 92 DSP

9.1

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