Château Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 1988

$979

...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: now-2035. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Sam Coturri Delectable Pro

Winery Sixteen 600, Enterprise Vineyards and the Moon Mountain District

Still pretty young. Refined, graphite giving way to pipe tobacco and bitter chocolate but still waiting to come together. Mid-palate presence seemed jumbled.

Still pretty young. Refined, graphite giving way to pipe tobacco and bitter chocolate but still waiting to come together. Mid-palate presence seemed jumbled.

9.3

Jeff D. Delectable Pro

Beautiful wine....kept getting better and better. Didn't last long enough to most likely peak!

Beautiful wine....kept getting better and better. Didn't last long enough to most likely peak!

9.8

Max Coane Delectable Pro

So soft and elegant! Crushing BDX game! Super classic black fruit and pencil shavings

So soft and elegant! Crushing BDX game! Super classic black fruit and pencil shavings

9.6

Vincent Alary-Paquette Delectable Pro

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8.3

Shay A Delectable Pro

Last week was a combo of 4th Friday and Open That Bottle Night on back to back nights. Needless to say, the lineup between both days was full of heavy hitters, so I’m only posting standout bottles. No rating. I know ‘88 wasn’t a spectacular vintage, but I was shocked at how herbal and vegetal this was aromatically. I had the ‘89 Lafite two months ago and it was superb. I kept going back and forth wondering if this was corked. I still don’t know for sure, but I do know this seemed off. Although vegetal on the nose, the palate was fairly rich and full bodied. Soft baked fruits. It was a bit muted though with zero finish.

Last week was a combo of 4th Friday and Open That Bottle Night on back to back nights. Needless to say, the lineup between both days was full of heavy hitters, so I’m only posting standout bottles. No rating. I know ‘88 wasn’t a spectacular vintage, but I was shocked at how herbal and vegetal this was aromatically. I had the ‘89 Lafite two months ago and it was superb. I kept going back and forth wondering if this was corked. I still don’t know for sure, but I do know this seemed off. Although vegetal on the nose, the palate was fairly rich and full bodied. Soft baked fruits. It was a bit muted though with zero finish.

Jay Ciccarelli

Wow. How boring. Flabby, no fruit, dry, thin, acidic on the end. Good length but too bad flavor profile sucked. Bad bottle not bad vintage.

Wow. How boring. Flabby, no fruit, dry, thin, acidic on the end. Good length but too bad flavor profile sucked. Bad bottle not bad vintage.

7.5

Pooneet Kant

Some bricking on the rim. Perfumed with a ton of earth. Hits every part of the palate very nicely. Good finish with sleek acid. Excellent pairing with dry aged ribeyes.

Some bricking on the rim. Perfumed with a ton of earth. Hits every part of the palate very nicely. Good finish with sleek acid. Excellent pairing with dry aged ribeyes.

9.2

Robert Murphy

Smooth, slightly smoky, a slight twang on the tongue...probably the spray from the field.

Smooth, slightly smoky, a slight twang on the tongue...probably the spray from the field.

9.1

Kevin Simback

Still so fresh, great structure. Took about an hour to really open up but silky smooth. Underrated vintage that was showing beautifully

Still so fresh, great structure. Took about an hour to really open up but silky smooth. Underrated vintage that was showing beautifully

9.7

Josh Graham

Close to an 89. Dense. Tight. Nothing at all to fault.

Close to an 89. Dense. Tight. Nothing at all to fault.

10

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