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 Vintage1989 Label 1 of 165 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Lafite Rothschild (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionMédoc
AppellationPauillac

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2005 and 2024 (based on 34 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Lafite Rothschild on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.9 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 99 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Drinking Trees on 5/14/2015: Big nose, with lots of berry fruit (blackcurrant, red cherry), rhubarb, and barnyard. Shows a touch of oxidation, but the fruit is still strong. Palate is funky and barnyardy, with a slick texture, strong acid, and intense tannin. Flavours of horse hair and sweaty saddle, with fragrant notes of cassis, forest floor, and peppercorn. (246 views)
 Tasted by Plabella on 5/9/2015 & rated 95 points: Drank for my BD with Nudels at 1700 beautifully crafted wine very open and exocotic medium body, light red color with smooth long finish (364 views)
 Tasted by danielbleier on 4/11/2015 & rated 97 points: WOTN at the WFFT annual auction. Not often do I get to try wines like this...tons of cigar box and spice on the nose, sweet cherry and plum...tasted young to me. (796 views)
 Tasted by graemeg on 2/9/2015: NobleRottersSydney - top 86 Bdx (mostly) with Grange (360 Bar & Dining, Sydney): {cork, 12.5%} (Gordon) Garnet/brick colour. Looks about its age. The nose is straight from the top shelf; aged leather, cigar-box, currant, graphite. Absolutely gorgeous. The palate is good; light/medium-bodied, with aged currant and soft cedary flavours, but it’s a just a fraction hollow and disappointing after the nose was so overwhelmingly impressive. It’s nicely balanced across the palate; the tannins are now softly dusty and only quite lightweight. It seems mean to be anything but effusive with praise; if the wine has any fault it’s that the nose over-promises and the palate under-delivers, relatively speaking. Objectively, though, this is wonderful, although I wouldn’t be holding it longer, lest a faint trace of bitterness on the finish pushes through too much. This is enticingly ready to drink now. (1511 views)
 Tasted by Ricky99 on 1/4/2015 & rated 96 points: As sophisticated and silky as a great Bordeaux should be. Nose opened after 10 minutes in glass (no decanter available). Just a true beauty. I my top 5 ever tasted. (1809 views)
 Tasted by BradE on 12/31/2014: Two mags. I've always liked the 89 Lafite, and these mags were beautiful. Such a massive step up from the 94 mags served along side it. This vintage may be in its prime. I'd suggest pulling a cork or two if you own it. Decanted about four hours ahead of time and left at cellar temperature. (1792 views)
 Tasted by klezman on 8/16/2014: My first first growth!

Initially the nose was quite dense and tight, but still full of leaves/tobacco and some allspice. The palate was initially very light, almost airy, and relatively simple compared to expectations. Very long finish. I figure at this point it needs some air to open up.

Over the evening it's gotten progressively more expressive while maintaining a lightness even as its tannins gained in strength. Aromas of bell pepper, cedar, pencil shavings, cassis, cherry, earth, meat, and more. Palate is still very light.

Drink with more of a decant or hold for a few more years. (3590 views)
 Tasted by mwanasheria on 5/17/2014 & rated 96 points: 1989 in the Rheingau (Eltville, Rheingau, Germany): Nose of herbs, malt, mint. Very balanced on the palate, some port but all silky. Very persistent finish. A great great wine. (3339 views)
 Tasted by KR66 on 5/17/2014 & rated 97 points: Intense sweet fruity nose and palate, minty, juicy, dense, lush, silky texture, fine but powerful, long finish. Very stylish and appealing, makes you feel like wearing a fur coat! Liquid luxury. Very young, wait at least til 2020 before opening, i am sure it will get the high score then. Wow. (3845 views)
 Tasted by petitblanc on 4/20/2014 flawed bottle: Signs of seepage under the capsule of this half bottle. Vegetal and watery. WineBid strikes again. (3173 views)
 Tasted by BradE on 12/30/2013: From magnum. On decanting, the first sip was outstanding, and this mag did not disappoint. A crowd pleaser, and the 89 generally outperforms expectations. Opened and double decanted three hours prior to drinking, then poured into glasses 30 minutes prior to drinking. (4496 views)
 Tasted by walkerjfw on 10/19/2013 & rated 95 points: At verve Restaurant in Sommerville with Tom and Susan. Great food, BYO, very big night of wines. Tom brought this one.

Susan put it best, this is a sexy wine. Fully mature, incredibly smooth, tannins are sweet and fully integrated. Classic Bordeaux pencil/lead on the nose. Medium bodied, smooth and expansive. Currants and red fruit. Complex finish. Drinking in its zone now, suspect it will be like this for another 10 years. (751 views)
 Tasted by mflesh on 9/30/2013 & rated 93 points: A really, really nice aged cab. This one was good but it wasn't the "OMG this is the best wine ever" that I thought it was going to be. This wine is starting to show a little age, and it has aged nicely. I had this bottle on day 2 after it had sat for a day. The pour into the glass was a dirty red. The nose was earth, a little nitrogen, aged blackberry, tobacco and herbs. The palate was very consistent with tobacco and herbs right up front, intermixed with that fruit component that was pretty shy and soft up front, and very present i the mid-palate. The wine finished rather soft, very integrated, very little tannic bite. Pipe tobacco trickled in and settled. There was some sediment on the neck and in the bottoms of the wine glasses when the last was poured. Cork had shown bleed through about 80 percent. All in all this is a nice wine. I see there are quite a few of these in the cellar, and based on what I had today I think it's time to start serving this one - - - - with about 3-4 hr of decanting :) (4940 views)
 Tasted by hal0 on 9/20/2013 & rated 88 points: Baking spice, tart fruit, noticeable tannins on the finish. Still young. (4140 views)
 Tasted by jhngo on 8/24/2013 & rated 96 points: amazing supple fruit soft tannins silky texture (2462 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 8/15/2013 & rated 93 points: Still young, another decade will help the wine add to its cedar, spice box, spearmint, tobacco, cassis, earth, cigar ash and cherry nose. Medium bodied, tight and needed more air than a pop a pour, the wine is high toned and elegant in style. (4977 views)
 Tasted by William Kelley on 8/5/2013 & rated 88 points: Aromatically, this is certainly a ‘text-book’ Lafite, with the pencil shaving bouquet that makes this one of the most distinctive wines in Pauillac, however there is also an unripe green bell pepper characteristic to the bouquet that I found unattractive. On the palate, delicate flavours of red currants and cigar box are accompanied by a slight astringency, though the tannins have largely melted away. This wine, the least impressive of the evening, seemed unripe and dilute. There is no doubt that in this vintage Lafite was surpassed by its first growth brethren, and by a bevy of other Pauillac crus, such as Lynch Bages and Pichon Baron. (3773 views)
 Tasted by RockinCabs on 7/14/2013 & rated 94 points: Nose: highly perfumed nose of blacberry, cassis, lead pencil, violet, rosewater and crushed tobacco. Complex and elegant nose that you can smell for hours. Palate: Very silky feminine mouth on this wine. Sweet berries, plum and cassis lead into some tobacco, pencil lead, floral and smoke character. There is comolexity and depth here but I would like to see more richness. This is classic textbook lafite for sure. Finish: penetrating and full of prefume and smokey fruit. Fantastic.

Honeymoon in mackinac island! (3827 views)
 Tasted by punter on 6/30/2013 & rated 92 points: Very mild nose of leather, fig, wet fall leafs with feint cassis, lilac and some menthol on the pour of a two hour decant. In the glass; rich color - smooth, sweet and well integrated tannis gracefully carry layers of cassis, boysenberry, and roast blackberries. Good but not great length, and the nose continued to open throughout the bottle. Powerful in a reserved but certain way; more regal than elegant. Still, this drank beautifully - - tannis may integrate a bit more with time (2581 views)
 Tasted by Ary on 6/8/2013 & rated 98 points: Left Bank Bordeaux from the 1980-s (semi blind) (Amsterdam Wijn Antiquariaat): Consistent with earlier notes I made. Powerful nose with ripe red fruits, graphite, minerals and earth. Super elegant on the palate. Thick ripe dark fruits, butter, coffee, shaved coconut/ chocolate. Superb balance between Pauillac power and elegance. (3185 views)
 Tasted by Wine_lvr on 4/19/2013 & rated 94 points: Bordeaux 1989 Horizontal Tasting (Zurich): Clear intensive red in color. Red berries, plums with hints of coffee in the nose. The wine is very elegant and long in the finish. Flavors of raspberries cover the well integrated tannins. This wine was the most elegant of the 1989 Pauillac flight. Wonderful. Drink now - 2025. (4003 views)
 Tasted by BradE on 2/22/2013: From 750ml. I've generally liked the 89 Lafite a lot. This bottle was fine, but didn't really sing. Group consensus was consistant - a good drink but under-performed its pedigree. (3926 views)
 Tasted by sdr on 12/7/2012 & rated 91 points: The second of a 4 bottle mini-vertical of Lafite, the difference from the 1990 version was obvious. The '89 is much more backward, coarse, tannic and powerful. It slowly opened to reveal a mineral and gravel like sense and finally the blackcurrant flavor appeared. This is nowhere near ready unlike to easygoing 1990 but it may well last longer when it finally matures if all the elements harmonize properly. (5041 views)
 Tasted by Lord Rayas on 11/2/2012 & rated 92 points: David's MNSC (Megan's Kitchen): elegant and sweet. feminine. a little lean on the finish. (6023 views)
 Tasted by guitarguy on 8/25/2012 & rated 93 points: Definitely the most expensive wine, on a relative basis, that I have ever enjoyed (I paid $75), this opened up with a load of earth and mushroom on the nose. It just exploded out of the glass on opening. I have been fortunate to cellar it properly, there was hardly any ullage to speak of (about a 1/2 inch in the neck) with a cork that had a little bit of seepage in one or two areas but was basically in like-new condition. After a few hours the nose opened to add a little cheese and smoky currant. The wine was very tight on opening, showing some earth and a hint of the fruit underneath but really a bunch of tannin on top of it all. The wine itself was either carefully racked or fined and filtered as little sediment was evident either in the bottle or on the sides. I was stunned how little sediment this contained. After a couple of hours, the wine showed less tightness, with earthy currant, licorice, wood and mushroom notes. Really fine, but it is a first growth from a top year, what else would be expected? (6798 views)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (2/14/2011)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (10/7/2002)
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By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, '24' in Bordeaux (1/31/2010)
(Lafite Rothschild) The 1989 Lafite Rothschild was classic with its cedar and cassis combination, and hints of oatmeal and sugar rounded out its nose. Again, that water showed up on the palate, although the Lafite did come across a touch fuller and more balanced than the Margaux. Its acidity was still long (93).  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (11/30/2007)
(Château Lafite Rothschild) From magnum - laser focused plum, sexy black fruit and tar nose; youthful, graphite, tart plum and black fruit palate with sage; medium-plus finish  94 points
By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, An Evening of Lafite-Rothschild (8/15/2005)
(Lafite-Rothschild) had a perfumed, lavender edge with the usual carob and nut. It was very classic in many regards and quite expressive and showy at the age of sixteen. It was the most expressive so far, in fact. It had great balance and nice acidity and some additional flavors of stone and green bean  94 points
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Château Lafite Rothschild

Producer website – Read more about Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.

France

Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

Bordeaux

Bordeaux Wine Guide

Vins Bordeaux (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux)

History of Bordeaux

History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification

Médoc

Vins du Médoc (Conseil des Vins du Médoc) - Read More about the Medoc
The eight precisely defined appellations of the whole of the Médoc (from Blanquefort Brook to the north of the Bordeaux built-up area, almost to the Pointe de Grave) may claim the Médoc appellation. But there is also a specific territory in the north of the peninsula which produces exclusively wines with this appellation. In the great majority, the Médocs come from the north of the peninsula. The great individuality of this region is that the number of vines has increased more recently here than elsewhere, apart from a few isolated spots where vines have grown for many years. Today, the size of the small estate has brought about the development of a powerful co-operative movement. Four co-operatives out of five belong to the group called Unimédoc which ensures aging, bottling and marketing a large proportion of their wines.

Pauillac

Read more detailed information about Pauillac Looking full onto the river from the earliest days, with an important port activity, traces of which go back to ancient times (shipment of bronze as long ago as 2000 B.C.), Pauillac's life has always been intimately linked to the history of wine. Although port activities were at the root of its prosperity, Pauillac had to wait until the eighteenth century when Bordeaux ceased to hold its privileged position to become a wine port. The town then became the natural outlet for the wine production of neighbouring cantons before reaching its zenith in a period when the vineyards were exceptionally prosperous.

The characteristic of the Pauillac terroir is its exceptional relief: the many undulating ridges make it unique morphologically speaking. Highly favourable conditions facilitate the dissection of the layer of gravel. This thin, Garonne gravel from whose very poverty springs great richness, has an extremely effective natural drainage.

With their velvet red colour with a hint of amber, the wines from the Pauillac appellation, full-bodied and rich in tannin, are vigorous. Powerful when young, their aromas of red fruits (black-currant, raspberry) or flowers (violets, roses, irises) melt with the passing of time into a bouquet which is long in the mouth.
Rich and complex, the wines of Pauillac deserve to be laid down for a little longer.

Production conditions (Decree dated November 14, 1936)

In order to have the right to the Pauillac appellation of controlled origin, red wines must:
- come from the commune of Pauillac and from precisely defined parcels in the communes of Cissac, Saint-Julien, Saint-Estèphe and Saint-Sauveur, "excluding the parcels situated on recent alluvium and sand on impermeable subsoils",
- satisfy precise production conditions : grape-varieties (Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Carmenère, Merlot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cot or Malbec), minimum of sugar (178 grammes - 6.27 oz. - per litre of must) degree (an acquired 10°5) base yield (45 hectolitres per hectare).

 
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