Red

1990 Château Lafite Rothschild

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Pauillac
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Community Tasting Notes 101

  • Ellen5181 wrote:

    October 2, 2016 - We left a glass each for next day in a decanter.

    The morning review is:

    On the nose, much more honeyed and earthy smell. Still lots of fruit. Much more development than last night, but still quite intoxicating.

    Palate - still delicious but a more developed wine. I feel the tannins are a bit more noticeable than last night.

    All in all, a lovely wine.

  • Ellen5181 Likes this wine: (95 points)

    October 1, 2016 - What a treat!

    Appearance - the cap was slightly indented and nicked. Cork pulled out and separated last 10%. It was moist up to rim. Rim was dry. Decanting. Small amount of sediment left in bottle but fairly impressive given the age of the wine.

    It's slightly hazy, color is medium garnet.

    Nose - beautiful. Sense it will only open with air. Clean, medium intensity, developing. Smelling red and black fruits, some floral, graphite, cigar box, lead pencil. Baking spice aromas. Cedar. Getting some chocolate.

    Palate - dry, medium acidity, medium tannins - well integrate, alcohol is medium, body is medium, flavor intensity is medium, flavor profile include ripe red and black fruit. Currants, cherries, fruit is still quite strong, it's a 3 minute wine and still going. It's just beautiful. It explodes in beautiful flavor on mid palate. Got more maturity on nose than on palate. Still so much fruit and feels very young. Supports more aging potential. I would argue medium plus finish.

    This is wonderful. The question now is how long we can let it sit without taking little tastes to see how it keeps developing. Too bad it's our. only bottle.

    Wow.

  • Thoughtful Likes this wine: (94 points)

    August 28, 2016 - At a dinner party. Storage not perfect and cork crumbled but in perfect condition. Lovely bouquet. Firm, well balanced but lacking real first growth quality. Too powerful to be elegant but not powerful enough in depth and flavour. Will last for another 20 years at least if properly stored. As with all trophy wines way over priced.

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  • Taiwan wrote: (96 points)

    August 6, 2016 - For me, this vintage always outperforms the reviews... aromatically starting to develop tertiary and palate round, resolved. Highly pleasurable.

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  • peternelson wrote: (92 points)

    July 9, 2016 - This was a bit closed and I have suspicions that it may have slightly suffered from a weak cork--it was very wet up to 3/4 the length of the cork, but dry around the rim. Anyway, closed or not, it showed all the classic signs of Lafite, but much less exuberant than the Margaux, Cos, and Pichon. Notes of Clove, exotic spices, nettles, rocky gravelly minerals, forest floor and berries. Elegant but structured, perfect weight in the mouth. At 25 years, I figure this is 1/2 into its life if not more. I am dying to open another bottle to see if this is shut down or bottle variation. Still quite wonderful and was the WOTN for some. 92-93, with potential for 94-95. High-End Bordeaux Tasting at Monopole.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1990
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Lafite Rothschild
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation Pauillac
  • UPC Codes 000000147385, 3700274110807

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 50 (1%)
  • In Cellars 4,689 (81%)
  • Consumed 1,055 (18%)

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