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Community Tasting Notes (81) Avg Score: 94.4 points

  • not much changed, still need couple hours decant. room was rather cold, did not open up much

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  • Only Magnums (Behrens am Kai in Düsseldorf 1 star restaurant): At this stage clearly tooyoung , especially from MG. The cassisfru it is dominating. This is not so bad but minimal secondary and tertiary notes. Good acidity and tannin structure. Needs atleast 7-10 more years of bottle aging. 94?

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  • A very deep colour; fragrant nose, with ripe fruit; classic combination of blackcurrant and cigar box spice on the palate, which is very smooth, elegant and long. This is one of those wines that is so harmonious that you could drink it and scarcely notice. There is still a little tannin on the finish which became more noticeable with time, so while this is ready now it will probably continue to improve for many years yet.

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  • Wow, this is so nice. Lafite consistently has a beautiful core of iron, sweet cedar, subdued but pretty, deep and dark, fruit, and earthy soil. This bottle is still young, but it is easily on its way into hallowed claret ground. If you have multiple bottles it might be cool to check on one now. If you only have a few, just wait, it will last forever. I guarantee you will be happy with uncorked, well-stored bottles.

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  • Classic Bordeaux wine, but seemed to have gotten lost a bit in the shuffle up against 1998 Cheval that was singing and a great 2000 Latour, but this was a damn good bottle and classic Lafite. Dark black fruit quality with a hint of smoke, black cherries and a mineral driven lead pencil element. This bottle seemed a touch more advanced then I would have expected, yet very refined and regal vs the Cheval Blanc that had a richer denser fruit profile. Like a finely dressed solider vs an elegant queen perhaps. The wine was drinking very well and had a nice finish. While a lovely wine on all accounts, a tad disappointed based on the reputation of the 1998 Lafite. Maybe I need to try another bottle?

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Vintage Tastings


  • By Richard Jennings
    12/6/2008, (See more on 93 points

    (Château Lafite Rothschild) Dark red violet color; lavender and cassis nose; deep black fruit and dried plum nose; deep black fruit, iodine and tart blackberry palate; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.
  • By Richard Jennings
    1/18/2008, (See more on 94 points

    (Château Lafite Rothschild) Dark red violet color; cassis, plum and violet nose; elegant cassis, cedar palate with a touch of menthol, still very young but excellent; long finish 94+ pts.
  • By Richard Jennings
    4/27/2007, (See more on 92 points

    (Château Lafite Rothschild) Focused black fruit and plum nose; tasty, focused cassis and tart cherry palate with sweet tannins; medium-plus finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    2/5/2004, (See more on 96 points

    (Château Lafite Rothschild) Gorgeous coffee, pencil lead and oak nose; gorgeous cherry, cassis, seamless fruit, coffee; long finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    9/6/2003, (See more on 94 points

    (Château Lafite Rothschild) Reticent nose; great, rich, elegant, cassis palate with plush tannins; long finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    8/16/2003, (See more on 95 points

    (Château Lafite Rothschild) Rich, seductive, cassis nose; concentrated, seamless, cassis palate with sweet, firm tannins; long finish

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