Fine Wine

May 2331, 2022
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LOT 637

Lot 637

CHÂTEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD 1988 (1) WA 94 CHÂTEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD 1998 (1) WS 95 WA 98

CHÂTEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD 1988 (1) WA 94
CHÂTEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD 1998 (1) WS 95 WA 98
Lot 637 Details
CHÂTEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD 1988 (1)

Pauillac. 1er Cru Classé
u. bn. scraped, stained & soiled label. scuffed capsule. raised cork.

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: 2000-2035. WA 94

CHÂTEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD 1998 (1)

Pauillac. 1er Cru Classé
marked label. scuffed capsule. raised cork.

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. April 2001 WS 95 WA 98

2 bts.    per lot $1,600 - $1,800

Realised: $1,620
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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