Source: jamessuckling.com. Issue Date: Sunday, June 12, 2016 (JS-97)
Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac 1989: I have never been a huge fan of this Lafite but it seems to be coming into its own now. it’sa wine with a character of cloves and berries with hints plums. It shows loads of potpourri. Roses too. Full and so balanced. Tight and youthful. The winemaker at Lafite says that when he wants to show someone a perfect example of Pauillac this is the Lafite he pours. Maybe he is right?
Source: 109, Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 28th Feb 1997 (RP-90)
As I suspected, the 1989 and 1990 vintages of Lafite-Rothschild have gone dormant. Both wines were among the more closed, backward examples in my blind tasting. The 1989 Lafite is also outstanding, but closed, with the tannin more elevated, and the wine so stubbornly reticent as to make evaluation almost impossible. Lafite’s 1989 was far more easy to taste and understand several years ago. It appears to have gone completely to sleep. This medium ruby-colored, medium-bodied wine reveals new oak in the nose, and a spicy finish. It is a quintessentially elegant, restrained, understated style of Lafite. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2025.
Drink Date: 2006 – 2025
Known as The King’s Wine, Chateau Lafite Rothschild is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious and collectable wines in the world. With several generations of expertise and tradition upheld by the Rothschild family, the Chateaux of Domaines Baron de Rothschild continue to dominate with inimitable wines full of finesse and elegance vintage after vintage.
A vintage of historical importance, 1968 marks the Rothschild family’s 100th anniversary at Lafite. Stored at Lafite’s private cellars since bottling, and reconditioned in 2013, the bottles are in pristine condition. This batch of Lafite Rothschild 1968 is the final batch of stocks released by the Chateau, an unmissable opportunity for fine wine lovers to own this incredibly rare bottle. Delightful and approachable, this is an exceptional wine that is over 50 years old, making it a wonderful gift for extraordinary occasions and a prized must-have for Lafite collectors.