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Date Printed: 7/30/2014
Chateau Lafite-Rothschild  1998
Chateau Lafite-Rothschild 1998
(search item no. 25984)
collectible wine
older vintages

The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $759.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 100 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 99 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 100 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 99 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 98 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 99 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1989 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1988 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1988 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1986 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
1986 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1983 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1982 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
1959 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
1959 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points

Winemaker's Notes:

We were concerned that the rainy harvest might dash our high hopes founded with the early blossoming, dry spring and scorching August. That turned out not to be the case. There was no rainfall until the harvest had already begun. The grapes were thus moistened but not penetrated, so maybe we can consider that divine intervention.

Once the first tanks had been worked, analyzed, and tasted, weary expressions changed to satisfied smiles. This vintage reflects the strength of our soil, with its deep colour and woody, fruity, and spicy palate. The "98" may be preserved for a very long time, and is rich and full with a silky and long finish.

My Notes:

About Chateau Lafite-Rothschild:

Château Lafite-Rothschild is perhaps the most famous wine label in the world. The estate achieved wide popularity in the 1750s when it became the favorite wine of King Louis XV. Thomas Jefferson was also a steadfast customer and even visited the estate.

In 1868, Baron James de Rothschild became the owner of Lafite. He was a born dilettante, and it suited him to be the master of what, in 1855, was classified as first among the great wines of Médoc. Today, Baron Eric de Rothschild presides over this most famous Bordeaux estate.