The bluest of the three Pauillac firsts. The lightest of the three on the nose. You have to struggle a bit to find the bouquet at first but it really opened out in the glass. Pretty solid yet it soars away too. Rich and racy. Manages to be a bit of a racehorse. Very sinewy and glossy and polished. Just a hint of greenness. Still chewy on the finish. Very racy and elegant.
Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025
Robert Parker 96
“A blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot, the 1998 Lafite Rothschild is deep garnet with a hint of brick and gorgeous notions of sandalwood, crème de cassis, smoked meats, black pepper and garrigue with touches of chargrill, dried herbs and mincemeat pie. Medium-bodied, soft and plush on the palate, it has tons of mouth-filling savory and plum preserves flavors and a very long, savory finish. Delicious now, it should keep for 15-20 more years.”
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2038