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The spring of 1998 was dry and August was hot, but during the harvest, the rains came. Fortunately, the water did not penetrate the grapes, it just wet them. The harvest was therefore of good quality despite the fear that it would be ruined by the rain.
Château Lafite Rothschild 1998 is a very persistent, rich and ample wine with a very long and silky finish. This premier cru classé reveals a blend of dark and intense color. It is a wine for laying down.

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La Revue du Vin de France January - 2006
La Revue du Vin de France
96 / 100
Robert PARKER - The Wine Advocate
 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.
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96 / 100
Falstaff November - 2009
 Dark ruby garnet, deep core, violet reflections, delicate rim brightening. In the nose nuances of Piedmont cherries, spicy noble wood notes, pickled plums, a hint of caramel, candied oranges, a very complex and inviting bouquet.
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Vinum Wine Magazine March - 2001
Vinum Wine Magazine
95 / 100
Jeannie Cho Lee November - 2014
Jeannie Cho Lee
Great delicacy with violets, wild flowers, herbs and cassis. Aromatic, open Lafite with subtle layers and great finesse. An unknown beauty with wonderful detail.
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Region Bordeaux
Appellation Pauillac
Colour Red
Volume 0.75 l
Country France
Château Lafite Rothschild
Château Lafite Rothschild

Château Lafite Rothschild, 1st growth in 1855, is one of Bordeaux's most famous chateaux. It shares with the greatest the top of the official classification of 1855. Located on the Pauillac appellation, the vineyard of 103 ha is divided into three parcels: the hills surrounding the Château, the Carruades plateau to the west and a parcel of 4.5 ha in the neighboring town of Saint-Estèphe. Most of the terroir is composed of fine and deep gravel mixed with Aeolian sand on a tertiary limestone bedrock. The grape varieties are 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. The average age of the vineyards of the great wine is 40 years, the 20 ha of young vines (less than 10 years) being used for the development of the second wine. There are also extremely old plots of over 80 years, one called "La Gravière" dating back to 1886. The maturation of the wine is carried out for 18 to 20 months in 100% new oak barrels. Lafite Rothschild produces about 15,000 to 20,000 cases per year. The estate also produces a second wine, the Carruades de Lafite, for around 25,000 to 30,000 cases. The name of the second wine of Chateau Lafite Rothschild of the "plateau Carruades, where stood a group of plots, which was bought by the castle in the nineteenth century, and which adjoined the rump Castle. The "Carruades de Lafite" were once called "Moulin des Carruades", then take the name, Carruades de Lafite.

The mythical vintages of Chateau Lafite Rothschild are 1921, 19451959198219861988 and 2000, 2005 in recent years.