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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux 1988

Grape Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon
Grape Variety:Merlot


Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux 1988


This product is featured in: Four decades of Lafite Rothschild.

Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac, 1ere Cru Classé 1988

This was a vintage that remained tight and closed for a long time. They are just starting to drink this at the chateau apparently, as Salin says it is their dinner wine right now. The salinity is coming through, giving a sappy grip through the mid palate, the effortless racy elegance of an older Cabernet Sauvignon with its truffles, smoked cedar, its grilled black fruits. Colour wise this is very much still intact, just a slight bricking at the edges. A lovely example of how you should never give up on wines from great estates – there will always be a moment when the terroir will out, as we saw on recent tastings of the 1975. The 1988 is certainly having one of those moments, and its long finessed finish should be savoured. 72% Cabernet Sauvignon.