Château Lafite-Rothschild, 1er Cru Classé, Pauillac 1989
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Château Lafite-Rothschild, 1er Cru Classé, Pauillac 1989

Regular price £720.00 £0.00
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Bottle Size: 75cl

Region: France: Bordeaux Left Bank

Colour: Red

Style: Still

Condition: Original Wooden Case

Grape Variety: Bordeaux Blend Red

On being poured there was real tension in the glass, I felt, between Lafite's delicate style and the big, ripe character of this vintage, warmed as it was by a particularly hot summer, the summer of the bicentenary of the French revolution. There was a slightly burnt note and quite a bit of tannin on the finish. But then it really mellowed in the glass and became super voluptuous. And fragrant. But edgier than the 1997. Unusually spicy for Lafite and wonderfully persistent. These bottles had been bought in 1996 for just £55 each (which probably seemed iniquitous at the time). The 1989 Lafite is now trading at £800 a bottle, a surprisingly low premium on the 1997. Jancis Robinson

score: 18.5 / 20


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