1990 Château Lafite Rothschild - Pauillac
Château Lafite Rothschild Description
The yield was abundant and of outstanding quality. Excellent climatic conditions for the harvests. Very deep color. A complex bouquet with currant, blackberry, smoke, leather, and spice aromas. You can fathom just a hint of oak. The bite is sincere and elegant, with many tight and mature tannins. It has a silky texture, and a very long finish. This wine may be preserved for a very long time.
Wine Spectator: 94 Points
"This wine has loads in reserve. Dark ruby color. Wonderfully fresh aromas of berries, cherries, blackberries. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Gorgeous Lafite.--1990 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2006. 25,000 cases made."
Wine Advocate: 96 Points
"As I suspected, the 1989 and 1990 vintages of Lafite-Rothschild have gone dormant. Both wines were among the more closed, backward examples in my blind tasting. The 1990 is riper, richer, and more textured, but mouthsearing tannin and a closed personality make it hard to fully assess. The wine possesses excellent richness, a hint of the unmistakable Lafite perfume of minerals, cedar, lead pencil, and red fruits, medium to full body, moderate weight, admirable richness and overall balance, and a tough finish. Give it a decade of cellaring to shed some tannin and evolve; it may be a 40-50-year Lafite. As outstanding as I believe it will ultimately turn out to be, I do not think the 1990 Lafite will ever match the sheer class, quality, and complexity of the 1988, 1986, and 1982. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2035." -Robert Parker
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