1990 Lafite Rothschild

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£608.00 DP
£577.00 DP

Average critic rating : 95.88 points



Interestingly, a bottle of 1990 Lafite Rothschild I pulled from my cellar for a video blog on my web site was still buttoned down, tight, and even with extended decanting was not showing as much as I would have hoped. However, a bottle tasted, of all places, in Seoul, Korea in February, was only a few points short of perfection. That amazing performance motivated me to pull another bottle out of my cellar and follow it over the course of two days. Sure enough, by the second day the wine was roaring from the glass. The 1990 Lafite has turned out far better than my early assessment. While it still possesses some firmness, and performs like a late adolescent in terms of its evolution, it boasts gorgeous aromas of cedar, tobacco leaf, cassis, and lead pencil shavings. The explosive aromas are followed by a fleshy, full-bodied wine that should hit its peak in 5-8 years, and last for 25-30 more. Release price:($1400.00/case) Wine Advocate.June, 2009



Tasted three times: powerful and decadent after ten years but then at the Farr horizontal in October 2004 it was found a little wanting, with a reticent, woody nose and a touch of greenness of the palate (possibly due to the 17% addition of vin de presse?) Then at the FWE Lafite vertical in December 2005. A deep garnet hue with deep brick rim. A ripe nose of black tea, raisin, mulberry with fine delineation and restraint. Typically exotic in style. The palate is gorgeous: very ripe, black cherries, plum and prune. Very good acidity cutting through that lush, opulent fruit. A vivacious, ravishing Lafite but it lacks the persistency on the finish. Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com



Very serious fruit, with juicy berry, tobacco and cedar character. Slightly more body than the 1989, but they are very close in character. I would give this a little more time. '89/'90 Bordeaux non-blind horizontal. Best after 2007. 25,000 cases made. James Suckling, Wine Spectator 2005



Light ruby. Rather a fight going on on the nose between Lafite’s trademark elegance and the rich trollopey nature of the vintage. Quite unctuous on the palate – especially for a Lafite. This splits the difference nicely between super-ripeness – very flirtatious. Racy and completely covers the palate. More obvious acidity than the Latour 1990. Not quite as complete. Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com

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Lafite Rothschild: The Importance

Lafite Rothschild is one of the most famous wines in Bordeaux, if not the world. It has captured the attention and imagination of wine lovers everywhere for its finesse and style. Neal Martin of the Wine Advocate describes it as the “quintessential wine of elegance”, adding that “The key to great Lafite is balance, poise and restraint; it is a more succinct wine than its bold and boisterous contemporaries.” An overhaul of winemaking techniques and the ascendance of a new member of the Rothschild family to the helm have caused a surge in Lafite’s fortunes, and recent vintages have performed spectacularly well, propelling its status as the most famous of the five Left-Bank first-growths, revered the world over.


We are delighted to have cultivated an excellent relationship with Lafite over the years, and have been able to offer perfect provenance ex-cellar cases of their grand vin to our customers on a number of occasions; for current availability please see below.


Lafite Rothschild: The Insight

Covering an impressive 112 hectares of land on the Northern edge of Pauillac, Lafite’s origins stretch back to medieval times – the name Lafite comes from the old Gascon term “la hite”, meaning “hillock”. The vineyard comprises of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot, with the balance being made up of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Approximately 20,000 cases of the grand vin are made each year, and a second wine, Carruades de Lafite, is also produced. Carruades de Lafite has also previously performed very well, with the Wine Advocate calling it “brilliant” in 2010.


Lafite Rothschild is often hailed as the most consistent performer in Pauillac. In recent decades the chateau has experienced a peak in quality, making its wines arguably better now than ever before. While Lafite wines are undoubtedly an exciting prospect in any year, there are some vintages that stand out above all the rest. Among the older wines, 1953, 1959, 1982 and 1986 are excellent, while from the last 20 years 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009 and 2010 have proved impeccable.


Lafite Rothschild: The Background

Over its lengthy history the château has been linked to a number of owners which has, on occasion, brought it into contact with other first growths. A notable example was the 1765 marriage between owner Alexandre Ségur and Marie Therese de Clauzel, the heiress to Latour. This linked the fortunes of the two chateaus for the next 100 years, until they were devolved to separate heirs in 1785. Less than 100 years later, Lafite was linked indelibly with the Rothschilds, when it was bought by a member of the family – a distant cousin of those that owned neighbouring Mouton-Rothschild. Some have claimed that the decision to buy Lafite was the result of some mischevious inter-familial rivalry – whatever the reason, it shaped the château (and the history of Bordeaux wine) as we now know it.


Over the years, Lafite Rotschild has enjoyed its status as a favourite of aristocracy and politicians alike. In the 1800s Château Lafite became known as “The King’s Wine” thanks to the influential support of French statesmen and royalty, and this prestige was later reinforced by the patronage of 3rd president of the United States Thomas Jefferson, who visited Lafite and became a lifelong customer.

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