Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1988

96 points

Pauillac, Bordeaux, France. 12.5%

Surprisingly youthful colour, with a luminousity that suggests acidity.

Fresh yet complex, and rather delicious inviting aromas. Classic cedar, touch herbaceous. Perhaps more like Margaux.

Fine elegant long wine, with a surprising (for 20 years old) tannic finish – but a long, not hard short, finish. This is very good. Such confidence to make such an impressive wine without making a blockbuster, nothing is forced and yet it is still concentrated and clearly built for age.

I don’t think this wine has peaked yet, perhaps 5 more years and then expect it to plateau for 20 years. Which is all very impressive – this must be a good bottle i.e. great cork.

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