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Chateau Lafite Rothschild is one of the five ‘first growths’ of Bordeaux and is responsible for some of the most expensive wines in the world. Highly acclaimed, their wines are considered some of the most complex and awe-inspiring ever produced. The estate owns a total of 107 hectares, of which 70% is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
1988 was the first in a great run of three vintages for the Medoc. The wines show great tannin levels, balanced with acidity. Lafite, unsurprisingly, produced some of the best and most age-worthy wines from this year.
The nose is subtle at first, but notes of cedar, dried fruits, mineral, pencil shavings and cassis become evident as it opens. The palate then follows through with a mineral-driven finish. Black fruits, truffles and tobacco are carried by huge, but ripe tannins and balanced acidity. Drinks beautifully now, but can be cellared for decades.
The 1988 Chateau Lafite Rothschild is an ideal match to a prime cut of dry-aged steak or venison.