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1989 Château Lafite-Rothschild

Light label condition issue

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit

Light capsule condition issue; heavy label condition issue

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased at auction

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94Wine Spectator

Wonderfrul berry and tobacco character, with chocolate and cedar. Full-bodied, elegant and silky.Beautifully long. This is always outstanding..

18.5Jancis Robinson

...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...

90Robert M. Parker Jr.

This medium ruby-colored, medium-bodied wine reveals new oak in the nose, and a spicy finish. It is a quintessentially elegant, restrained, understated style of Lafite.

****/*Michael Broadbent

...very rich, impenetrable depth and concentration... sweeter, richer, more fragrant...gloriously fragrant, tea-like.


France, Bordeaux, Pauillac

Pauillac is Bordeaux’s most famous appellation, thanks to the fact that it is home to three of the region’s fabled first-growth châteaux, Lafite-Rothschild, Mouton-Rothschild and Latour. Perched on the left bank of the Gironde River north of the city of Bordeaux, Pauillac is centered around the commune of Pauillac and includes about 3,000 acres of vineyards. The Bordeaux classification of 1855 named 18 classified growths, including the three above mentioned First Growths. Cabernet Sauvignon is the principal grape grown, followed by Merlot. The soil is mostly sandy gravel mixed with marl and iron. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that “the textbook Pauillac would tend to have a rich, full-bodied texture, a distinctive bouquet of black currants, licorice and cedary scents, and excellent aging potential.”