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219 Ratings
Château Lafite Rothschild Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classé

Wine Details

Region

PauillacBordeauxFrance

Wine Description

(1978 Vintage) nose: real long and elegant nose of tobbacco, leather, pencil shavings, and hints of black currant taste: very nice elgant feel with that bit of oomph that lafite can have with tobbacco, leather, and sour cranberry overall: very nice. This one still has some good life to it and has been stored pretty well. Good feel on the palate it was nice to see how this held up as I had a bunch of vinegar and tomato juice wines at the tasting before this. Nice and long finish with good elegance on the read more...nose: real long and elegant nose of tobbacco, leather, pencil shavings, and hints of black currant taste: very nice elgant feel with that bit of oomph that lafite can have with tobbacco, leather, and sour cranberry overall: very nice. This one still has some good life to it and has been stored pretty well. Good feel on the palate it was nice to see how this held up as I had a bunch of vinegar and tomato juice wines at the tasting before this. Nice and long finish with good elegance on the palate (hide)

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Spectator
    (1998 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/31/01
  • Wine Advocate
    (1998 Vintage) Rating: (91-94) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 122 on Apr-99
  • Robert Parker
    (2002 Vintage) "A brilliant offering and a candidate for wine of the vintage, this is classic Lafite that reminded me somewhat of the 1976, although the vintage conditions were completely different. This is a medium-weight, quintessentially elegant style of Lafite with notes of lead pencil shavings/graphite along with black currants, plums, and crushed rocks/mineral. Wonderfully pure, dense, with a deep ruby/purple color and loads of fruit, definition, and a long finish, this is a brilliant, elegant Lafite Roth...
  • Decanter
    (1999 Vintage) Rating: 4/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. All the elegance and cut of a fine suit: close-textured, unctuous, supple and refined, with sandalwood and black pepper infusing the blackcurrant.
  • Decanter
    (1999 Vintage) Rating: 4/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. All the elegance and cut of a fine suit: close-textured, unctuous, supple and refined, with sandalwood and black pepper infusing the blackcurrant.