Château Lafite Rothschild 1990
Wine Spectator (30.06.2001) : 96
Dark ruby color. Wonderful aromas of plums, berries, mint and dark chocolate. Full-bodied, chunky and rich. Closed yet compacted. Harmonious. Better with age.
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Parker N° 109 (01.02.1997) : 92 Trinkreife : 2006-2035
As I suspected, the 1989 and 1990 vintages of Lafite-Rothschild have gone dormant. Both wines were among the more closed, backward examples in my blind tasting. The 1990 is riper, richer, and more textured, but mouthsearing tannin and a closed personality make it hard to fully assess. The wine possesses excellent richness, a hint of the unmistakable Lafite perfume of minerals, cedar, lead pencil, and red fruits, medium to full body, moderate weight, admirable richness and overall balance, and a tough finish. Give it a decade of cellaring to shed some tannin and evolve; it may be a 40-50-year Lafite. As outstanding as I believe it will ultimately turn out to be, I do not think the 1990 Lafite will ever match the sheer class, quality, and complexity of the 1988, 1986, and 1982.