1044925

$499.00
(Net Item - no discounts apply)

For a decadent treat at the height of its perfection, step back in time with this gorgeous example of 1998’s spectacular vintage. This is a powerful, concentrated wine with notes of espresso, crème de cassis, smoke, saddle leather and licorice. Pick a nice, quiet spot and revel in this beauty’s considerable intensity. Time has already worked its magic on this gem! 

[Currently Not Avaliable]
Varietal:
Proprietary Red
Winemaker:
Philippe Dhalluin
Vintage:
1998
Appellation:
Bordeaux
Sub-Appellation:
Pauillac
Total Varietal Composition %:
86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol %:
12.5%
Score Wine Advocate:
97
Score Wine Spectator:
91
SKU #:
1044925
Size:
375 ml Bottle
WA97

Wine Advocate

The 1998 Mouton Rothschild is deep garnet-brick in color with lovely crème de cassis, dried roses, hoisin and baking spice notes with underlying notions of dried cherries and mulberries plus touches of wood smoke, incense and forest floor. Medium to full-bodied and packed with rich fruit framed by firm, chewy tannins, it is stacked with complex, evolving flavors and finishes with incredibly long-lasting perfumed notes. According to winemaker Philippe Dhalluin, this needs about three hours of decanting at this stage. I simply love the place this wine is in right now, possessing plenty of mature, tertiary characters yet still sporting bags of fruit.

JD96

Jeb Dunnuck

From a vintage that was slightly more challenging for the Left Bank with its later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, the 1998 Mouton Rothschild is nevertheless a terrific wine that has beautiful sweetness and depth in its crème de cassis, new saddle leather, leafy herbs, and exotic spice-laced around and flavors. With sweet tannins, terrific mid-palate depth, and a great finish, it’s drinking great today but should age at a glacial pace and keep for another 30 years.

DC94

Decanter

This still has a lovely deep ruby red colour, and on both the nose and palate you are getting to secondary aromas, a walk in the forest, mushrooms, cedars, heather, game – these are flavours you just don’t get in young wines, and amply reward the patience of holding bottles back. The surprise, and the Lafite signature, comes in its vibrancy, in its huge persistency and in the lift on the finish.

WS91

Wine Spectator

Blackberry and violets on the nose, with hints of roses. Sweet tobacco too. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and round tannins. A little tight and reserved now. Give it time.

JS91

James Suckling

This is spicy and peppery with dried fruits and currants. It's full and velvety on the palate, showing pretty berries and toasted coffee beans. Long, long finish.