1998
Wine and Port

1998 Wine and Port

1998 Wine Vintage Report

1998 Italian :

Another very good year for Tuscany and Piedmont, although some Tuscan producers suffered from poor picking timing during the October rains. Those that picked before or after were rewarded with long living wines but to be sure, we would recommend picking a Barolo or Barbaresco from Piedmont. The wines are classics and will drink well now or keep for years to come.

1998 Bordeaux :

This year favoured the merlot grape, leading to a glorious vintage in Pomerol and St Emilion. This is undoubtedly the greatest vintage for Merlot-dominated wines since 1990, and the quality of the St-Emilions and Pomerols is outstanding being powerful and tannic. The Médoc wines were initially underrated, but properties with the finest terroirs have produced some excellent high-quality wines that are now showing tremendous promise.

1998 Portugal :

A port wine from 1998 would make an excellent 24 year old wine gift for a birthday or anniversary. This year was not generally declared as a vintage, however a small crop produced some good and powerful Single Quinta Vintage Ports. Colheitas or Single Harvest Ports such as Kopke or Barros would make an excellent alternative for port lovers and newcomers alike.

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1998 Barolo


Elio Grasso is making monumental wines with great balance and classic varietal character. Split between the worlds of new wave and traditonal Piemontese winemaking Elio has been able to fuse the two incorporating the best of both.
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1998 Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello de Montalcino is one of Italys most famous and most expensive red wines. It is produced in the vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino located about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Florence in the Tuscany wine region.
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1998 Chateau Beausite

The 1998 Beau-site has notes of wood, leather, cedar, lead, blackcurrant. Grippy tannins and good acidity. Fully mature - drink now.

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1998 Chateau Cos d'Estournel

*** 88 Points - Robert Parker ***

The nose is quite smoky and dusty, with a touch of green pepper. Very masculine, as is the palate that is foursquare, with dusty tannins, cigar box and blackberry leaf.
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1998 Chateau de Pez

An attractive cru bourgeois from St. Estèphe, the 1998 De Pez possesses loads of sweet black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, light, sweet tannin, medium body, and a nice, earthy finish.
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1998 Chateau Duhart Milon Rothschild

*** 89 Points - Parker ***

Reviews "This dense ruby/purple-colored blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot has filled out nicely during its upbringing in wood.
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1998 Chateau Fonroque

This is a a Merlot dominant red wine from a Grand Cru Classe estate within the Bordeaux appellation of Saint-Emilion; 1998 vintage. It has a beautiful colour of a mature Bordeaux.
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1998 Chateau Gruaud Larose

The 1998 Gruaud Larose appears to be a potential sleeper of the vintage, and may merit an outstanding score. It is a powerful, bulky style of Gruaud-L
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1998 Chateau La Dominique

Chateau La Dominique from the excellent 1998 vintage is now at its sumptuous peak and is drinking well. It will hold for a few more years.

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