Wine and Port

1998 Wine and Port

1998 Wine Vintage Report

1998 Vintage Port :

1998 port: Not generally declared as a vintage. A small crop produced some good and powerful Quinta Vintage Ports. Colheitas or Single Harvest Ports such as Kopke or Barros would make an excellent alternative for port lovers.

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, pick a Barolo or Barbaresco from Piedmont. The wines are classics and will drink well now or keep for another 10 years or more.

1998 Bordeaux :

1998 wine: This year favoured the merlot grape leading to a glorious vintage in Pomerol and St Emillion. 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 M├ędoc wines were initially under-rated, but properties with the finest terroirs have produced some excellent high-quality wines that are now showing tremendous promise.

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1998 Barbaresco

Barbaresco is one of the great wines of Italy's north-western Piedmont region. This aristocratic red has its vineyards situated in the Langhe, on the
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1998 Barolo

Barolo lies just south-west of Alba in Italy's north-western Piedmont region. It is considered one of the finest and longest-lived wines, often referred to as 'the king of wines and the wine of kings'.
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1998 Chateau Chasse Spleen

This wine continues to behave well, exhibiting plenty of ripe, spicy, curranty fruit in its moderately intense nose, medium body, sweet, expansive fruit, and an easy-going finish.
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1998 Chateau Cissac

Good colour, great legs and nose. Quite nice when opened. Perhaps a trace of liquorice and a hint of 'medicinal' character. After 3-4 hours - quite rich and aromatic with good cherry fruit and a touch of maraschino at the end.
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1998 Chateau Cos d'Estournel

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 Ducru Beaucaillou

** 91 Points - Robert Parker **

"A supremely elegant, dense purple-colored effort, the 1998 reveals aromas of cassis, black raspberries, minerals, and currants.
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1998 Chateau Figeac

***94 Points, Jeannie Cho Lee***
***90 Parker Points***

The 1998 Chateau Figeac is a stylish, mid-weight effort with an opulent, complex bouquet of licorice, Asian spices, tobacco, and fruit cake.
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1998 Chateau Fontenil

From the 1998 Vintage and fully mature. Beautifully integrated, still with freshness of fruit and a bit light on its feet. elegant, poised, soft fruit and lovely complexity.
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1998 Chateau La Lagune

This is a very fine La Lagune. A deep garnet core with tawny rim, the nose straightlaced with cedar, smoke, a touch of cranberry and a little cracked black pepper.
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