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1996 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac - 375ML

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IWC 96+
WA 100
WS 95

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Winemaker's notes: "The quality of Chateau Lafite Rothschild needs no introduction. As early as 1815...

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Winemaker's notes: "The quality of Chateau Lafite Rothschild needs no introduction. As early as 1815, Abraham Lawton had already designated it as leader: he ranked it as being the most elegant and delicate, with the finest body of the three (leading wines) he qualified in 1855. As to Chateau Lafite traits shared by all vintage years, it was an enlightened amateur that summed it up best by saying ...whatever the case, all the Chateau Lafite wines have an almond and violet aroma!

Wine Details

Bottle Size 375ml
Vintage 1996
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Producer Chateau Lafite Rothschild
Region No
Appellation Pauillac
Color Red
Country France
Featured Product No
Price $333.00

International Wine Cellarage (IWC) Review

IWC 96+
Full, deep ruby, by far the darkest of these vintages. Knockout nose of great precision: cassis, black cherry, lead pencil, licorice, dried herbs and mint. Densely packed and extremely unevolved; a powerfully structured wine with uncanny precision and penetration. Finishes with powerful, firm tannins and exceptional mounting persistence. An infant, but a great Northern Medoc '96 in the making. Drink 2015 to 2040.

Wine Advocate (WA) Review

WA 100
Tasted three times since bottling, the 1996 Lafite-Rothschild is unquestionably this renowned estate's greatest wine. As I indicated last year, only 38% of the crop was deemed grand enough to be put into the final blend, which is atypically high in Cabernet Sauvignon (83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot). This massive wine may be the biggest, largest-scaled Lafite I have ever tasted. It will require many years to come around, so I suspect all of us past the age of fifty might want to give serious consideration as to whether we should be laying away multiple cases of this wine. It is also the first Lafite-Rothschild to be put into a new engraved bottle (designed to prevent fraudulent imitations). The wine exhibits a thick-looking, ruby/purple color, and a knock-out nose of lead pencil, minerals, flowers, and black currant scents. Extremely powerful and full-bodied, with remarkable complexity for such a young wine, this huge Lafite is oozing with extract and richness, yet has managed to preserve its quintessentially elegant personality. This wine is even richer than it was prior to bottling. It should unquestionably last for 40-50 years. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2050. The wine of the vintage?-Robert Parker

Wine Spectactor (WS) Review

WS 95
Gorgeous aromas of currant, berries and licorice. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, caressing finish. Still holding back. People talk about this as one of the greatest Lafites ever, but I don't think so.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2008.-JS
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