1996 Lafite-Rothschild 750ml

France - Bordeaux - Pauillac | First Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
1996 Lafite-Rothschild
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International Wine Cellar | 96+

($335-$346) 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 Dates: 2015-2040
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 103

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Jancis Robinson | 18.5

Looks (and tastes) SO much much younger and more purple than the Lafite 1995. Quite aromatic, very rich and ripe. Seductive. Very smooth. Almost formless for the tannins are well in retreat. Solid stuff that still has a way to go. Slightly inky. Much younger and more angular than the 1995. But it should come out of its shell very elegantly.

Drink Dates: 2020-2050
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 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. The wine of the vintage?

Drink Dates: 2012-2050
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 122

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Wine Spectator | 96

Impressively dark in color, with mineral, mint and black currant aromas that hint also of spices and cedar. Full-bodied, with very firm tannins and a silky texture, this top Bordeaux goes on and on on the palate. One of the most solid Lafites in recent history.

Drink Dates: 2002+
Author: James Suckling


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Drink Dates: 2011-2045
Author: Vinfolio Team


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Score:
Author: Tallydoc
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 08/11/2010
Drink Dates: 2012-2050
Score: 100
Author: gm
Trust Rating: 45
Tasted On: 06/13/2009
Drink Dates: 2012-2050

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Score: 100
Author: winefolio
Trust Rating: 81
Tasted On: 03/04/2009
Score: 100
Author: dave1161
Trust Rating: 14
Tasted On: 12/24/2008

0 of 1 people found this review useful.

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