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1996 Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux Blend - France - Bordeaux - Pauillac - Red - First Growth

France - Bordeaux - Pauillac

Red Bordeaux Blend - First Growth
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Chateau Lafite-Rothschild is one of the Bordeaux First Growths in Pauillac, and possesses a long history of exceptional quality. In the 17th century, the vineyards were owned by Alexandre de Segur, also proprietor of Chateau Latour. After the French revolution, the chateau was purchased by several Dutch merchants before the current owners, the... More »

Score
JR 18.5
100
IWC 96+
WA 100
WS 96
Drink Dates
Comm: 2012-2050 IWC: 2015-2040 VF: 2011-2045 WA: 2012-2050 WS: 2002+
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IWC 96+
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 103
Drink Dates 2015-2040

($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.

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JR 18.5
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2020-2050

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.

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WA 100
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 122
Drink Dates 2012-2050

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?

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WS 96
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2002+

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.

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Source Vinfolio
Drink Dates 2011-2045

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Author Tallydoc
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 92.373%
Tasted On 08/11/2010
Drink Dates 2012-2050
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Author gm
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 44.545%
Tasted On 06/13/2009
Drink Dates 2012-2050
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Site / Blog   Trust Rating 80.523%
Tasted On 03/04/2009
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Site / Blog   Trust Rating 13.725%
Tasted On 12/24/2008
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