Château Lafite Rothschild Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac 1996

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dark purple. prefume nose of black fruit. full body, well balance, and smooth finish Read more

Gorgeous aromas of currant, berries and licorice. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, caressing finish. Still holding back. People tal... Read more

Tasted three times since bottling, the 1996 Lafite-Rothschild is unquestionably this renowned estates greatest wine. As I indicated last year, only... Read more

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Snooth User: dowsk
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11/12/2007

dark purple. prefume nose of black fruit. full body, well balance, and smooth finish


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/31/2010

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... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1996 Lafite-Rothschild 375ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/13/2011

Tasted three times since bottling, the 1996 Lafite-Rothschild is unquestionably this renowned estates 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 C... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1996 Lafite-Rothschild 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/17/2009

...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 ... Stephen Tanzer. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1996 Lafite-Rothschild 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/20/2013

An aromatic yet compact wine dark and rich with floral berry and mineral aromas. Medium-bodied with firm tannins and a silky-textured finish. Best after 2000. (JS) Wine Spectator.


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321717 Snooth User: jshimkin
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09/02/2013

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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 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.

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