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1996 Château Lafite Rothschild

Pauillac, 1er cru classé

$2,799.00 per Magnum (1.5L)


3 Magnums (1.5L)




"The 1996 Lafite-Rothschild was remarkably deep in color considering that it is now 20 years in age. The bouquet is classic Pauillac with pencil shavings and sous-bois infusing the black fruit, masculine and a little aloof, yet focused and very well delineated. The palate is very well balanced with crisp blackberry and boysenberry fruit, spicier than I recollect, a crescendo of flavors so that it seems understated at first but fans out with a sense of confidence towards the finish. I think this still has more to give so cellar it away for another 5-8 years if you can, but otherwise this is an exemplary Lafite-Rothschild that I can envisage getting better and better in bottle, if not quite as enthralling as either Mouton-Rothschild or Château Margaux. Tasted July 2016." Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #227
(WA, 10/28/2016)

Rating: 98
Drink from: 2020-2050

"The 1996 Lafite-Rothschild is consistent with the bottle shown at the Hong Kong vertical. It has an intense bouquet with blackberry, cedar and a pencil box of graphite. The adjective I use whilst writing this note is that the aromas are "cool". Perhaps given its provenance, this is one of the most backward bottles of 1996 that I have tasted. There are those fine but rigid tannins that lend this Lafite such beguiling symmetry, copious cedar and graphite with vein of brine and oyster shell. I love the precision of this wine and the sappiness on the finish. At the moment, maybe more impressive than enjoyable, so if you can, cellar it for another 5 to 8 years. Tasted at the Lafite-Rothschild 150th anniversary dinner at the estate." Neal Martin, Vinous.com
(AG, 07/01/2018)

Rating: 97+
Drink from: 2025-2055

"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. Best after 2002." Wine Spectator
(WS, 01/31/1999)

Rating: 96
Drink from: 2002

"The most backward bouquet so far, and also very tight on the palate, but a wonderful texture. This may pass some by, but what refinement. Needs at least another ten years." Roy Richards, The World of Fine Wine, Issue 12
(WFW, 02/28/2006)

Rating: 19

"Very intense nose and very obviously intense, ripe Cabernet. Essence of 1996 though not yet comfortable to drink. Very rich and intense and focussed. Long and reverberating." JancisRobinson.com
(JR, 09/08/2006)

Rating: 18.5
Drink from: 2010-2025

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