1996 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux - 100 pts - 750ml

1996 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux - 100 pts - 750ml

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1996 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux - 100 Pts!

Château Lafite Rothschild is a wine estate in the Pauillac region of the Médoc, producing one of the most sought-after and expensive red wines in the world. Lafite Rothschild is known for its perfume, elegance, finesse and harmony, in contrast to the more powerful Latour and Mouton Rothschild. Nevertheless, great vintages can age for 50 years or more.

The estate began to earn its reputation as a winemaking property in the late 1600s; by the second half of the following century it was known as "The King's Wine" at Versailles, and had a strong following in London. The acclaim did not diminish and in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification Lafite was ranked a first growth. It was bought by Baron James de Rothschild in 1868. Throughout much of the 20th Century, despite many sublime wines, Lafite Rothschild was regarded as an inconsistent producer but since the mid-1990s it has become more reliable – in fact, it regularly makes claims for wine of the vintage.


Product Details

Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Vintage 1996
Rating 100 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Location Pauillac
Producer Lafite-Rothschild
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating 100 RP - 1996 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux - 100 Pts! 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. RP

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Winery Details

Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Vintage 1996
Rating 100 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Location Pauillac
Producer Lafite-Rothschild
Color Red
Wine Type Table

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