1996 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Premier Cru Classe, Pauillac 1x3L

JR18.5RP98VM97

¥42,141 / Bottle

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SKU: LXSIB101187219960103000 Categories: , , , ,
Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Vinous – 97

The 1996 Lafite-Rothschild is the strongest wine from the First Growth in that decade. This bottle, served blind and ex-château in Bordeaux, is so precociously backward that I estimate it to be half its age. Blackberry, cedar and graphite are here as usual, though this bottle has even more intensity than the one served at the estate in 2018. The palate is brilliantly balanced with fine tannins and very intense graphite-infused fruit; there’s just a touch more fruité on the finish. Superb. [Neal Martin, 26/01/2023]

Anticipated maturity: 2025-2065

Robert Parker – 98

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, 28/09/2017]

Anticipated maturity: 2020-2050

JancisRobinson.com – 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. [17/02/2011]

Anticipated maturity: 2020-2050

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