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1996 Château Lafite Rothschild Château Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

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Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appelation Pauillac
Producer Château Lafite Rothschild
Vintage 1996
Type Red (Dry)
Grape Variety Red Bordeaux Blend
ABV 12.5%

98 Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate (October 2016)

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.

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