1996 Lafite Rothschild

- 375 ml
100
RP
Availability: Out of Stock
$599.00
Availability: Out of stock
Product ID
13665-375-AI

Wine Critic Reviews:

...the 1996 Lafite-Rothschild is unquestionably this renowned estate's greatest wine...This massive wine may be the biggest, largest-scaled Lafite I have ever tasted...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 wine of the vintage?

Robert Parker | 100 RP

Sokolin 1996 Lafite Rothschild Tasting Notes:

Good wines are a wonderful way to enhance a meal, complete a special occasion, or let a friend know you care about them. Great wines are something entirely else. They speak to us in a different way, elevate our state, convince us we are somewhere else or make our current location heaven on Earth.



Rare are the houses that consistently produce such excellent drinks, and one of them is Lafite-Rothschild. The height of this prestigious line can be summarized in the vintage of 1996, and that says a lot about this gem.



Spectacular, powerful, luxurious, the vintage must be sampled to be believed. It's purple-rimmed, full-bodied, extraordinarily opulent, highly-sophisticated and concentrated. Its incense is breath-taking, generously filled with lead pencil, cassis, leather, graphite and black currant. These notes continue into the palate, complicated by immaculate details of forest floor, cherries, chocolate, and mineral undertones. It moves with authority and grace in a display of virtue, caressing the inside of the mouth with a velvety touch and a firm, relentless grip.



Saying that it gives great satisfaction would be an understatement. Drinking this wine is an experience comparable to a milestone like the sweetness of a first kiss or the relief after a difficult period, except for the fact that this miracle is bottled and ready whenever you want it.



Be careful, though; it may be able to withstand decades in the cellar, but a wine like this doesn't stay available on the market for a long time.

More Information
Availability Out of Stock
Vintage 1996
Format 375 ml
Color Red
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Lafite
Rating 100 RP
Region Bordeaux: Even among the greatest and most reputable wine regions on the planet, Bordeaux stands above the rest. The winemakers of this region have a single-minded dedication to the fine art of viticulture and their efforts never fail to show. If you consider yourself a fine wine enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to visit Bordeaux - life changing. Whether you wish to drink some inspirational and gripping wine as soon as possible, or you want to add some masterpieces to your collection, no region on Earth is a more obvious choice. The noble and beautiful Garonne and Dordogne rivers surge through southwestern France, enriching the soil in a way very few other places can boast. The limestone-based earth is rich in calcium, and the almost oceanic climate conditions give the staple Bordeaux grape varietals vigor and flavor like nowhere else. For their illustrious reds, Bordeaux winemakers rely on a proven combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Meanwhile, a sip of their excellent white wine hints at the use of Semillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc.Each of these varietals carries a unique identity, making every quality wine a character piece to rival Citizen Kane. It can be incredibly hard to choose only a few wines to collect for your cellar!
Type of Wine Bordeaux Red: Picture in your mind a combination of cedar, lead pencil, blackcurrant, plum and mineral aromatics, and texture that caresses your palate like a playful lover. The experience is thrilling from the first whiff to the final seconds of a tannic, generous finish - that is what you'll get from a Bordeaux Red
OWC No
Varietal Bordeaux Blend: Since its birth in France, the art of Bordeaux-inspired blends has been brought to regions like California, and Washington, where New World visionaries add their own unique spin to the formula, creating mouth-watering tributes to Bordeaux's viticultural greatness. Today, with a compelling cultural mixture, sampling Bordeaux blends is more excited than ever.
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