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Chateau Lafite-Rothschild 1er Cru Classe 1996

Winery: Chateau Lafite-Rothschild
Region: Pauillac
Wine: 1er Cru Classe
Variety: Red Bordeaux
Vintage: 1996
Attributes
UOM: 750ml

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 Ch√Ęteau Margaux. Tasted July 2016.

Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate 227. - 98 Points

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