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1996 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac
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About Chateau Lafite-Rothschild

Chateau Lafite-Rothschild has been sitting at the top of Bordeaux wine lists since the 17th century. Purchased by the Rothschild family in 1868, Lafite has seen it all over the years, from epidemics of phylloxera to German occupation during World War II. Today, Lafite continues to produce some of the finest, and most expensive, wines in the world.

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1996 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac

Producer: Chateau Lafite-Rothschild
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Bordeaux Blend
Origin: France
Region: Bordeaux
Appellation: Pauillac

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96+ Points | International Wine Cellar , July/August 2002

($335-$346) Full, deep ruby, by far the darkest of these vintages. Knockout nose of great precision: cassis, black cherry, lead pencil, licorice, dried herbs and mint. Densely packed and extremely unevolved; a powerfully structured wine with uncanny precision and penetration. Finishes with powerful, firm tannins and exceptional mounting persistence. An infant, but a great Northern Medoc '96 in the making. Drink 2015 to 2040.

96 Points | Wine Spectator
100 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Pure pleasure...
12/15/2005
by Marone11708434
You can get lost in its deep dark red, definitely one of the most impressive wines i've ever tasted in my life. Coffee, liquorice, leather, black pepper,balsamic and menthol notes,little red and black fruits, goudron. All these sensations are perfectely distincted and balanced, serious, austere, amazing how a wine with this power due to a generous amount of beautiful tannins and alcohol can be already so well balanced, a wine to forget for years and years in the cellar but already capable to give great emotions, it seems it never ends in your mouth.
Quite good, but it needs time.
04/20/2000
by Stephane Castera
The wine is bright and clear with an intense red ruby core that continues almost to the rim (a softer ruby colour). The wine has an intense viscosity showing a high level of alcohol. The nose is clean and soft with earthy tones, black pepper and spices, as well as some black berries with a floral touch. The palate is dry, with a serious level of tannin. The fruit is hidden, but shows great potential. Alcohol level is high, leathery, young--long length and a great balance. The wine is still very austere but shows good potential.

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