1996 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac

1996 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac

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Expert Ratings and Reviews

100 Points Wine Advocate
96 Points Wine Spectator

Customer Ratings

Based on 9 ratings
Pure pleasure...

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.

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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