Château Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 1996

9.496 ratings on Delectable
$1275

Tasted three times since bottling, the 1996 Lafite-Rothschild is unquestionably this renowned estate's greatest wine. As I indicated last year, only 38% of the crop was deemed grand enough to be put into the final blend, which is atypically high in Cabernet Sauvignon (83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot). This massive wine may be the biggest, largest-scaled Lafite I have ever tasted...It is also the first Lafite-Rothschild to be put into a new engraved bottle (designed to prevent fraudulent imitations). 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. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Max Coane Delectable Pro

The bordeaux bonanza continued

The bordeaux bonanza continued

9.2

CK Vong

1996. Uncorked at 10 am, serve at 7 pm. No aroma at all. Nothing and nothing. As usual ending, lafite blend sprite which is very refined and enjoyable. Toss.

1996. Uncorked at 10 am, serve at 7 pm. No aroma at all. Nothing and nothing. As usual ending, lafite blend sprite which is very refined and enjoyable. Toss.

7.0

Henrik Poulsen Delectable Pro

I have been surprised more than once over how certain vintages of Lafite can seem muted for a long time and then miraculous bounce back and show fantastic at 30+ years. That being said I doubt this will ever reach the 98-100 range for me.... (1995 enjoyed a few months ago was in a different league).

I have been surprised more than once over how certain vintages of Lafite can seem muted for a long time and then miraculous bounce back and show fantastic at 30+ years. That being said I doubt this will ever reach the 98-100 range for me.... (1995 enjoyed a few months ago was in a different league).

9.3

Nico J. Snyman Delectable Pro

Really beautiful right now, it's still showing great fruit intensity but all the development you'd expect of this world-class wine.

Really beautiful right now, it's still showing great fruit intensity but all the development you'd expect of this world-class wine.

9.7

Mark Oldman Delectable Pro

hard to say who is more excited: the ‪#‎Lafite‬ or the ‪#‎lamb‬- twas big and rich with an explosive nose showing gorgeous black fruit and a pleasing notes of licorice. Its finish goes for miles with sweet-seeming fruit and talcum-like tannins that coat your palate. A beauty that has decades of life left.

hard to say who is more excited: the ‪#‎Lafite‬ or the ‪#‎lamb‬- twas big and rich with an explosive nose showing gorgeous black fruit and a pleasing notes of licorice. Its finish goes for miles with sweet-seeming fruit and talcum-like tannins that coat your palate. A beauty that has decades of life left.

9.5

Justin Timsit Delectable Pro

Wine Director, The Rittenhouse

Really showing secondary character beautifully while still retaining freshness. Ripe and balanced. Still full of fruit with a long way to go. Tasting sanguine and iron-rich on the back-palate with dried cassis and leather up front.

Really showing secondary character beautifully while still retaining freshness. Ripe and balanced. Still full of fruit with a long way to go. Tasting sanguine and iron-rich on the back-palate with dried cassis and leather up front.

9.5

Yoon Ha Delectable Pro

Master Sommelier/Wine Director Benu

This will become a great wine one day. Without question.

This will become a great wine one day. Without question.

9.6

Donald Patz Delectable Pro

Owner/Winemaker Patz & Hall

Lovely.

Lovely.

9.1

Maciek Krupa Delectable Pro

Chief Wine Officer at WINYFY, Sommelier

Magnum

Magnum

9.9

Jimmy Hayes Delectable Pro

Estate Director Mayacamas Vineyard

Really classy bottle. Classy and classic. Textbook BDX. #drinkingwithlebron

Really classy bottle. Classy and classic. Textbook BDX. #drinkingwithlebron

9.4