95-100 / 100
95-100 / 100
Label Slightly damaged
The 1996 vintage took place in three main stages. Optimal weather conditions during the growth of the grapes, followed by a cold and rainy August to finish with a very sunny September.
Château Lafite Rothschild 1996 is a very rich, dense, very structured and complex wine. This premier cru classé borrows the elegance of the 1953 vintage and the power of the 1959 vintage. It is a wine for long keeping.
DOMAINE FOREY Père et Fils 1996
(04-1999) This massive wine may be the biggest, largest-scaled Lafite I have ever tasted. 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. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2050. The wine of the vintage?
(06-2018) Strong ruby, purple reflections, somewhat feint water edge. Strong smoky-spicy underlay of blackberry jelly, prune, a touch of bouillon, needs a lot of air. Dark berry, taut, sustainable tannins, which still need to soften, a really multilayered wine, peppery notes on the finish, sloe and sour cherry, a touch of noble chocolate in the aftertaste.
(04-2017) A glorious Lafite that exudes confidence and harmony. This vintage of Lafite has all the elements for greatness - firm, ripe tannins, fresh acidity and medium body along with layers of nuanced flavors that are incredibly persistent on the palate. There is finesse as well as power and intensity here, a winning combination. Still young but starting to peak. A wine to cellar for decades.
(08-2021) If you prefer your elegance and refined character-filled wines on the young, buy reaching adolescent side, where the fruit, with its trail of tobacco leaf, cedar, cigar box, lead pencil, and salty rocks is just starting to fold into the secondary stage, you came to the right place. While another 5-10 years will really bring this to center stage, due to its forward style, this is starting to work in your glass.