Lafite Rothschild 1996

Cult Wines Price: £866.25 / 1x75cl
Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, 1996

Tasting Notes Lafite Rothschild 1996

100

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 will require many years to come around, so I suspect all of us past the age of fifty might want to give serious consideration as to whether we should be laying away multiple cases of this wine. 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. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2050. The wine of the vintage?

Robert Parker Jr
Wine Advocate #122 April 1999
97-99

First tasted at the Farr horizontal in January 2003. Deeper than 1995. Nose is closed. Tobacco and wood with a touch of liquorice. Fine definition. Very concentrated palate - full-bodied. At an adolescent stage. Earthy/cigar-box notes. Quite austere on finish. Vin de garde. Very fine indeed. Then at the Lafite vertical in November 2005. Opaque purple/black colour. Just an incredible nose: blackberry, roasted herbs, pain grille all with brilliant definition. Absolutely stunning. The palate is very backward with firm, masculine tannins. Perfect acidity. Dense, earthy black fruits, minerals with a touch of black truffle developing. Incredible concentration and a perfect wine that marries power and finesse. Very complex. Brilliant, but a long-term wine. Leave it 10 years or more. Last tasted in September 2006 when it was just a little more herbaceous than I expected.

Neal Martin
Wine Journal (http://www.erobertparker.com/newsearch/NealMartin_TH.aspx?th=40712&id=2)

Lafite Rothschild Pricing

Wine Vintage Producer Market price Unit size
Lafite Rothschild 2017 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £4,900.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2016 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £6,100.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2016 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £3,050.00 6x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2015 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £5,455.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2015 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £2,800.00 6x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2014 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £4,700.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2014 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £2,450.00 6x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2013 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £4,970.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2013 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £2,530.00 6x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2012 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £5,000.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2012 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £2,550.00 6x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2011 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £4,946.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2010 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £7,403.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2010 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £3,702.00 6x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2009 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £7,200.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2008 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £7,444.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2007 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £6,400.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2006 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £6,370.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2005 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £7,600.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2004 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £6,300.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2003 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £9,000.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2002 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £6,495.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2001 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £6,650.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 2000 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £13,400.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 1999 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £6,528.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 1998 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £7,400.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 1997 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £6,800.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 1996 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £9,450.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 1996 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £866.25 1x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 1995 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £7,350.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 1990 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £8,100.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 1989 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £7,493.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 1986 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £11,780.00 12x75cl
Lafite Rothschild 1982 Chateau Lafite Rothschild £37,500.00 12x75cl