Fine Wine

May 06 - 14, 2019

Online Auction
LOT 33
CHÂTEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD 1996 (2) WA 98
  • CHÂTEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD 1996 (2) WA 98

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CHÂTEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD 1996

Pauillac. 1er Cru Classé
1 x scuffed label

The 1996 Lafite-Rothschild was remarkably deep in color considering that it is now 20 years in age. The bouquet is classic Pauillac with pencil shavings and sous-bois infusing the black fruit, masculine and a little aloof, yet focused and very well delineated. The palate is very well balanced with crisp blackberry and boysenberry fruit, spicier than I recollect, a crescendo of flavors so that it seems understated at first but fans out with a sense of confidence towards the finish. I think this still has more to give so cellar it away for another 5-8 years if you can, but otherwise this is an exemplary Lafite-Rothschild that I can envisage getting better and better in bottle, if not quite as enthralling as either Mouton-Rothschild or Château Margaux. Tasted July 2016. Drink: 2020-2050 WA 98

2 bts.    per lot $2,600 - $2,800

Realised: $3,060
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Additional Info:

Department: Wine
Bottle Count: 1-5
Bottle Formats: Standard 750ml
Has Tasting Notes
Score: 98
Single Cuvée / Vintage
Type: Red Bordeaux
Vintage: 1996