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1996 Chateau Lafite Rothschild 100 Points 75cl / 13%
A bottle of 1996 Château Lafite Rothschild from Bordeaux's Pauillac appellation.
Château Lafite is ranked as a First Growth under the 1855 Bordeaux Classification and is commonly regarded as being the most elegant and refined of them all. Plantings are 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 3% Cabernet France and 2% Petit Verdot. It is a 100 hectare estate, with roughly one third of the fruit making it into the 'Grand Vin'.
'The 1996 Lafite Rothschild was spectacularly powerful and rich, somewhat atypically intense and concentrated for Lafite. It is a gorgeous expression of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon from this great terroir. Remarkably, only 38% of the production made it into the 1996 Lafite, and it is a wine for the ages. Still an infant, it is capable of lasting another 50 or more years. 100 points.'
Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette, 2005
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