1996 Lafite Rothschild Pauillac
Even though it wasn’t my Wine of the Night, but many people voted for this as the champion of the night. It was my 2nd tied with 2005. Nose was slightly diluted with some chlorine smell (strange!) primarily red fruits on the palate, intense and rich flavor, with flavor of multiple layers, stunning complexity! I revisited it again after the formal tasting and re verify that my score was consistent.
11 Jun 2018
Do you really believe two bottles of the same label tasted the same? Sorry to tell you it doesn’t. One bottle came from ex chateau, the other bottle from a reputable UK merchant. They tasted totally different. The ex chateau condition was pristine with very powerful fruits and definitive Pauillac style, while the other was much weaker. Provenance in play.
9 Mar 2017
I have been drinking Bordeaux for half my life, and I can tell you one wine in the whole Bordeaux that's the most difficult to understand, even with my drinking experience Lafite Rothschild.
Nose of wet earth, wet rock, inky, graphite and strong powerful character. Palate was powerful, strong and rich which only 96 Lafite possessed this character as normally Lafite is of extreme elegance, and warm. Both characters were found in this vintage. Don't understand Lafite? Drink more!
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