Jane Anson reviews one of the best Lafite Rothschild vintages of the 1990s to see how it's ageing...

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Points 98

Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1er Cru Classe, Pauillac

Grape Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon
Grape Variety:Merlot
Grape Variety:Cabernet Franc


Château Lafite-Rothschild, 1er Cru Classé, Pauillac, Médoc, Bordeaux 1996


Lafite-Rothschild 1996

I drank this first at the château with technical director Eric Kohler, and then again with friends when I finished the text for Andy Katz’s The Club of Nine book.

Both times, it blew me away. Still reserved at first, then the aromatics gently build in power, filling the room with the allure of still-warm ash from a crackling wood fire. The gentle beginnings of tertiary truffles curl out of the glass even though the tannins are still tight and powerful.

On the finish, the menthol notes are striking as is the dark fruit register. A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc, it is still so full of youth, a true mix of elegance and hidden power and gives you one of those moments that underline exactly why the First Growths are First Growths.

Alc: 13%

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Wine name:Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1er Cru Classe, Pauillac
Wine vintage:1996