1996 Vintage Report

Italian: 1996 was an outstanding vintage for Italian wines. This is an extremely good year. In Piedmont, tricky weather all summer yielded to a period of hot and dry weather from mid-September through to mid-October. This enabled the late-ripening Nebbiolo to achieve a classic balance between fruit and structure. The best Barolos and Barbarescos are substantial on the palate and give every indication of a long life ahead. Like Piedmont, Tuscany had a cooler than average summer and this enabled a long, slow ripening of the grapes. The wines are richly aromatic, deeply coloured and abundantly fruity.
 
Bordeaux: The 1996 vintage produced exceptional wines that broke all price records (until the 2000 vintage). The top wines will just about have reached full maturity now but will keep for many more years.

 
Spain: A very good vintage though less fine than the preceding two. Particularly successful in Ribera del Duero, where ripe, relatively friendly wines were made.
 
Vintage Port: Although 1996 was one of the wettest years for port on record, the Douro region produced a large, abundant crop. The year was not declared as a Vintage, however a few good port wines were produced which are noted for being fruity and forward.

42 products found.

1996 Chateau Marbuzet

Saint Estephe (Offer includes a dark mocha leather effect gift box with silk liner)

The 1996 Chateau Marbuzet has a dark ruby colour. Iron, game and deep red fruits fill the nose with exciting aromas. Plump, seductive flavors cover the palate with a hit of '96 acidity on the finish keeping everything balanced and in proper order. A bit of lavender makes its way into things after being exposed to air for 60 minutes.
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1996 Fine Bordeaux Duo

2x75cl- Chateau Marbuzet & Chateau Les Ailes de Berliquet (Price includes a double leather effect gift box as illustrated)

This fabulous wine selection from the good 1996 vintage is the perfect gift for an old world wine lover. It comprises of 2 bottles of fine red Bordeaux wine beautifully presented in a double leather effect gift box with silk liner.

1996 Chateau Marbuzet, St. Estephe
A terrific wine. Iron, game and deep red fruits fill the nose with exciting aromas. Plump, seductive flavors cover the palate with a hit of '96 acidity on the finish keeping everything balanced and in proper order. A bit of lavender makes its way into things after being exposed to air for 60 minutes. In perfect harmony!


1996 Les Ailes de Berliquet,
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Price: £89.95
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1996 Fonseca Port

Guimaraens Single Quinta Vintage Port (Price includes a solid oak gift box with silk liner as illustrated)

Tasting note:
Complex and elegant bottle matured bouquet. Plum and cherry fruit with spicy, aromatic background. Lean, stylish wine with good structure. Fresh, firm finish that holds well.


Reviews
"It is not without reason that Fonseca is described as the Margaux of the Douro; its wines have a femininity and grace that never flatter to deceive. The 1996 Single Quinta is a perfect example; combining fresh aromatics and layers of berry fruit flavours with a firm but unobtrusive tannic structure. Enormously concentrated, and perfectly balanced this wine is archetypical Fonseca." Parker, buyers Guide.
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Price: £49.95
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1996 Italian Duo

2x75cl bottles- Chianti Classico Castello di Fonterutoli & Chianti Melini (price includes a double leather effect gift box with silk liner)- SPECIAL OFFER SAVE £10, Was £79.95, Now only £69.95.

1996 was an outstanding vintage for Italian wines and this two bottle gift will offer a great drinking experience. It features two wine styles of Chianti. Both bottles are beautifully presented in a dark mocha double leather effect gift box as illustrated.

1996 Chianti Classico, Castello di Fonterutoli - Mazzei
This lovely Chianti is characterised by its ruby red colour which turns to garnet with time, with aromas of red and black cherry intermingled with notes of wild herbs, mint and a hint of earthy spice. It is supported by a racy acidity, mellow tannins and a long persistent finish.
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Carruades de Chateau Lafite, 1996

Pauillac

A very intense, expressive nose of blackberry, espresso and an animal quality. Good definition, almost Rhone-like. Smooth entry, full-bodied. Blackberry, coffee, huge tannins. Muscular, again almost Rhone-like. Very high extraction with a pain grille finish. Needs another five years at least. Slight astringency on the finish. Tasted September 2006. Neil Martin Wine Journal
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Price: £235.00
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Chateau Belgrave, 1996

Haut-Medoc, 5th Growth Classification

The 1996 Chateau Belgrave has strong aromas of creme de cassis intermixed with hints of herbs, licorice, damp earth, and barrique jump from the glass of the dense purple-hued 1996.It possesses a supple, fleshy mid-palate, sweet tannin, and fine purity as well as texture.
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Price: £44.95
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Chateau Berliquet, 1996

Les Ailes de Berliquet (2nd Wine of Ch Berliquet)

This wine from the excellent 1996 vintage is a dark ruby/purple-colored offering exhibits dense, saturated, flavorful black cherry notes intermixed with licorice, spice box, tobacco, and earth. Full-bodied, ripe, and concentrated, with moderate tannin and a closed but impressively built personality.
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Price: £39.95
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Chateau Cantemerle, 1996

Haut Medoc 5me Cru Classe

Reviews:
"The 1996 Cantemerle has a rather leathery, cigar box-tinged bouquet, autumnal with the Cabernet dominating the aromatics. The palate is foursquare in keeping with the vintage, quite austere towards the tertiary finish. " Neil Martin ERobert Parker 2011
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Price: £58.95
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Chateau Carronne St Gemme, 1996

Haut Medoc, Special Offer was £49.95, Now only £39.95

Good Haut Medoc property situated just south of Chateau Lagrange on the fringe of St Julien commune.
Review:
Pale red in color, fading to garnet. On the nose still some fruit left mainly red fruit, leather, tobaco and earth. On the palate black cherry, plum and vanilla. The tannins are smooth and the acidity is balanced. Medium finish.
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Chateau Certan-de-may, 1996

Pomerol

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Moderately saturated medium red. Somewhat riper aromas of black raspberry, black cherry, smoke, tar, tobacco and pepper, plus a hint of green coffee beans. More intensely flavored and vinous than the '97; in a rather fruity style but a wine of modest sweetness. Finishes with tongue-dusting tannins and more length than the '97, but still betrays a slight greenness. (ST) (5/1998)
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Price: £79.95
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Chateau Clos Haut Peyraguey, 1996

Sauternes

Sight: Attractive, intense, radiant gold, with golden, with slight honey hints.

Smell: Intense, complex nose. The seductive candied honey and orange notes emerge first, then secondary aromas of almond, apricot and vanilla appear.

Taste: Smooth, impressively dense flavor, with notes of orange and apricot. Beautiful enduring length. The essence of the grape. This wine is an example of the excellence of Sauternes wines: powerful, structured and elegant, with notes of fruits and intense flowers, with great aging possibilities.
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Price: £39.00
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Chateau Doisy Daene, 1996

Barsac, Grand in Sec

Tasting Note: The 1996 is a stylish mineral laden, moderately sweet wine with mid-weight honeyed complexity, and a fresh, lively finish'. Robert Parker Bordeaux 6th Ed.
Rating 86/100.
Ready for drinking now.

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Price: £44.95
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Chateau Duhart Milon Rothschild, 1996

Pauillac 4th Growth Classification

*** 92 Points Wine Advocate ****

Reviews
"The 1996 Duhart-Milon-Rothschild is aging in wonderful fashion, to wit, a straight down the fairway Pauilliac. Now at 20 years of age, it has developed a fresh and very brine-scented bouquet with plenty of undergrowth and bell pepper aromas. You could almost imagine a bit of Loire Cabernet Franc in here! The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry, impressive body and backbone, likewise more than enough freshness on the structured finish laced with white pepper and bell pepper. Very classic in style, this is a Duhart for traditionalists, but I for one appreciate its style.
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Price: £89.00
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Chateau Gruaud Larose, 1996

Saint-Julien

The 1996 appears to be a potential sleeper of the vintage, and may merit an outstanding score. It is a powerful, bulky style of Gruaud-Larose, with a dark ruby/purple color, and plenty of cassis, spicy new oak, and roasted herbs in the jammy nose. On the palate, the wine has lost much of the forward precociousness it was revealing last spring, now boasting loads of tannin in its powerful, muscular flavors. It seemed much softer when I first tasted it, but the wine has put on weight and gained considerable structure. It now appears this husky wine has the potential for long-term cellaring.
Gruaud-Larose was purchased in 1997 by Jacques Merlaut, the well-known proprietor of many other chateaux, including Chasse-Spleen.
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Price: £109.00
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Chateau Guiraud, 1996

Sauternes

This is a classic Sauternes with a great deal of sweetness, plenty of ripeness, and obvious aromas of toasty, smoky new oak. The wine exhibits finesse and complexity, a style of Sauternes that will have its admirers, particularly among those who like to drink these wines as an aperitif.
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Price: £38.95
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Chateau Haut Brion, 1996

Pessac Leognan 1er Grand Cru Classe

Wine Spectator 93 Points - "Gorgeous aromas of crushed berries, cigar box, black licorice and tanned leather. Full-bodied, with fine silky tannins and a medium to long finish. Seems a little tight right now. But refined and pretty. Nice for the vintage.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2008."


Robert Parker - RP92
The Wine Advocate - "The backward 1996 Haut-Brion was bottled in July, 1998. Even administrator Jean Delmas was surprised by how closed it was when I tasted it in January. Only 60% of the crop was utilized in the final blend, which was 50% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 11% Cabernet Franc.
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Price: £369.00
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Chateau La Tour Blanche, 1996

Sauternes Premier Cru

Reviews

Jancis Robinson
A little curranty and even a hint of rot. But there is lots of interest and energy here. And masses of sweetness – well balanced by acidity. Only just becoming ready to drink. Very heady and peachy. (6/2011)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The light-style 1996 possesses a light golden color, moderate sweetness, and a flinty, citrusy, buttery nose with evidence of coconut, pears, oranges, and pineapples. In the mouth, it is medium-bodied and stylish with considerable elegance. Anticipated maturity: now-2015. (4/1999)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Straw-gold.
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Chateau Lamothe Guignard, 1996

Sauternes

Mid gold. Hint of citrus, orange peel mid sweet good body and fresh finish. Very good value and quality.
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Chateau Langoa Barton, 1996

St Julien, 3rd Growth Classification

Very dark, dense and glossy. Black fruit and violets on the nose. A massive palate; piles of structure, but with plenty of fruit and texture. It has balance and a fresh, elegant fluidity. Quite a classic style, typical of the vintage. Oak has yet to fully integrate. Again, should make a superb wine. Needs five to eight years.
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Chateau Marbuzet, 1996

Saint Estephe

The 1996 Chateau Marbuzet has a dark ruby colour. Iron, game and deep red fruits fill the nose with exciting aromas. Plump, seductive flavors cover the palate with a hit of '96 acidity on the finish keeping everything balanced and in proper order. A bit of lavender makes its way into things after being exposed to air for 60 minutes.
Perfect now.
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Chateau Pontet Canet, 1996

Pauillac 5me Cru Classe

*** 92 Points - Robert Parker ***

I was shocked by how backward the 1996 Pontet-Canet was on the three occasions I tasted it in January. This wine possesses superb potential, but it appears a decade's worth of patience will be necessary. The color is a saturated dark purple. With coaxing, the wine offers aromas of black currant jam intertwined with minerals, sweet oak, and spice. A full-bodied wine, it possesses layered, concentrated, sweet fruit, with an elevated level of ripe tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2035. - Robert Parker - Wine Advocate
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Price: £89.00
Stock: 12 in Stock

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Chateau Rieussec, 1996

Sauternes

Rieussec has had many owners in its illustrious history, the present owner, Domaine Barons de Rothschild of Lafite Rothschild, acquired the estate in 1984. They put investment into the cellars and vineyard management, reducing the vine yields and improving the grape quality. Rieussec now consistently produces some of the greatest dessert wines in Bordeaux.

4/12/2015 - Jeremy Holmes wrote:

Drinking really well. Expressive aromatics of lavender, honey, apricot jam and orange blossom. Full, rich, sweet and intense with good volume and real freshness to the finish.
*Review from CellarTracker.
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Price: £49.95
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Chateau Sociando Mallet, 1996

Medoc

87 Points - Wine Journal.


Neil Martin writes of this wine... "Showing fabulously at the turn of the millennium where it displayed great depth and concentration. A more muted response when last tasted blind at Farr's horizontal. Much fresher on the nose with good fruit concentration. Blackberry, cedar, burnt toast, quite complex and well-defined. The palate is quite sweet with bitter cherry, raspberry and strawberry. Moderate tannins with a fleshy finish. Not bad at all. Tasted September 2006." Neil Martin Wine Journal
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Price: £64.99
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Chianti, 1996

Melini – Borghi d'Elsa

While it is rather light in body, the 1996 Chianti Melini Borghi d'Elsa is big on flavor. A good mixture of dried fruits, floral notes and nuts. The finish is soft, but pleasing. Great food wine since is not overpowering, yet shows good flavours. It is forward and fruity while still exhibiting Chianti's characteristic rustic charm.

Chianti, situated in Tuscany in central Italy, is home to probably the best-known and most iconic of all Italian wines. This Chianti is a Sangiovese-based wine from the less prestigious vineyards of the area.
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Price: £29.95
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Chianti, 1996

Villa Cafaggio - Riserva

Tuscan wine (Italian Toscana) is Italian wine from the Tuscany region. Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
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