1996 Wine and Port Vintage

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.
 
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.

34 products found.

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
Stock: 22 in Stock

Bardolino, 1996

Monte del Fra - F.lli Bononio Sommacampagne

The Bardolino wine is obtained mainly from the grapes of Corvina Veronese, Rondinella and possibly with the addition of other grapes minors. It has a brilliant ruby red colour. It is delicately fruity, with hints of cherry, cherry, strawberry, raspberry, currant and spices (cinnamon, clove, black pepper). It has a great drinkability and an extraordinary ability to match the food.
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Price: £39.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Barros Port, 1996

Colheita Port

Vivid golden colour. Rich and elegant nose, combining the dried fruits aromas with the aromatic wood notes. Soft and silky in the taste, full with ripe figs and sweet flavours. A sensation of depth, in an elegant and distinctive style. Perfect and overwhelming finish.

Colheita, or single harvest ports, are aged in the barrel. Contrast this with vintage ports which are aged in the bottle and only have a short drinking window after opening. Colheita ports have had air working on them through the cask during all the years of aging, giving them a open-life of a month or longer. Lighter and more delicate than vintage ports,
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Price: £34.95
Stock: 26 in Stock

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
Stock: 9 in Stock

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
Stock: 3 in Stock

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
Stock: 2 in Stock

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
Stock: 2 in Stock

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
Stock: 10 in Stock

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: £99.95
Stock: 3 in Stock

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
Stock: 2 in Stock

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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Price: £39.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

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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Price: £32.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

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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Price: £59.95
Stock: 2 in Stock

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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Price: £59.95
Stock: 2 in Stock

Chateau Marquis de Terme, 1996

Margaux, 4th Growth Classification

A very tannic, structured wine with an opaque purple color and a sweet creme de cassis nose intermixed with damp earth, vanilla, and licorice, this relatively massive wine has mouth-searing levels of tannin, medium body, and a very backward style that will require considerable patience from its buyers.
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Price: £59.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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: 7 in Stock

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
Stock: 4 in Stock

Chateau Talbot, 1996

St Julien, 4me Cru Classe

A sumptuous, complex, Provencal-like bouquet of roasted herbs, cherries, licorice, and underbrush emerges from this dark plum/ruby-colored 1996. Tart acidity provides freshness.

Owned by the Cordier family since 1917, the wines of Château Talbot have always enjoyed particular acclaim in the UK. An impressive 107 hectares are under vine here, with around 86% being devoted to Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines are strong, sturdy and built to last, with a certain ‘gout de terroir’. As well as the Grand Vin, small amounts of a second wine Connetable de Talbot and a white wine, Caillou Blanc may be found.
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Price: £97.00
Stock: 12 in Stock

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
Stock: 2 in Stock

Chianti Classico, 1996

Castello di Fonterutoli - Mazzei Riserva

This is an 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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Price: £49.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Chianti Rufina, 1996

Montesodi - Frescobaldi

This chianti rufina exhibits a bright ruby colour which deepens to garnet with time, a fruity nose with black cherry and violets, with a more pronounced character of finesse when the wine undergoes ageing. The palate is balanced, fruity, slightly tannic which is refined over time to a soft and velvet taste.

Like Chianti Classico, which was part of the same set until it was awarded its own DOCG in 1996, Chianti Rufina is held in great esteem. It may lack the power and body that a Classico offers, yet this fragrant red is highly regarded for its exceptional character: it is fruity, elegant, well structured and worthy of ageing.
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Price: £49.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

D'Oliveiras Madeira, 1996

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***Gold Medal-Concours Mondial Bruxelles***
*** 17/20 Jancis Robinson ***

"Ochre/walnut-skin colour. Complex mix of sweetness and bitter mocha. Very sweet and still so fresh. Like liquidised raisins and orange peel in dark caramel." Jancis Robinson

Madeira is made on the volcanic island of the same name situated in the Atlantic ocean some 400 miles off the North Africa coast. The sub-tropical island was discovered in 1419 by Portuguese word for wood or timber. In 1807, John Blandy was posted to the island as part of the British Army garrison sent to Madeira to thwart any invasion attempt by Napoleons forces.
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Price: £49.95
Stock: 8 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 1996

Guimaraens Vintage Port (CASE OF 6x75cl)

Price is for 6x75cl.

In years when Fonseca does not ‘declare' a classic vintage, it selects the finest grapes from its own vineyards to yield a small quantity of this wine, which is produced exactly as a declared Fonseca Vintage. Beautifully structured and perfectly balanced this is an earlier maturing style than the classic vintage port.

Review:
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.

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Price: £245.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 1996

Guimaraens Single Quinta Vintage Port

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.

This big and vibrant port shows excellent notes of dark and ripe, cherry, plum and damson fruit notes. It is the second wine of the renowned Fonseca House and the wine is from an undeclared but very good vintage, 1996, hence the more moderate price tag

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.
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Price: £38.95
Stock: 10 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 1996

Guimaraens Single Quinta Vintage Port (2x75cl)- In 2-bottle Fonseca oak case as illustrated

The 1996 Fonseca is one of our Christmas bestsellers so we couldn't resist creating a gift that will hold two bottles, one to drink and one to keep!

SCORES & TASTING NOTES


*** Wine Advocate Magazine, March 2013 – 92 Points ***
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.

"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.
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Price: £86.95
Stock: 1 in Stock