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1996 Vintage Report

Italian: 1996 was an outstanding vintage for Italian wines. This is an extremely good year just as the stunning 1997s. 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.

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Kopke Port, 1996

Colheita Port - Single Bottle 75cl

Still very dark blue in colour. Dark berry, mulberry, dark cherry and blueberry in the nose. Medium body. Still some soft tannins. Rather mature but will improve a lot. Easy to drink and like with an attractive and quite long finish.

Kopke Port is the oldest port house. Established in 1638 by Christiano Kopke and his son, Nicolau Kopke who came to Portugal as representatives of the Hanseatic League, the House of Kopke is the eldest Porto wine export firm. Through many generations, the Company was run by several representatives of the Kopke family, obtaining an excellent reputation for its wines.
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Price: £39.95
Stock: 12 in Stock

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1996 Fonseca Port, 1996

Guimaraens Vintage Port (CASE OF 6x75cl) Special Offer Was £179 now £149

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: £149.00
Stock: 74 in Stock

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1996 Fonseca Port, 1996

Guimaraens Single Quinta Vintage Port (Special Offer was £38.95 now £29.95

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: £29.95
Stock: 3 in Stock

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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: £29.95
Stock: 32 in Stock

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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
Stock: 1 in Stock

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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
Stock: 11 in Stock

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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
Stock: 13 in Stock

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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
Stock: 12 in Stock

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Chateau Carronne St Gemme, 1996

Haut Medoc

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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Price: £59.95
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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
Stock: 8 in Stock

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Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal, 1996

Pauillac 5th Growth Classification

Deep crimson in colour, with delicious cassis fruit on the palate, and a balanced vanilla finish. A very fine Pauillac, which given its geographical position alongside Latour and Pichon-Lalande, is surprisingly well-priced.
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Price: £48.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

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Chateau Roumagnac la Marechale, 1996

Fronsac, Bordeaux (Comes in as Gift box with accessories as shown

Form the very good 1996 vintage this wine from the Fronsac region of Bordeaux has a simple rustic charm. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot this wine has black fruits, plums and a little spice on the nose. On the palate this is a lighter style of wines with some earthy tannins. A medium finish. A charming wine that would go well with read meats or heavy pasta.
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Price: £32.95
Stock: 4 in Stock

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Chateau Sociando Mallet, 1996

Medoc

87 Points - Wine Journal.
Drink now - 2020

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: 5 in Stock

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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
Stock: 12 in Stock

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Chianti Classico, 1996

Castello di San Polo in Rosso

Chianti, situated in Tuscany in central Italy, is home to probably the best-known and most iconic of all Italian wines. The area’s most highly regarded wines come from the Chianti Classico zone which is the heartland of the Chianti wine region – its traditional and longest-established vinicultural area. This fame is due not just to the high quality of the wines, but also to the classico zone's iconic Tuscan landscape and wine making traditions. Chianti is characterised by its red and black cherry character, intermingled with notes of wild herbs, mint and spice, supported by a racy acidity and mellow tannins.
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Price: £59.95
Stock: 2 in Stock

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Dom Perignon, 1996

Rose

The 1996 Dom Perignon Rose has lost some of its freshness and also developed a more candied profile since I last tasted it about six months ago. Geoffroy describes 1996 as a challenging vintage, especially for the Pinot, which suffered somewhat from the heat and has sometimes shown blowsy characteristics. The 1996 remains a generous, layered version of this wine. The best bottles are drinking beautifully today and have the structure to continue to drink well for at least another decade. In general though, my preference has been to drink Dom Perignon Rose relatively early (within 15 years or so of the vintage) as my experiences with older wines has been decidedly mixed.
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Price: £325.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

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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

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"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: £29.95
Stock: 18 in Stock

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Gran Civet, 1996

Penedes Catalonia

This is a full bodied wine with dark fruit and a good finish.

Penedes is the most important viticultural area in Catalonia, northeastern Spain, in terms of both volumes produced and the diversity of wine styles.
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Price: £19.95
Stock: 1 in Stock

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Jucia & Navines, 1996

Penedes Catalonia

Penedes is the most important viticultural area in Catalonia, northeastern Spain, in terms of both volumes produced and the diversity of wine styles.
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Price: £22.95
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Marsala, 1996

Florino Superiore

Marsala is one of the world's great fortified wines, made exclusively in and around the town of that name, in the far west of Sicily, southern Italy.

Reviews:
Light amber colour, gentle notes of dried fruit on the nose, sweetness well balanced with a slight tingle of mild acidity and alcohol. Long, soft aftertaste.
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Price: £48.95
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Nebbiolo, 1996

Rivelti Gino

Nebbiolo is a fickle grape famed as much for its pale appearance as for its tannic character and produces some of the most perfumed and richly flavored wines. Though generally only medium-bodied, the wines possess rose and anise scented aromatics and deep flavors of cherry, orange peel and subtle green herb tones.
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Price: £39.95
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Niepoort Port

20 Year Old Tawny

*** 91 points Wine Spectator ***


20 year old tawny ports are blended from a range different wines averaging 20 years. This prolonged ageing in small wooden casks confers the characteristic Tawny colour and imparts a deliciously mellow flavour profile. Niepoort 20 Year Old Tawny is one of the finest examples of this style available, possessing a beautiful balance between sweet primary fruit and developed savoury nuttiness. Brick red-brown in appearance, it displays indulgent aromas of crystallized fruit, dried apricots, hazelnut and toffee. Sweet, intense and velvety smooth, it has exudes a compelling flavour medley that includes assorted nuts, fruit cake, coffee and vanilla.
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Price: £62.95
Stock: 12 in Stock

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Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port, 1996

Vintage Port

Quinta do Vesuvio never fails to impress and their 1996 Vintage Port showcases all the characteristic weight and depth of the Symingtons' best single property: The palate reveals excellent richness, layers of flavour, well-balanced tannin, and a persistent, satisfying finish. Intense and ample, it should drink well for the next years to 2025.
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Price: £58.00
Stock: 6 in Stock

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Reciotto, 1996

Boscaini - Cà Nicolis

"Recioto," as in "Recioto della Valpolicella," refers to a dessert wine made from grapes that were dried on mats after picking. This process turns the grapes closer to raisins, concentrating the flavors. The wines are lovely and taste how you'd expect raisins-turned-wine to taste, rich and sweet.
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Price: £59.00
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Ribera del Duero, 1996

Vina Sastre Pago de Santa Cruz

Red colour with ruby tones. Very young looking and followed up on the palate.
Very precise on the palate. Red fruits dominate and plenty of vigour. No overdone oak, hint of caramel perhaps from the barrels. Very Impressive.
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Price: £34.95
Stock: 3 in Stock

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