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. A 1996 Vintage Port would make for an excellent 25 year old gift for a special anniversary this year.
Italian: 1996 was an outstanding vintage for Italian wines. 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, offering a superlative drinking experience if kept well. 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 - making them brilliant 25 year old wine gifts for a birthday or anniversary.
Bordeaux: The 1996 vintage produced exceptional wines that broke all price records (until the 2000 vintage). The top wines reached full maturity a decade ago, but will keep for many more years.
Spain: A very good vintage for Spain, though less fine than the preceding two. The 1996 was particularly successful in Ribera del Duero, where ripe, relatively friendly wines were made.
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Ryst-Dupeyon Armagnac, 1996
Ryst Dupeyron Reserve Joseph Millesime vintage Armagnac
The 1996 Dupeyron Armagnac is the expression of a single year and has a unique character associated with the year and the cask in which it has been stored. These vintages are bottled at the alcohol level in which they naturally come out of the cask. There is a wonderful contrast between the sweet and sour flavours of wood, amplified by the strong alcoholic degree. Rich palate feeling the alcohol and the concentration of dry plums, spicy with persistent flavour of rancio and of spices, but round, soft and long in the finish. The tannins are very present, but full-bodied and round.
The Maison Ryst-Dupeyon was founded by Joseph Dupeyron in 1905. …
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1996 Barros Port
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Excellent provenance - library release from Barros.
The 1996 Vintage Port from Barros has a wonderful intensity of colour and is full of floral aromas and rich, sweet fruits. The opulent palate explodes with black and red fruit, complexity and structure wrapped in a deep elegance through to an endless finish.
Drink now- 2030+
These bottles have been stored in the Barros cellars until release to us in 2020. The bottles are in perfect condition.
Stock: 238 in Stock
1996 Taylor's Port, 1996
Quinta de Vargellas Vintage Port -HALF BOTTLE 37.5 cl
Very typical Taylor's style on the nose, rather reserved, spicy and stylish fruit. Gentle, and a lovely silkiness to at the start. Fine fruit, very stylish composition. Appropriate grip and texture. Lots of tannin evident on a second taste. This is rather good. From a Port Styles tasting. 16.5-17+/20 (Wine Doctor 2007).
Stock: 95 in Stock
Chateau Duhart Milon Rothschild, 1996
Pauillac 4th Growth Classification
*** 92 Points Wine Advocate ****
"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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Chateau Leoville Poyferre, 1996
St Julien 2me Cru Classe
*** 93 Points - Robert Parker ***
"This fabulous 1996 was tasted three times from bottle, and it is unquestionably the finest wine produced by this estate since their blockbuster 1990. Medium to full-bodied, with a saturated black/purple color, the nose offers notes of cedar, jammy black fruits, smoke, truffles, and subtle new oak. In the mouth, there is impressive fruit extraction, a tannic, full-bodied structure, and a classic display of power and finesse. The longer it sat in the glass, the more impressive the wine became. Backward, and massive in terms of its extract and richness, this should prove to be a sensational Leoville-Poyferre for drinking over the next three decades. …
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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.
Stock: 10 in Stock
Chateau Nairac, 1996
Barsac 2eme Cru Classe
The 1996 Nairac Barsac is a sweet wine with a powerful, oaky, ripe fruity bouquet and strong vanillin, spicy, oaky notes. On the palate, the wine is full bodied, long, lush, and quite concentrated, and has a high level of botrytis.
Stock: 1 in Stock
Chateau Phelan Segur, 1996
St Estephe, Cru Grand Bourgeois Exceptional
This well-made Cru Bourgeois exhibits a dark ruby color, and a round, attractive nose of black currants, raspberries, and earth. Medium-bodied, with sweet tannin and good purity.
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Chateau Potensac, 1996
The Chateau Potensac 1996 has plenty of cassis, leaf and cedar to begin with. The wine is fresh and gains in the glass. The fruits have a ripe, creamy edge from the vintage but the wine remains savoury and true. It has ample structure beneath the flesh and is still drinking nicely. A beautiful mature older Medoc.
Stock: 12 in Stock
Chateau Yquem, 1996
Sauternes 1er Cru Classe
Reviews for Chateau Yquem 1996
Compared with the flamboyant aromatics of the 1997, Yquem's 1996 plays it closer to the vest, although there is a lot going on. Light gold with a tight but promising nose of roasted hazelnuts intermixed with creme brulee, vanilla beans, honey, orange marmalade, and peaches, this medium to full-bodied offering reveals loads of power in its restrained, measured personality. There is admirable acidity, weight, texture, and purity in this impeccably made Yquem. However, patience will be a virtue. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2060.
Score: 95+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003
This performed brilliantly at the Roberson's vertical, even outclassing the lauded 1997! A moderate golden hue. …
Stock: 7 in Stock
Quinta de la Rosa, 1996
La Rosa's classic house style achieved by slow maceration in traditional granite 'Lagares' has produced a wine full of luscious forward fruit with a very attractive nose and a long velvety slightly drier finish across the palate
La Rosa is a vertically integrated Quinta rising to 450 metres above sea level, boasting many hidden micro climates within its cirtilage. Where possible we vintage and mature these small 'lotes' separately in order to achieve the maximum complexity in the finished ports, which would not have been possible from a less diversely planted property.
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Quinta do Noval Nacional, 1996
This wine is a mysterious phenomenon, a magical wine produced in extremely limited quantities and only in a few years each decade. It is the expression of a terroir and confirms something that is for me a deeply held belief. The Nacional is great because of the grapes and where they come from, not because of anything particular that we do. It has a unique personality, an extraordinary intensity and, even after many years of ageing, retains an astonishing youthfulness.
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Reserva Campo Dorado
This 1996 red wine was made in the Rioja region of Spain using selected Tempranillo grapes from Rioja Alta. It was aged for two years in oak casks and one more year in the bottle. It has aged gracefully into a classic old Reserva Rioja, with a garnet and mahogany colour, mellow aromas of coffee, leather and saddle leather, and a long, elegant finish.
Pair this lovely Rioja with all kinds of meats and roasts, game, casseroles and cheeses.
Stock: 1 in Stock
Savigny Les Beaune, 1996
Clos des Guettes Domaine Gagey, Louis Jadot
Domaine bottled under the Domaine Gagey name, this wine is from the holdings of Andre Gagey, Managing director of Louis Jadot. Like all of the Jadot domaine bottled wines, it is dense and focused. It expresses very pretty blackberry fruit notes, and lots of ripe, fine tannins. Good deep red. Cherry, liquorice and leather on the nose. Juicy, leanish and penetrating, with firm fruit flavours given clarity by brisk acids. Rather elegantly styled Savigny.
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Dolcetto d'Alba, 1996
A native black grape variety of Northern Italy grown almost exclusively in the provinces of Cuneo and Alessandria in Piedmont. It is relatively easy to cultivate, although it is susceptible to fungal diseases. It ripens before Barbera and Nebbiolo and is often grown in high north-facing sites which would be unsuitable for Nebbiolo. The finest Dolcetto wines come from grapes grown on soils rich with white marls, especially those found on the right bank of the River Tauro. The wines generally are low in tannins and acidity and are usually fruity and fragrant, often with hints of almonds.
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