Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1996

Review of the Estate

Château Lafite Rothschild is one of the most renowned wine properties in the Médoc. Owned by Baron Eric de Rothschild and Lafite Rothschild is also one of the largest Médoc estates. The vineyards of Ch. Lafite are found at the northern tip of the Pauillac appellation, just below the boundary with St. Estephe.

There is evidence of an estate on this site as far back as the 14th century, and of exports of wine to the UK in the early 17th century. The current owners, the Rothschilds of the famous banking dynasty, bought the property in 1866, but this is a different side of the family from that which purchased Chateau Mouton Rothschild.



Surface area: 247 acres

Grape Varieties: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot

Average age of vines: 45 years

Density of plantation: 7,500 vines per hectare

Average yields: 48 hectolitres per hectare

Average cases produced: 17,500 per year

Plateau of maturity: 10-50 years

Chateau Lafite Rothschild



Chateau Lafite Rothschild Bottles


Chateau Lafite Rothschild Label

Robert Parker Lafite Rothschild 1996 Review

Score: 100 Points

Tasted three times since bottling, the 1996 Lafite is unquestionably this renowned estate’s greatest wine since the 1986 and the 1982. As I indicated last year, only 38% of the crop was deemed grand enough to be put into the final blend, which is atypically high in Cabernet Sauvignon (83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot). This massive wine may be the biggest, largest-scaled Lafite I have ever tasted. It will require many years to come around, so I suspect a lot of us past the age of fifty might want to give serious consideration as to whether we should be laying away multiple cases of this wine. It is also the first Lafite to be put into a new engraved bottle (designed to prevent fraudulent imitations). The wine exhibits a thick-looking, ruby/purple colour, and a knock-out nose of lead pencil, minerals, flowers, and black currant scents. Extremely powerful and full-bodied, with remarkable complexity and for such a young wine, this huge Lafite is oozing with extract and richness, yet has managed to preserve its quintessentially elegant personality. This wine is even richer than it was prior to bottling. It should unquestionably last for 40-50 years. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2050. The wine of the vintage?

Score: 100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (122), April 1999


Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1996 Recent Price History

Prices below are sourced from 

WineVintageJuly 2008 
Value Per Case
May 2013 
Value Per Case
Value Increase Percentage 
Lafite Rothschild 1996 £8,124 £12,216 £4,092 50.37%

Chateau Lafite Rothschild Wine List

Lafite Rothschild 1990 Lafite Rothschild 1991 Lafite Rothschild 1992
Lafite Rothschild 1993 Lafite Rothschild 1994 Lafite Rothschild 1995
Lafite Rothschild 1996 Lafite Rothschild 1997 Lafite Rothschild 1998
Lafite Rothschild 1999 Lafite Rothschild 2000 Lafite Rothschild 2001
Lafite Rothschild 2002 Lafite Rothschild 2003 Lafite Rothschild 2004
Lafite Rothschild 2005 Lafite Rothschild 2006 Lafite Rothschild 2007
Lafite Rothschild 2008 Lafite Rothschild 2009 Lafite Rothschild 2010
Lafite Rothschild 2011    


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