Wine and Port

1996 Wine and Port

1996 Wine Vintage Report

1996 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.

1996 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 23 year old wine gifts for a birthday or anniversary.

1996 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.

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1996 Chateau Batailley

The 1996 Chateau Batailley has turned out well.
"Dark crimson. Attractive, focused but still youthful cassis nose. Tannins pretty well melded. A very attractive, gentle, classic claret.
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1996 Chateau Certan-de-may

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.
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1996 Chateau Duhart Milon Rothschild

*** 92 Points Wine Advocate ****

"The 1996 Duhart-Milon-Rothschild is aging in wonderful fashion, to wit, a straight down the fairway Pauilliac.
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1996 Chateau Fonreaud

This Jeroboam of Chateau Fonreaud would make the centrepiece of any celebration.

Long famous for the quality of its wines, Chateau Fonreaud is a prestigious Cru Bourgeois Superieur located in the commune of Listrac-Medoc.
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1996 Chateau Grand Pontet

90-91 points outstanding - Robert Parker

"This up and coming St.-Emilion is somewhat under-rated given the consistently high quality of recent vintages.
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1996 Chateau Labegorce-Zede

The 1996 Château Labégorce-Zédé displays a clear medium intensity ruby red colour slowly turning into garnet. It reveals a maturing nose of tobacco, dark fruit and an herbal note.
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1996 Chateau Lynch-Bages

*** 93/100 - Robert Parker ***
The 1996 exhibits a dark plum/ruby/purple color that is just beginning to lighten at the edge, surprisingly velvety ta
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1996 Chateau Marbuzet

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.
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1996 Chateau Mouton Rothschild

94 Points - Parker
95 Points - Wine Journal

"This estate's staff believes that the 1996 Mouton-Rothschild is very complex. I agree that
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