1996
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. A 1996 Vintage Port would make for an excellent 25 year old gift for a special anniversary this year.

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 25 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 Beausite

The 1996 Beau-site has notes of wood, leather, cedar, lead, blackcurrant. Grippy tannins and good acidity. Fully mature - drink now.

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1996 Chateau d'Armailhac

From the very good 1996 vintage, the Chateau d'Armailhac has a ripe, fleshy nose of cooked meats, red-berried fruit, leather and roasted herbs. The wine is medium-bodied, and a mature gamey palate.
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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 La Croix de Gay

The 1996 La Croix de Gay is deep, concentrated, and full-bodied, with excellent tannin and extract levels. A lovely soft Bordeaux.
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1996 Chateau Leoville Poyferre

*** 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.
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1996 Chateau Marquis de Terme

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 re
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1996 Chateau Phelan Segur

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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1996 Chateau Potensac

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.
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