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1996 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac Top Pick!
1996 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted three times since bottling, the 1996 Lafite-Rothschild is unquestionably this renowned estate's greatest wine... 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 all 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-Rothschild to be put into a new engraved bottle (designed to prevent fraudulent imitations). The wine exhibits a thick-looking, ruby/pu ...Read More » 


Inventory: San Francisco


1996 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac
Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1996 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (97VN, 96RP, 95ST, 92WS). Vinous: "What a treat it is to taste these two Pichon Lalandes straight from the chateau’s cellar. The 1996 Pichon Lalande is stratospheric from the very first taste. The deep, layered bouquet alone is deeply transfixing. Smoke, mocha, dark spices, lavender, crème de cassis, a host of dark-fleshed fruits and a touch of warm, resonant sweetness from the French oak draw me in. All of those sensations follow through to the palate, where the wine is massive, intense and totally enveloping. Time has softened the tannins to the point the 1996 is ready to drink, but there is enough sheer concentration here to support another 20-30 years of exceptional drinking. I am not sure I possess the vocabulary to describe just how captivating the 1996 is, but I do know this: If I had an opportunity to pick up a few well-stored bottles I would take it in a nanosecond. Readers holding the 1996 should be thrilled. The 1996 

This lot contains the following items:
1996 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (qty: 2)


End Date: Aug 3 2016 1:00PM PT


1996 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac

97 points Vinous: "What a treat it is to taste these two Pichon Lalandes straight from the chateau’s cellar. The 1996 Pichon Lalande is stratospheric from the very first taste. The deep, layered bouquet alone is deeply transfixing. Smoke, mocha, dark spices, lavender, crème de cassis, a host of dark-fleshed fruits and a touch of warm, resonant sweetness from the French oak draw me in. All of those sensations follow through to the palate, where the wine is massive, intense and totally enveloping. Time has softened the tannins to the point the 1996 is ready to drink, but the ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco


1996 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe
Bid on this bottle of 1996 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe (98DC, 94ST, 93RP). Decanter: "This has to be one of the wines of the vintage. More deft and cedary than the bigger boned 1986 vintage (also tasted), this is light delicate and elegant. Again, ink and spice on the nose, with stunning cedar and blackcurrant fruit with a touch of undergrowth, graphite and cigar box. Beautifully fresh with sublime melting tannins. (JS)" (11/2015) 

This lot contains the following items:
1996 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe (qty: 1)


End Date: Aug 2 2016 11:00AM PT

Current Bid: $105.00
Place Bid
DC 98 ST 94 RP 93

1996 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 exhibits a dark plum/ruby/purple color that is just beginning to lighten at the edge, surprisingly velvety tannins and a classic Pauillac bouquet of lead pencil shavings, cedarwood, black currants, sweet cherries and spice box. This medium to full-bodied, elegant, savory, broad wine is still five years away from full maturity. It should continue to drink well for another 10-15 years. (RP)" (8/2011) 92 points Wine Spectator: "This is much more open than the 1995. Offers aromas and flavors of currant, mint and spices. Full-bodied, soft and velvety, with a fruit finish. Starti ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco


1996 & 2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac Tasting Lot
Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1996 & 2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac Tasting Lot, including 1-bottle of 1996 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac (93RP, 92WS) and 1-bottle of 2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac (94RP, 92ST, 92WS). Of the 2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac,Robert Parker's Wine Advocate writes: "The 2000 Grand Puy Lacoste is even better than such recent vintages as 2005 and 2009. A broad, classic, large-scaled effort, it boasts a deep blue/purple color as well as tell-tale notes of creme de cassis, subtle smoke, flowers, and unsmoked tobacco. Powerful, full-bodied flavors have shed a lot of tannin, but they remain relatively youthful. This is a young adolescent, broadly flavored Pauillac with an enticing texture as well as abundant richness and fruit. It can be enjoyed now, but promises to hit its peak in five years, and last for two decades." (06/2010) 

This lot contains the following items:
1996 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac (qty: 1)
2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac (qty: 1)


End Date: Aug 2 2016 2:30PM PT

Current Bid: $170.00
Place Bid
RP 93 - 94 ST 92 WS 92

1996 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full red-ruby. Explosive aromas of boysenberry juice, espresso and smoky oak. Thick and lush, with terrific volume in the mouth; harmonious acidity gives the flavors clarity and brightness. Very long, sweet finish." (6/1999) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Intense aromas of blackberry, chocolate and currant follow through to a full-bodied palate, with soft tannins and a long decadent aftertaste. Ready to enjoy.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now. 8,750 cases made. (Web-2007)" K&L Notes: Rauzan-Ségla rivals Palmer as the second-best property in Margaux. The Château has improved dramatically d... Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse San Francisco

Price: $129.99 Add To Cart
ST 91 WS 90

1996 Haut-Bages Libéral, Pauillac

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This very good 1996 reveals an element of jammy black currant fruit intermixed with dried roasted herbs, sweet earthy smells, and new oak. It offers excellent definition, moderate tannin, medium to full body, and a long finish. As the wine sits in the glass, elements of the Cabernet Sauvignon’s sur-maturite become noticeable. It is a potential sleeper of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2017. Last tasted, 3/02. (RP)" (12/2002) Wine Spectator: "A rather discreet style, with understated currant and berry aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, with firm tannins and a sil ...Read More » 


Inventory: San Francisco

Price: $79.99 Add To Cart

1996 La Croix de Beaucaillou, St-Julien

The second wine of Château Ducru-Beaucailllou, the grapes come from the château's vineyard. Like its first growth counterpart, undergoes careful selection in the vineyard. Designed to drink younger than Ducru-Beaucaillou, it is still a St-Julien, with the region's characteristic finesse and ability to age. 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $64.99 Add To Cart

1996 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pichon Longueville Baron's 1996 has turned out to be even better than I thought from cask. The high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend (about 80%) resulted in a wine that has put on weight in the bottle. An opaque purple color is accompanied by beautiful aromas of tobacco, new saddle leather, roasted coffee, and cassis. It is dense, medium to full-bodied, and backward, with moderately high tannin, but plenty of sweet fruit, glycerin, and extract to balance out the wine's structure. This well-endowed, classic Pauillac should be at its finest be ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse


1996 Cos Labory, St-Estephe

Chocolate on nose and palate. Black fruit flavors and very deep wine. Their best since '90. Nice write-up from the Wine Spectator... 'A caressing, well-made wine, with impressive inky color and a berry, licorice and citrus character. Medium-bodied and very silky, with a long, long finish.' Parker liked it too... 'This wine offers an opaque purple color, a sweet, pure nose of black raspberries, cassis, blueberries and minerals, good density and richness, high extract, and medium body.' 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

1996 Phélan-Ségur, St-Estèphe

Jancis Robinson: "Dark middle with an evolved rim. Firm, aromatic cassis. Thick and dense and confident with real savour. Tannins in retreat. Very clean." (9/2007) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A gutsy, classic St-Estephe with a saturated purple color, plenty of sweet cassis fruit with high quality new oak in the background, good body, and good sweetness and a chewy texture, and the vintage's high tannin well-displayed. This well-endowed wine requires 5-6 years of cellaring. (RP)" (4/1999) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red. Rather exotic plum and berry aromas accented by sweet oak. Pliant and sweet, with moderate intensity of f ...Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City

Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

1996 du Tertre, Margaux

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A sleeper, Du Tertre's 1996 exhibits a black ruby/purple color, a sweet black fruit-scented nose, medium to full body, well-integrated tannin, and fine purity and depth. This wine should age nicely, yet have a degree of accessibility young. (RP)" (2/1998) Jancis Robinson: "Owned by the Gasquetons until 1997. Looks quite evolved. Mid ruby with strong rusty notes at the rim. Very light nose. Lots of gentle evolution. Not in the first flush of youth but this has charm. Needs drinking before the fruit fades though." (9/2011) K&L Notes: Jeannie Cho Lee regards this Margaux as having a "beaut... Read More » 


Inventory: San Francisco

Price: $59.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

1996 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated ruby-red. Pure, highly perfumed aromas of black cherry, currant, plum, minerals, tobacco, leather and fresh herbs. Very ripe, suave and spicy; at once subtle and gripping. Lovely Cabernet character dominating today. Very firm, long finish is youthful but not hard-edged. Showing extremely well." (8/2002) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Dark ruby-colored, with a complex nose of dried herbs, Asian spices, and black cherry jam intermixed with cassis, it possesses outstanding purity, and considerable tannin in the finish. This classic, medium to full-bodied, traditionally made wine ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco


1995-1996 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac Vertical
Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1995-1996 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac Vertical, including 1-bottle of 1995 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (94WS, 92RP, 90ST) and 1-bottle of 1996 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (92RP, 91ST, 91WS). Of the 1995 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac,Wine Spectator writes: "Fabulous nose of crushed currants, blackberries and forest flowers. Full-bodied, with plenty of ripe fruit and silky tannins. This is really holding back. (Web-2007)" 

This lot contains the following items:
1995 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (qty: 1)
1996 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (qty: 1)


End Date: Aug 3 2016 1:00PM PT


1996 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I was shocked by how backward the 1996 Pontet-Canet was on the three occasions I tasted it in January. This wine possesses superb potential, but it appears a decade's worth of patience will be necessary. The color is a saturated dark purple. With coaxing, the wine offers aromas of black currant jam intertwined with minerals, sweet oak, and spice. A full-bodied wine, it possesses layered, concentrated sweet fruit, with an elevated level of ripe tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2035. (RP)" (4/1999) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Blackcurrant, plum, tobacco and black ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood


1996 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien
Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 1996 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien (96RP, 94ST, 91WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 is long, with a deep mid-palate. It also reveals tannin in the finish. This wine is remarkable. It is muscular, concentrated, and classic. Bottled in late June, 1998, it exhibits a saturated ruby/purple color, as well as a knock-out nose of minerals, licorice, cassis, and an unmistakable lead pencil smell that I often associate with top vintages of Lafite-Rothschild. It is sweet and full-bodied, yet unbelievably rich with no sense of heaviness or flabbiness. The wine possesses high tannin, but it is extremely ripe, and the sweetness of the black currant, spice-tinged Cabernet Sauvignon fruit is pronounced. This profound, backward Ducru-Beaucaillou is a must purchase. (RP)" (04/1999) 

This lot contains the following items:
1996 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien (qty: 3)


End Date: Jul 28 2016 7:30PM PT

Current Bid: $515.00
Place Bid
RP 96 ST 94 WS 91

1996 Lagrange, St-Julien

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright medium ruby. Highly complex aromas of blackberry, violet pastille, eucalyptus, leather and game. Wonderfully sweet but with terrific grip, even a touch of youthful austerity. Very classy, subtle wine with terrific inner-mouth energy. Builds very slowly on the back half, finishing with noble, fine-grained tannins and terrific grip. This makes the 1995 seem almost cooked by comparison. Still needs at least five or six years of cellaring. 'We always had unusual tastes in this wine, like eucalyptus and menthol, due to the cool September nights,' noted ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse


1996 Lagrange, St-Julien
Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1996 Lagrange, St-Julien (93ST, 91WS, 90RP). Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright medium ruby. Highly complex aromas of blackberry, violet pastille, eucalyptus, leather and game. Wonderfully sweet but with terrific grip, even a touch of youthful austerity. Very classy, subtle wine with terrific inner-mouth energy. Builds very slowly on the back half, finishing with noble, fine-grained tannins and terrific grip. This makes the 1995 seem almost cooked by comparison. Still needs at least five or six years of cellaring. 'We always had unusual tastes in this wine, like eucalyptus and menthol, due to the cool September nights,' noted Ducasse. 93(+?) points." (09/2004) 

This lot contains the following items:
1996 Lagrange, St-Julien (qty: 2)


End Date: Aug 2 2016 3:00PM PT

Current Bid: $130.00
Place Bid
ST 93 WS 91 RP 90

1996 Clerc Milon, Pauillac

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is among the finest wines I have ever tasted from this estate. Lavishly oaked, with gobs of pain grille and rich fruit, it is massive and concentrated. The color is dense ruby/purple. The bouquet offers notes of roasted coffee, tobacco, and jammy cassis. Although surprisingly soft and opulent on the attack, the mid-section and finish reveal the wine's full body, high flavor extraction, and moderate tannin. This complete, large-scaled Clerc-Milon will be at its finest between 2005-2018. (RP)" (4/1999) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Pungent spices, black fruits, minerals, ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $109.99 Add To Cart
RP 90 ST 90

1996 Carruades de Lafite, Pauillac
Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1996 Carruades de Lafite, Pauillac. Wine Spectator: "Aromas of currant and cigar box. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a medium finish. (JS, Web-2007)" 

This lot contains the following items:
1996 Carruades de Lafite, Pauillac (qty: 2)


End Date: Jul 31 2016 11:00AM PT

Current Bid: $206.99
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1996 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan

90 points Wine Spectator: "Shows wonderful berry, tobacco and vanilla character, is full- to medium-bodied, with velvety tannins and a mineral, spice aftertaste. Next to Haut-Brion, this is the wine from Pessac. (JS)" (1/1999) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deeper red-ruby. Quite withdrawn on the nose today; hints at roasted plum and Cuban cigar tobacco. Intensely flavored but firm and tight; sound acids and a solid tannic spine make this difficult to taste today. Finishes with a minty nuance. "In a period of somnolence," says Veronique Sanders. (ST)" (6/1999) K&L Notes: This big wine will reward the patient collector. Since ... Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City

Price: $139.99 Add To Cart
WS 90

1996 Haut-Batailley, Pauillac

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The wine exhibits a dense purple color, as well as a wonderfully sweet, classic Pauillac nose of black currants and cigar box notes. Powerful for Haut-Batailley (normally a light, elegant, supple Pauillac), the 1996 possesses intense fruit, medium to full body, ripe tannin, and a surprisingly long, layered finish. This appears to be a classic, and may merit an outstanding score. (RP)" (2/1998) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Floral, spicy aromas of black cherry, licorice and shoe polish. Thick and dense, with lovely sweetness and inner-mouth flavor. Boasts more volume than ...Read More » 


Inventory: San Francisco


1996 Angélus, St-Emilion
Bid on this bottle of 1996 Angélus, St-Emilion ((90-92ST), 92WS, 91RP). Wine Spectator: "Complex and intense aromas of forest floor, wild berries and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with ultrasilky tannins and a long, long finish. Racy and classy. Wonderful now but has a long life ahead of it. Better than I remember. (Web-2007) (JS)" 

This lot contains the following items:
1996 Angélus, St-Emilion (qty: 1)


End Date: Aug 1 2016 11:30AM PT

Current Bid: $150.00
Place Bid
ST 90 - 92 WS 92 RP 91

1996 Grand Pontet, St-Emilion

According to Robert Parker: "This up and coming St.-Emilion is somewhat under-rated given the consistently high quality of recent vintages. The 1996 is a flamboyant, dark ruby/purple-colored wine with a soaring bouquet of plum liqueur, toasty new oak, black cherries, smoke, and dried herbs. In the mouth, evidence of sur-maturite jamminess and richness emerge from this medium-bodied, rich, spicy, impressively-endowed wine. There is tannin in the medium to full-bodied finish. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2014." (04/99) According to the Wine Spectator: "Can'... Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

1996 Monbousquet, St-Emilion

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I extend my congratulations and accolades to the relatively young new proprietor of Monbousquet, Gerard Perse...he has reduced yields to under 30 hectoliters per hectare, and is doing everything to ensure a natural expression of his vineyards' terroirs...The 1996 Monbousquet is an outstanding effort. The wine is slightly tannic, but it exhibits an exotic nose of kirsch liqueur, cassis, roasted herbs, espresso, and mocha. It possesses excellent texture, impressive depth and richness, and sweet toasty oak. The saturated dark ruby/purple color suggests a de ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $59.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

1996 Kirwan, Margaux

90 points Wine Spectator: "Pretty plum and blackberry character. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a fresh finish. Just starting to come right now. (Web Only—2007)" Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Readers should note that this property has significantly improved the quality of its wines, and now deserves a serious look in nearly every vintage. The 1996 Kirwan is a highly-extracted, rich, medium-bodied wine with a deep ruby/purple color, and ripe cassis fruit intermixed with a touch of new oak, prunes, and spice. The wine has come together nicely since I first tasted it from cask. It appears to be an excellent, n ...Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City

Price: $99.99 Add To Cart
WS 90

1996 Tertre Roteboeuf, St-Emilion
Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1996 Tertre Roteboeuf, St-Emilion ((89-91ST), 90RP). Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Very good red-ruby color. Very ripe, slightly jammy aromas of raspberry, chocolate and smoked duck. Sweet and velvety, but sound acids give the fruit an unusually penetrating quality. Quite long and oaky on the finish; chewy tannins coat the palate. (ST)" (05/1998) 

This lot contains the following items:
1996 Tertre Roteboeuf, St-Emilion (qty: 2)


End Date: Aug 3 2016 1:30PM PT

Current Bid: $170.00
Place Bid
ST 89 - 91 RP 90

1996 Siran, Margaux

Wine Spectator: "Wonderful aromas of blackberry, licorice and spice follow through to a full-bodied palate, with velvety tannins and a medium finish. Ready, but has some years ahead of it. (Web-2007, JL)"  


Inventory: San Francisco

Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

1996 Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac (bin-soiled labels)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Amazing aromas of crushed berries and fresh flowers. Full-bodied, with wonderfully velvety tannins and a long, long finish. This wine has wonderful texture and length. What a second wine! (Web Only—2007)" 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Vibrant cassis and licorice aromas. Firmer and fresher than the '97, with plenty of flesh and backbone. Dense, sweet and deep. Finishes long and subtle. A very strong vintage for this wine. (ST)" (5/1999) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at an off-line lunch at The Ledbury. A completely different bottle to the one in September 2006. A very deep black/purple colour. At ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse


1996 Reserve du General, Margaux

Wine Spectator: "Delicate berry and floral character shows clearly on the nose and palate, making this young, medium-bodied wine fresh and vibrant. Light to medium tannins." (1/1999)  


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $89.99 Add To Cart

1996 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (3L)
Bid on this 3L-bottle of 1996 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (3L) (92RP, 91ST, 91WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I was shocked by how backward the 1996 Pontet-Canet was on the three occasions I tasted it in January. This wine possesses superb potential, but it appears a decade's worth of patience will be necessary. The color is a saturated dark purple. With coaxing, the wine offers aromas of black currant jam intertwined with minerals, sweet oak, and spice. A full-bodied wine, it possesses layered, concentrated, sweet fruit, with an elevated level of ripe tannin. (RP)" (04/1999) 

This lot contains the following items:
1996 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (3L) (qty: 1)


End Date: Aug 1 2016 3:30PM PT

Current Bid: $320.00
Place Bid
RP 92 ST 91 WS 91