1996 Hubert Lignier Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This wine is dark ruby-colored and offers a nose of extraordinary purity, depth and richness. Scents of gravel, earth, violets, perfume, jammy blueberries, cassis liqueur, black cherries, and hints of road tar are followed by a velvety-textured, full-bodied, and magnificently concentrated wine. Candied cherries, stones, rosemary, spicy oak, Asian spices, and hints of chocolate can be found in this blockbuster's powerful yet graceful flavor profile and substantial finish. Armed with virtually perfect balance and harmony, an amazing depth of fruit, and copious quantities of seamless, satin-textured tannins, this marvel should prove to be one of the vintage's most ageworthy wines. Projected maturity: 2005-2018. (PR)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Ruby-red. Profound aromas of raspberry syrup, jammy black cherry, roasted coffee and game. A silky wine with great extract and sweetness. Explosive fruit is completely primary and pristine yet offers considerable early accessibility. Ultimately denser than the '97. This is showing fabulously well today-it's far more tasteable than the extraordinary '93 was at the same stage-but I'd lay it down for at least seven or eight years. (ST)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
A slightly macerated nose of notably ripe red berry fruits that are still entirely primary is trimmed in moderately prominent new wood that leads to solidly concentrated medium weight plus flavors that offer excellent length and plenty of finishing complexity. While not a particularly structured '96, neither has it reached its peak and for my taste, I would not begin seriously looking at this for at least another 2 to 4 years, perhaps even longer. Multiple, and consistent, notes.