1996 Grand Puy-Lacoste - Hedonist's Gazette - April 2003: The 1996, however, is the finest example from this chteau since the 1982, even surpassing, in my mind, the magnificent 1990. It has an awesome, first growth quality nose that reveals noble scents of cassis, mineral, oil, salt, and smoky oak. Intensely rich, it dominates the palate with its deep blackcurrant, spice, lead, and blackberry flavors. I was surprised at how seemingly forward it was, yet could not help but notice how much dense fruit it kept in reserve. A wine of extraordinary purity, concentration, and depth, it displays enormous amounts of tannin in its extensive finish. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2035.