1996 Château Lestage-Simon

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Haut-Médoc
Drink between 2009 - 2017 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 44

  • skip2mylu Likes this wine: 88 points

    January 2, 2021 - Day-1 = 85pts
    Day-2 = 88pts
    Comparison Ch. Lamothe 2017 vs. Ch. Lestage Simon 1996:
    I did a comparison of a 1996 and 2017 Haut-Medoc, similarly-styled wines. The 1996 was somewhat undrinkable on day-1 so I waited until day-2 to make the comparison. Wow! What a difference a day makes!
    I was amazed at the similarities in the base nose and palate of the two wines, even though they are years apart in age. The terrior was unmistakeable and the 1996 finally opened up well on day-2. I would venture to say that I would prefer drinking the 1996 over the 2017 for the time being. Add a little food to the mix and Iwiuld definitely choose the older version.
    - Chateau Lestage Simon
    Very slight opaqueness but mostly crystal clear. 99% clear - surprising for a 25yr-old. Medium tawny, colorless thick clear, drippy legs.
    On the palate it is dry, high acid, low tannins, full body, flat coca-cola, slight cocoa, tart cherry juice, smooth on the throat, slight minerality like chalk, slight mint.
    Finish = 26 seconds - tart cherry to cola to bottle cap candy to mini-wheat cereal and quickly to nothing.
    The Ch. Lestage 1996 is past its primebut can still stand up after some decanting. I am astounded by the similarities in terrior on the nose and palate vs. the 2017 Haut-Medoc.

  • OldwineinVT wrote: 84 points

    December 11, 2020 - Garagiste selection

    Unlike previous bottle, this one seemed tired and dried out.

    Color: brown
    Nose: light; not complex
    Body/flavor: light body. Not much depth, although tannins still present. Some dried dark fruit, especially prunes. A touch of cedar.
    Aftertaste: fleeting.

    Drink now

  • SpoochMan Does not like this wine: 70 points

    November 21, 2020 - Way past prime. Fruit has checked out. Not even worth keeping as cooking wine. Down the drain.

  • Vinos 4 Elk Likes this wine:

    June 29, 2020 - Surprisingly enjoyable for an older wine, past (or passing) it’s prime. This medium garnet wine gave off a lot of fruit and flavor on the nose. It was soft and subtle on the pállate with tertiary flavors rising above residual fruits, but was a nice bottle to spend time with. Great deal for $15.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Madface35 Likes this wine: 89 points

    March 11, 2020 - Still some fruit but giving way to mostly tertiary flavors and aromas. Still pretty and fun to drink but starting to fade.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Lestage-Simon
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation Haut-Médoc

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 3 (1%)
  • In Cellars 131 (26%)
  • Consumed 364 (73%)

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