wondered if anyone has any ides where I can find out more about this
My brother, who gave it to us, was given a half case some years ago
and believes it to be a particularly fine wine. I've tried
unsuccessfully to find some notes on this, but just wanted to find out
more about it.
I've never heard of this particular estate. CT lists several vintages,
but not the '96. This is the '05,
you can click on all this producer's notes to see any notes on other
Lalande de Pomerol is a satellite vintage to the more famous Pomerol
appellation. The wines are typically heavily Merlot oriented, with
maybe some Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Franc (Petit Verdot and
Malbec are also allowed, though if used I'd assume less than 5%- never
actually remember hearing of a Lalande de Pomerol using either).
1996 is generally considered to be much stronger in Medoc ("Left
Bank") than Right Bank (where Pomerol and its satellites are). That
said, it could be a nice midweight Merlot if stored well. It wouldn't
have much in the way of monetary value ($10-25 at auction maybe) but
that doesn't mean it won't drink well. I'd say 14 years is longer than
most hold Lalande de Pomerols, so I'd suggest drinking sooner rather
than later. Good luck!