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1996 Haut-Brion Bordeaux Blend - France - Bordeaux - Pessac Leognan - Red - First Growth

France - Bordeaux - Pessac Leognan

Red Bordeaux Blend - First Growth
Producer Notes

Since its founding in 1525, Chateau Haut-Brion has passed between many illustrious owners, including admirals, archbishops, and mayors of Bordeaux. In recent years, the estate has come under the ownership of Clarence Douglas Dillon, Ambassador of the United States in Paris and Minister of Finance under President John F. Kennedy, making it the only American-owned First Growth property. Currently,... More »

Score
94
JR 18.5
IWC 92
WA 92
WS 91
Drink Dates
Comm: 2010-2030 WA: 2008-2030 WS: 2003+
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IWC 92
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 84

Full ruby-red. Initially mute nose opened slowly to reveal complex aromas of raspberry, plum, hot stones, tobacco, saddle leather and toffee. Really explodes on the palate; lush and minerally, with a compelling note of woodsmoke and firm acidity. Wonderful combination of sweetness and vibrancy. Finishes very long and subtle, with firm tannins.

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JR 18.5
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2012-2030

50% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon. Looks more evolved than the Bahans. Wonderfully round and developed and subtle. More subtle than La Mission with a drier finish. Chewy end still there - and in with a fight. This does not seem to have fully unfurled yet and should make a great wine eventually. Putty and minerals. Still quite tight!

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WA 92
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 122
Drink Dates 2008-2030

The backward 1996 Haut-Brion was bottled in July, 1998. Even administrator Jean Delmas was surprised by how closed it was when I tasted it in January. Only 60% of the crop was utilized in the final blend, which was 50% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 11% Cabernet Franc. Out of barrel, this wine exhibited far more forthcoming aromatics as well as a sweeter mid-palate than it revealed from bottle. I had expected it to be more forward, and thus slightly down-graded the wine, although I am thrilled to own it and follow what appears to be a slow evolution. It will be a potentially long-lived wine. The 1996 exhibits a deep ruby/purple color, and a surprisingly tight bouquet. With aeration, notes of fresh tobacco, dried herbs, smoke, asphalt, and black fruits emerge ... but reluctantly. It is tannic and medium-bodied, with outstanding purity and a layered, multidimensional style. However, the finish contains abundant tannin, suggesting that this wine needs 5-8 years of cellaring.

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WS 91
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2003+

Seductive Haut-Brion. Complex, with cinnamon, vanilla, cherry, berry and dried fruits on the nose and palate. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a polished, caressing texture. 12,500 cases made.

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Author Tj R
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.311%
Tasted On 11/02/2012
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Author Chez Fisher
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.491%
Tasted On 01/29/2012
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Delicious and drank perfectly.

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Author flavio
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.828%
Tasted On 12/30/2011
Drink Dates 2015-2025
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Author MarcelB
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 11/20/2010

still too young,ripe,rich fruit but tannins still need to soften

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Author Wang Chong
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 93.2%
Tasted On 10/06/2009
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Author Tallydoc
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 91.525%
Tasted On 08/11/2010
Drink Dates 2008-2030
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Author Ed K994
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.059%
Tasted On 05/12/2010

Outstanding wine.

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Author botro
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.415%
Tasted On 01/27/2010
Drink Dates 2010-2030

Haut Brion tasting in Rochester, NY with J. P. Delmas. Typical Haut Brion, not flamboyant, but a well balanced wine, medium to full bodied, and very approachable now but will easily cellar.

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Author Ivan Chang
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 08/13/2009
Drink Dates 2014-2030

Clear, deep ruby. Only very slight fading at the rim. Clean, medium to pronounced nose of sweet roses, some red and black cherries, plum, nutmeg, cloves. Hints of capsicum, cigar box. Very complex. Developing. Dry, high acidity, medium+ tannins (very silky and smooth). More cherries and plum on the palate. Medium alcohol. Medium+ body. Long polished and sweet finish with some mandarin peel notes at the very end. Outstanding. Premium priced. Wait for at least another 5-8 years. Bravo.

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Author barnbrew
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 91.111%
Tasted On 03/23/2009
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Author dave1161
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 13.725%
Tasted On 12/24/2008
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Author Spike
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 78.333%
Tasted On 08/12/2008
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Author metlaw
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 77.477%
Tasted On 12/01/1980
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1996 Haut-Brion


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