Château Haut-Brion
1996
1er grand cru classé
Pessac-Léognan - 75 Cl

€820,37*
    COUNTRY : France
    REGION: Bordeaux
    APPELLATION : Pessac-Léognan
    PRODUCER : Château Haut-Brion
    COLOUR : Red
    VINTAGE : 1996
    SIZE : 75 Cl

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate : While in some vintages La Mission Haut-Brion and Haut-Brion can be close in quality, that is not the case in this vintage. The 1996 Haut-Brion, a blend of 50% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc is clearly on a higher plane than the La Mission.

There is something much more expansive and complete on the nose: greater depth of fruit, more harmonious with scents of underbrush, tar, black olive and this bottle perhaps less "feral" than I have noticed on previous examples. The palate is very well balanced with dark cherries, sous-bois and cedar. This is one vintage where I think the Cabernet Franc plays an important role and lends more complexity. This is a 1996 that has retained and built upon beguiling fleshiness and it will continue to evolve with style and panache. Tasted July 2016.

Blend : 50% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc.

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