1996 Chateau Haut Brion

1996 Chateau Haut Brion

1996 Chateau Haut Brion

Pessac leognan, Bordeaux, France, 750ml
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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.
  • Alcohol %: 13%
  • Decant Time: 2 hours
  • Taste: savory, cedary oak, ripe red fruit, lively acidity, balanced, long finish
  • Food Matching: grilled lamb chops, beef wellington, mushroom risotto, aged cheeses
  • Grape Variety: Merlot : 50%, Cabernet Sauvignon : 39%, Cabernet Franc : 11%,


Tasting note


The 1996 Chateau Haut-Brion is a testament to the grandeur of the Pessac-Leognan terroir. This vintage exudes a medium ruby-red hue with a bouquet of rich ripe red fruits and a touch of cedary oak. The palate is graced with a lively acidity that elevates the fruit profile, creating a harmonious balance with the wine's structured backbone. The finish is impressively long, leaving a lasting impression of a wine that is rich and balanced, yet not overpowering. A true reflection of its prestigious 1er Grand Cru Classé status, this wine is a sophisticated choice for any connoisseur.

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