- Alcohol %: 13%
- Decant Time: 30 minutes
- Taste: Rich, Ripe red-fruit, Cedary oak, Lively acidity, Long finish
- Food Matching: Red meat, Game, Mature cheese
- Grape Variety: Merlot : 50%, Cabernet Sauvignon : 39%, Cabernet Franc : 11%,
This 1996 Chateau Haut-Brion is a wine full of contradictions. The grapes were acidic, yet produced a subtle wine. The sugar level was unusually high, but the phenolic ripeness varied among the different varieties. The Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon seemed riper than the Merlots. The wine is ample with a good structure and a pleasant harmony. It is a very good wine and will make an excellent Haut-Brion. The best wines are selected for Château Haut-Brion and placed in barrels for 18 to 20 months.