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Red Bordeaux - 1996 - Haut Brion

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QtyUnitSizeCase SizePriceReserve
1Case75cl12£4,350

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Tasting Notes

Rating

95

Release Price

NA

Drink Date

2016 - 2050

Reviewed by

Neal Martin

Issue Date

28th Oct 2016

Source

227, The 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.