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Chateau Haut Brion 1996

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$1198.00 per bottle

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"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." Robert Parker

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1996 VINTAGE

93 Gorgeous aromas of crushed berries, cigar box, black licorice and tanned leather. Full-bodied, with fine silky tannins and a medium to long finish. Seems a little tight right now. But refined and pretty. Nice for the vintage.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2008. –JS
18.5 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! (sep 2011) - Jancis Robinson
92 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. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2030.
92 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." (06/1999) - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 

Name Château Haut Brion 
Vintage 1996 
Type Rouge/ Red 
Appellation Pessac Léognan 
Classification 1er cru classé / First growth 
Grape Varieties 50% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc 
Format 750ml
Alcohol 13.0%
Vineyard 48 Hectares 
Average Age of Vines 37 years - Oldest vines dating from the 1930's
Production 10,000 - 12,000 cases 
Soil Gunzian Gravels - some parcels have a large content of clay 
Winemaking Hand harvesting and each parcel is worked by the same team of workers- fruit is sorted in the fiels - Fermentation in stainless steel 225hl vats thermo regulated 
Ageing 18 to 22 months in 80% new wood
Serving Suggestions  
Food Pairing Game animals, beef and lamb 
Occassions  

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