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Chateau Haut Batailley 1996

$240.00 per bottle

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Robert Parker ~ 89-91 Points

"The wine exhibits a dense purple color, as well as a wonderfully sweet, classic Pauillac nose of black currants and cigar box notes. Powerful for Haut-Batailley (normally a light, elegant, supple Pauillac), the 1996 possesses intense fruit, medium to full body, ripe tannin, and a surprisingly long, layered finish. This appears to be a classic"

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1996 VINTAGE

89-91 While this may be the most impressive Haut-Batailley I have ever tasted, I am reluctant to go out on a limb and give this wine a higher rating until I can taste it a few more times from both cask and bottle. The wine exhibits a dense purple color, as well as a wonderfully sweet, classic Pauillac nose of black currants and cigar box notes. Powerful for Haut-Batailley (normally a light, elegant, supple Pauillac), the 1996 possesses intense fruit, medium to full body, ripe tannin, and a surprisingly long, layered finish. This appears to be a classic, and may merit an outstanding score.
  90 Aromas of blackberries and cassis, with hints of toasted oak. Full-bodied, chewy and rich. A bit one-dimensional on the palate. Needs time.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2010. –JS
17 Very deep. Lustrous dark ruby. Sweet tea leaf aromas. Very neat and compact and dense. Very slightly too much oak in evidence. Warm, almost hot(!) finish – almost unheard-of in 1996… Quite a dramatic, obviously consciously sculpted wine.
Tight and richly tannic, ripe, bold black fruits. Good length.
90 Deep ruby-red. Floral, spicy aromas of black cherry, licorice and shoe polish. Thick and dense, with lovely sweetness and inner-mouth flavor. Boasts more volume than either the '98 or '97. Finishes thoroughly ripe, with rich, well-integrated tannins. A very strong vintage for this wine.
Name Château  Haut Batailley
Vintage 1996
Type Rouge / Red
Appellation Pauillac
Classification 5ème Cru Classé (5th Growth)
Grape Varieties  65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc.
Format 750ml
Alcohol 13%
Vineyard 22 Hectares
Average Age of Vines 35 Years
Production 10,000 cases (on average)
Soil Deep Gravel
Winemaking Hand harvested with tradional production. After destemming, the fermentation takes place in temperature controlled stainless steel vats.
Ageing 20 Months in 40% new oak
Serving Suggestions Best now through to 2019
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