1996 Haut Brion Bordeaux Blend

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  • Bordeaux Blend
  • 1.5L
  • WS 93
  • WA 92
  • IWC 92

Reviews for 1996 Haut Brion Bordeaux Blend

WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, April 2007
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... 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
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 1999
The backward 1996 Haut-Brion was bottled in July 1998. Even administrator Jean Delmas was surprised by how closed it was when I tasted it in January. Only 60% of the crop was utilized in the final blend which was 50%... The backward 1996 Haut-Brion was bottled in July 1998. Even administrator Jean Delmas was surprised by how closed it was when I tasted it in January. Only 60% of the crop was utilized in the final blend which was 50% Merlot 39% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc. Out of barrel this wine exhibited far more forthcoming aromatics as well as a sweeter mid-palate than it revealed from bottle. I had expected it to be more forward and thus slightly down-graded the wine although I am thrilled to own it and follow what appears to be a slow evolution. 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.</P>
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 1999
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... 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. 92 points