1996 Haut Brion Bordeaux Blend

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  • Bordeaux Blend
  • 750ML
  • NM 96
  • JR 95
  • WS 93
  • WA 92
  • IWC 92
  • JS 91

Reviews for 1996 Haut Brion Bordeaux Blend

NM 96
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, May 2014
Tasted at Bordeaux Index lunch. The Haut Brion 1996 continues to shine as one of the estate's standout releases of the decade. There is something perhaps a little rustic on the nose at first, more "animally" than I have... Tasted at Bordeaux Index lunch. The Haut Brion 1996 continues to shine as one of the estate's standout releases of the decade. There is something perhaps a little rustic on the nose at first, more "animally" than I have noticed on previous bottles. But it just oozes Graves-like fruit, hints of black olive, scorched earth and undergrowth. This is a nose you can lose yourself in. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine line of acidity, the tannins having just softened a little since two years ago. It is very elegant, extremely well balanced and there is a subtle, insistent crescendo that is utterly entrancing. This is an Haut Brion that is simply full of character. Superb. Drink 2015-2025.
JR 95
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, February 2011
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... 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! 18.5/20
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
JS 91
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, January 2011
Impressive nose of sweet tobacco with hints of prunes and black cherries. The palate is velvety, but it’s a little dull on the finish. Opens a little as the wine is in the glass. Served from imperial bottle.