Haut Brion 1996

Product Details

Vintage
1996
Colour
Red
Appellation
Pessac Leognan

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Tasting Notes and Scores

Wine Advocate
92

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.

Robert Parker (Wine Advocate #122, Apr 1999)

Neal Martin
96

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. Tasted December 2013.

– eRobertParker.com, May 2014

Michael Schuster
18

Medium depth, brick-rimmed ruby red; early bouquet, classic ‘wax and warm brick’ character, along with a fine gravelly scent and fresh red fruit; very nicely balanced indeed, fresh, moderately concentrated, elegant middleweight with a particularly refined tannin; fine, pebbly red fruit flavour, long, graceful and refined, the tannin still a touch ‘dry’, but with a fine, complex aromatic dimension and really excellent length; not a big wine but no weakness, classic Haut Brion, just becoming accessible. Seems more harmonious, easier and more graceful than the 1995. Ideally leave 4 years or so. Drink 2010-25

Wine Lister
962

Quality 935 | Brand 998 | Economics 962 | buzz brand
Quality: Predicted life of 18 years, one of the longest drinking windows in its peer group for the 1996 vintage, which averages 9 years Brand: Strong restaurant presence, featuring on 50 of the world's top wine lists, including Chez Bruce Economics: More traded at auction than its peers, its top 5 vintages having seen 3,255 75cl equivalent bottles traded in the past year Production: Higher production than its peer group average of 92,455 bottles

- www.wine-lister.com June 2017