Haut Marbuzet 1996
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Tasting Notes and Scores
Tell-tale, lavish, toasty new oak aromas jump from the glass of the dark ruby/purple-colored 1996. Well-made, attractive, and boldly-wooded, the wine's rich fruit easily compensates for all the oak. This vintage does not possess the depth found in the 1990, 1989, and 1982, but it is an excellent wine. This medium-bodied, spicy, lush, open-knit 1996 will be better with 2-3 years of cellaring, and will keep for 10-15.
Robert Parker (Wine Advocate #115, Feb 1998
Noticeably deep colour. A lovely, elegant nose. Cedar, blackberry, pencil-lead. Good delineation but surly. Very well-balanced on the palate, quite elegant, suave, good acidity. Harmonious. Beautifully knit-together but then oxidizes rapidly in the glass. Tasted September 2006.
Lots of plum and sweet tobacco aromas follow through to a full-bodied palate, with velvety tannins and a long finish. Delicious. But needs time still. Holding up nicely.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. James Suckling
Good deep ruby-red. Floral, spicy aromas of black raspberry and expensive oak. Dense and rather powerful for Haut-Marbuzet, but pliant and sweet; deep black cherry and black raspberry fruitiness is nicely framed by oak. Finishes very long and ripe, with substantial tannic support. The '98 is not nearly as full as this wine, but then it has barely begun to take up the 100% new oak.