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  • Year: 1996
96 Points
Robert Parker The Wine Advocate
"As I indicated last year, HautBrion utilized only 60% of its production in the 1996 final blend (50% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc). While it is undoubtedly true that the appellations of PessacLeognan and Graves were less successful in 1996 than the Medoc, the wines produced under the administration of Jean Delmas (i.e., HautBrion, La MissionHautBrion, and La TourHautBrion) are brilliant in the 1996 vintage, continuing a trend that has made HautBrion one of the most consistent firstgrowths in Bordeaux (consider the superlative performances in such difficult vintages as 1993, 1992, and 1987). The 1996 HautBrion has put on weight, and was even sweeter and more fragrant in November than it was earlier in the year. The wine exhibits a dark ruby color with purple nuances. HautBrion's signature is most frequently its glorious perfume of tobacco, black fruits, smoke, and dried herbs, combined with sweet, supple fruit, all crammed into a concentrated wine that never has the weight or tannic power of a Medoc, or the thick unctuosity of a top right bank wine. As I have frequently written, the one significant change to my palate over the last twenty years has been the fact that while I have always admired HautBrion, now I am addicted to its perfume and complexity. It is never the biggest of the firstgrowths, but it is usually among the most compelling wines of this elite group, with the most profound set of aromatics of any of its peers. That being said, the 1996 should turn out to be an exquisite wine, perhaps slightly more structured and backward than the superb 1995, but very rich, with gobs of smoky, cherry, tobaccotinged fruit, medium body, exceptional purity and equilibrium, and a long, moderately tannic finish. The tannins taste extremely sweet. Anticipated maturity: 20042030 February 1998, Robert Parker"

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Chateau Haut Brion 1996 750ml

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