1996 Mission Haut-Brion 750ml

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1996 Mission Haut-Brion
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International Wine Cellar | 91

Full ruby-red. Very reticent aromas of plum, black cherry, leather, dark chocolate and flowers; faint suggestion of surmaturite. Fat with sweet fruit; lush and voluminous for the vintage. Finishes with big but very even tannins that spread out on the palate.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 84

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Jancis Robinson | 18

61% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon. Looks very much more evolved than the Bahans 1996. Great edge and evolution. Some oyster shells – certainly something edgy and marine on the nose. Fully evolved on the palate. Lovely mellifluous texture. Just gorgeous now with the fruit fully open and the tannins in retreat. A mineral edge. Not especially long or powerful but at its peak. So clean and health giving.

Drink Dates: 2005-2020
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 89

The 1996 La Mission-Haut-Brion was closed and backward when I tasted it in January. The wine was bottled in summer, 1998, and should have had sufficient time to overcome any suppression from going from wood to glass. It possesses considerable potential, and I would not be surprised to see it merit an outstanding score after 2-4 years of cellaring. The color is a healthy plum/purple, and the wine exhibits some of the black fruit, smoky mineral character of La Mission, but it is medium-bodied and moderately high in tannin, with notes of cedar. The finish was totally closed, with the tannin in danger of dominating the wine's fruit. This muscular, structured La Mission will take longer to come around than I originally predicted.

Drink Dates: 2007-2020
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 122

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Wine Spectator | 90

Licorice, blackberry, mineral and cedar on the nose. Full-bodied, chewy texture, with lots of tannins, but finishes a little short and dry. Ready.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now.

Drink Dates: 2007+
Author: James Suckling
Issue: Web

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Score: 90
Author: Tj R
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 11/22/2008
Score:
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 09/28/2008
RP says should improve on cellaring

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Score:
Author: metlaw
Trust Rating: 77
Tasted On: 12/01/1980
More Vintages and Sizes of Mission Haut-Brion:

2010 (750ml)
2006 (750ml)
2000 (3.0L)
1975 (750ml)

About This Producer


"What is still evident is that La Mission Haut-Brion is a wine of first-growth quality...It is unquestionably one of the world's most singular and distinctive wines." -Robert Parker, Bordeaux

Founded in the 17th century, this property has long enjoyed renown and respect. In 1919, the Woltner family acquired the estate and set it on the road to stardom. Frederic Woltner, and then later his son Henri, shaped the dense, full-bodied, fruit-rich character that was to become this chateau's signature. Then, in 1983, amidst family bickering and financial woes, the chateau was purchased by Haut-Brion (Domaine de Clarence Dillon S.A.) and Jean Delmas was placed at the winemaking helm. Considered one of Bordeaux's greatest wines, Mission Haut-Brion, with patience, provides a sumptuous and lengthy tasting experience. La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion is the estate's second wine.

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