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1996 Mission Haut-Brion 750ml
1996 Mission Haut-Brion
France - Bordeaux - Pessac Leognan / Cru Classe
Red / Bordeaux Blend
1996 Mission Haut-Brion
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 84

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.

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Jancis Robinson Author: Jancis Robinson

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.

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 122

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.

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Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling Issue: Web

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.

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Community Reviews


Tj R Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 11/22/2008

Anonymous Author Trust Rating: 91 Tasted On: 09/28/2008

RP says should improve on cellaring

1 of 2 people found this review useful.

metlaw Trust Rating: 77 Tasted On: 12/01/1980

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