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1996 Château Haut-Brion

  • 92 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • 93 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 51621-1996

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  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    50% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon. Looks more evolved than the Bahans. Wonderfully round and developed and subtle. More subtle than La Mission with a drier finish. Chewy end still there - and in with a fight. This does not seem to have fully unfurled yet and should make a great wine eventually. Putty and minerals. Still quite tight!
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    Full ruby-red. Initially mute nose opened slowly to reveal complex aromas of raspberry, plum, hot stones, tobacco, saddle leather and toffee. Really explodes on the palate; lush and minerally, with a compelling note of woodsmoke and firm acidity. Wonderful combination of sweetness and vibrancy. Finishes very long and subtle, with firm tannins.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 1999
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Seductive Haut-Brion. Complex, with cinnamon, vanilla, cherry, berry and dried fruits on the nose and palate. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a polished, caressing texture. 12,500 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 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.
    Author: Robert Parker
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    Author: metlaw
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: dave1161
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: barnbrew
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Spike
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Wang Chong
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Tj R
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    Drink Dates: 2008-2030
    Author: Tallydoc
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Drink Dates: 2015-2025
    Author: flavio
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Clear, deep ruby. Only very slight fading at the rim. Clean, medium to pronounced nose of sweet roses, some red and black cherries, plum, nutmeg, cloves. Hints of capsicum, cigar box. Very complex. Developing. Dry, high acidity, medium+ tannins (very silky and smooth). More cherries and plum on the palate. Medium alcohol. Medium+ body. Long polished and sweet finish with some mandarin peel notes at the very end. Outstanding. Premium priced. Wait for at least another 5-8 years. Bravo.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2030
    Author: Ivan Chang
  • Anonymous | Rating:

    Delicious and drank perfectly.
    Author: Chez Fisher
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Haut Brion tasting in Rochester, NY with J. P. Delmas. Typical Haut Brion, not flamboyant, but a well balanced wine, medium to full bodied, and very approachable now but will easily cellar.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2030
    Author: botro
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Outstanding wine.
    Author: Ed K994
  • Self | Rating: 93

    still too young,ripe,rich fruit but tannins still need to soften
    Author: MarcelB
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Drink Dates: 2014-2030
    Author: Jito72
Since its founding in 1525, Chateau Haut-Brion has passed between many illustrious owners, including admirals, archbishops, and mayors of Bordeaux. In recent years, the estate has come under the ownership of Clarence Douglas Dillon, Ambassador of the United States in Paris and Minister of Finance under President John F. Kennedy, making it the only American-owned First Growth property. Currently, Dillon's granddaughter, the Duchesse de Mouchy, oversees Haut-Brion, among many others, under the public limited company of "Domaine Clarence Dillon."

Chateau Haut-Brion is also the only First Growth property from the 1855 Classification that lies outside of the Medoc and Sauternes. Located in Pessac, within the Graves region, just one mile from the city of Bordeaux, the wine of Chateau Haut-Brion is highly sought-after, landing it among the most expensive and prestigious wines in France. The estate vineyards, dominated by gravel and clay, are planted to both red and white varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc; and Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Haut-Brion is characterized by earthy scents, ripe fruit, tobacco and mineral, revealing aromas of chocolate and smoke and creating an elegant and harmonious wine that is highly structured, allowing it to age seamlessly.

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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 2768 bottles owned
  • 367 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 367 collectors)