Cedar and vanilla, with plum and chocolate character. Medium-bodied, with slightly angular tannins and a medium finish. A little diluted.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now.
Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 87
La Tour-Haut-Brion's 1996 is an aromatic, surprisingly evolved wine for the vintage with a dark plum color, and a pronounced, smoky, cassis, weedy, dried herb-scented bouquet. A medium-bodied, classic, mid-weight Bordeaux, with plenty of spice, sweet fruit, elegance and complexity, it is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Cabernet Franc. It should provide delicious drinking early, and last for a decade.
Author: Robert Parker
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16
Mature rim and ruby middle. Powerfully aromatic with tannins fully evolved on the palate. Already an attractive drink even if a bit chunky and very very slightly green notes. Medium weight.
Author: Jancis Robinson
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90
Red-ruby. Perfumed, faintly roasted aromas of framboise, plum, tobacco and earth. Ripe and silky on the palate, with insinuating flavors of leather, tobacco and smoke. Vinous and rather elegantly styled, with a restrained sweetness. Finishes with subtle length; sweet but serious tannins strike the palate quite late. This is developing very well.