Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 1996

9.554 ratings on Delectable
$445

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. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2030. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Tan Ernest

Translucent ruby when poured, beautiful aroma of blackberries, wood smoke, dried herbs and olives. Soft tannins, this was elegant on the palate with complex flavours balanced with acidity and just the right amount of dark fruit. This will continue to age gracefully.

Translucent ruby when poured, beautiful aroma of blackberries, wood smoke, dried herbs and olives. Soft tannins, this was elegant on the palate with complex flavours balanced with acidity and just the right amount of dark fruit. This will continue to age gracefully.

9.6

Conrad Green

Quite lean. Purple fruit and leather and wood. A bit underwhelming as I love HB, but this could do with a blast more fruit

Quite lean. Purple fruit and leather and wood. A bit underwhelming as I love HB, but this could do with a blast more fruit

9.0

Peter 0'Neill

Lovely aromatics but the palate is still pretty reserved and in need of more time.

Lovely aromatics but the palate is still pretty reserved and in need of more time.

9.2

Michael Egan

Words Escape me

Words Escape me

9.7