Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 1996

9.551 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

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

John Hamel

Sleeping giant

Sleeping giant

9.5

John Weted

Bad bottle.

Bad bottle.

7.6