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CHÂTEAU HAUT-BRION 1996 (4) 95 WA


CHÂTEAU HAUT-BRION 1996 PESSAC-LÉOGNAN. 1ER CRU CLASSÉ U. 1BN. THE 1996 HAUT-BRION, A BLEND OF 50% MERLOT, 39% CABERNET SAUVIGNON AND 11% CABERNET FRANC IS CLEARLY ON A HIGHER PLANE THAN THE LA MISSION. THERE IS SOMETHING MUCH MORE EXPANSIVE AND COMPLETE ON THE NOSE: GREATER DEPTH OF FRUIT, MORE HARMONIOUS WITH SCENTS OF UNDERBRUSH, TAR, BLACK OLIVE AND THIS BOTTLE PERHAPS LESS "FERAL" THAN I HAVE NOTICED ON PREVIOUS EXAMPLES. THE PALATE IS VERY WELL BALANCED WITH DARK CHERRIES, SOUS-BOIS AND CEDAR. THIS IS ONE VINTAGE WHERE I THINK THE CABERNET FRANC PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE AND LENDS MORE COMPLEXITY. THIS IS A 1996 THAT HAS RETAINED AND BUILT UPON BEGUILING FLESHINESS AND IT WILL CONTINUE TO EVOLVE WITH STYLE AND PANACHE. TASTED JULY 2016. DRINK: 2016-2050 95 WA 4 BTS. PER LOT $1,700 - $2,000




Price Realised: $3300



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