1996 Haut Brion

- 750 ml
96
RP-NM
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$685.00
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Product ID
11050-750-XX3

Wine Critic Reviews:

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

Sokolin 1996 Haut Brion Tasting Notes:

Nothing seems as fresh and joyful as a glass of the 1996 Haut Brion. This incredible fountain of youth could only be compared to spring. Pouring this gorgeous liquid into your glass is like an awakening - all the forgotten colors, smells and flavors come back to life and welcome you into a carefree, happy place.

Despite having a decent age, this Bordeaux blend has a superb, youthful aromas of black fruits with spicy and peppery background. One mouthful of this drink and you'll be desperately in love with it. The rich texture and harmonious balance between great acidity and sweet red and black fruits, along with herbal hints make it magical. The tannins are enjoyably silky and contribute to amazing density and make this red absolutely pop.
A connoisseur's choice, sure, but this wine is also a great starting point if you're ready to delve into the art of Barolo for the first time. Youthful, masculine energy and a considerable breadth of fruits and licorice is obvious from the moment one's handed a glass of this wine. The nose alone will have the audience salivating, dark berries, dried lavender, tar and licorice so specific and clearly-pronounced, like a mosaic of aromas beautifully complementing one another. The palate continues in the same style, the crown of charred meat and licorice and juicy cherries laid out tactfully and buffered by focused acidity that grips attention but doesn't steal the podium.

A splendid offering that will be drinking nicely over the next decade, though we'd understand if you didn't want to wait a second longer than you must. This wine's pristine flavor palette and tenacious temperament will charm you like an experienced dancer; a show you would never want to end once it started, your entire body swaying along in its rhythm.
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Availability Out of Stock
Vintage 1996
Format 750 ml
Color Red
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Haut Brion: Chateau Haut-Brion, originally founded in 1525, was responsible for the "New French Claret," the precursor to modern fine red wines. Their red wines are supported by a variety of some of the finest ingredients known to man. From the intriguing and creative inclusion of current flavor to the down-to-earth and homey charcoal that gives it a familiar and precise structure, you can experience new sensations every time you pour a glass of this heavenly elixir. The white wines outclass a lot of their competition, as their flavor is the stuff of legends. One sip introduces you to a flowery, colorful mix of lemon zest, grapefruit, decadent honey, and refreshing, juicy melon. The texture is smooth as silk, and the wine goes down as if it had a mind of its own.
Rating 96 RP-NM
Region Bordeaux: Even among the greatest and most reputable wine regions on the planet, Bordeaux stands above the rest. The winemakers of this region have a single-minded dedication to the fine art of viticulture and their efforts never fail to show. If you consider yourself a fine wine enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to visit Bordeaux - life changing. Whether you wish to drink some inspirational and gripping wine as soon as possible, or you want to add some masterpieces to your collection, no region on Earth is a more obvious choice. The noble and beautiful Garonne and Dordogne rivers surge through southwestern France, enriching the soil in a way very few other places can boast. The limestone-based earth is rich in calcium, and the almost oceanic climate conditions give the staple Bordeaux grape varietals vigor and flavor like nowhere else. For their illustrious reds, Bordeaux winemakers rely on a proven combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Meanwhile, a sip of their excellent white wine hints at the use of Semillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc.Each of these varietals carries a unique identity, making every quality wine a character piece to rival Citizen Kane. It can be incredibly hard to choose only a few wines to collect for your cellar!
Type of Wine Bordeaux Red: Picture in your mind a combination of cedar, lead pencil, blackcurrant, plum and mineral aromatics, and texture that caresses your palate like a playful lover. The experience is thrilling from the first whiff to the final seconds of a tannic, generous finish - that is what you'll get from a Bordeaux Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend: Since its birth in France, the art of Bordeaux-inspired blends has been brought to regions like California, and Washington, where New World visionaries add their own unique spin to the formula, creating mouth-watering tributes to Bordeaux's viticultural greatness. Today, with a compelling cultural mixture, sampling Bordeaux blends is more excited than ever.
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