Bordeaux - Second wine
chateau bahans haut brion 1996 Zoom

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SoDivin rating

90-94 / 100

Very good


Bordeaux - Second wine

Condition Good

Stock : 5 bottles
144,00 € tax incl. 120,00 € tax excl.
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Jancis Robinson
Jancis Robinson
(02-2011) 36% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon. Looks the most youthful of the Haut-Brion 1996 reds. Very deep vibrant ruby with a very narrow rim of evolution. Intense, very ripe nose. Focused and in the idiom of 1996. Still quite firm, with great confident impact on the palate. Still very much work in progress. Beautiful balance. Nothing remotely pushy or flashy. Lots of Cabernet Sauvignon cassis with a little bit of prunes underneath. 6.7% press wine apparently – not much – but it tastes as though there may have been more. Probably needs decanting.
90 / 100

Tom Cannavan (01-2004) Nice dark crimson colour, with a touch of brown at rim. Very ripe, rich and dense on the nose; almost Porty, with thick blackberry fruit, black cherry and a little animal note. The palate is quite subdued by contrast, and very harmonious, with lots of blackcurrant and deeper, plummy fruit. It is very dense, with well-integrated toasty oak and lots of spice. The tannins are supple and fine, and this is very well balanced and has good length.

Vintage 1996
Rating 90-94
Classification Bordeaux - Second wine
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Pessac Leognan
Colour Red
Volume 0.75 l
Price From 100 € to 200 €
Château Haut Brion
Country France
Château informations
Haut Brion
Haut Brion

It was in 1855 that Château Haut Brion was honored with the highest distinction of Médoc wines: Premier Cru Classé (First Growth). Château Haut Brion is the only non-Médoc domain to be included in the Médoc wine list, as well as the Graves wine classification as a Classified Growth!

Its soil is similar to elsewhere as a brother of Latour. Without being the most concentrated, Haut Brion is the most noble of wines from Pessac-Leognan and its longevity is unparalleled in the industry. The silky tannins are always exceptional. Chateau Haut-Brion is the oldest and yet the smallest of vineyards classified as Premiers Grands Crus in 1855 (Château Lafite-RothschildChâteau LatourChâteau MargauxChâteau Mouton RothschildChâteau Haut-Brion)

Although the vineyard has been active in the region since at least Roman times, the first mention of vineyards of Haut-Brion dates back only to 1423. In the early days, the wines were known by the name of the parishes where they came from. In the case of Haut-Brion, under the leadership of Pontac, the wine first bore the name of this noble and respectable family. Haut Brion was founded in 1525 by Jean de Pontac and since famous people have succeeded. The last of them, Clarence Douglas Dillon, was Minister of Finance of the United States under the Kennedy administration. As its reputation grew, the name of the estate came to replace that of its owners. The concept of Grand Cru is born! We find the first mention in the diary of Samuel Pepys, who wrote April 10, 1663: "I just tasted a French wine called Ho-Bryan (sic) which has the best and most special taste I've ever enountered."

Among the many great vintages of Château Haut Brion, the exceptional vintages are 1926, 1945, 1953, 1959, 1961, 1982, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000.

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