1996 Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion

Scores: 90+ CT:92.4 IWC:91 JR:18 RP:90 WS:90 AVG: 90
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Unit: 75cl

La Mission Haut-Brion was bought by the American banker, Clarence Dillon in 1983 (48 years after he purchased Haut-Brion). It is his great grandson, Prince Robert of Luxembourg who is at the helm today and in 1996 the winemaker was Jean-Bernard Delmas whose contribution to the Chateau's success is as important as the proprietor's. Expect a mineral-driven, elegant wine with vibrant fruits. This wine may be available in an Original Wooden Case if 12 bottles purchased.
, Jan 1999, 91
Full ruby-red. Very reticent aromas of plum, black cherry, leather, dark chocolate and flowers; faint suggestion of surmaturite. Fat with sweet fruit; lush and voluminous for the vintage. Finishes with big but very even tannins that spread out on the palate.

, Dec 2069, 18
61% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon. Looks very much more evolved than the Bahans 1996. Great edge and evolution. Some oyster shells – certainly something edgy and marine on the nose. Fully evolved on the palate. Lovely mellifluous texture. Just gorgeous now with the fruit fully open and the tannins in retreat. A mineral edge. Not especially long or powerful but at its peak. So clean and health giving.

, Aug 2012, 90
Fully mature, with a big, fragrant bouquet of damp earth, weedy underbrush, asphalt, Asian soy, and ripe plums and cherries, this medium-bodied 1996 appears to be on a fast evolutionary track. It reveals plenty of delicious fruit, soft tannins and enough acidity to provide definition. I was surprised by how open-knit and mature this wine has become. Anticipated maturity: now-2020.

, Jan 2007, 90
Licorice, blackberry, mineral and cedar on the nose. Full-bodied, chewy texture, with lots of tannins, but finishes a little short and dry. Ready.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now.

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Type Red Wine 紅酒
Grapes Red Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Wine Region Bordeaux
Sub region Graves
Appellation Pessac-Léognan
Producer Château La Mission Haut-Brion

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