Haut Brion 1996

Current Market Price: £4,100.00 / 12x75cl
Chateau Haut Brion, Haut Brion, 1996

Tasting Notes Haut Brion 1996

95

I have a lot of time for the 1996 Haut-Brion, which was tasted twice in the same month (albeit 5,000 miles apart!) Here it has a gorgeous, quintessential Graves-like bouquet with superb intensity, expressive dark berried fruits, woodland, a touch of garrigues evolving with time (although not anis this time.) The palate is full-bodied with firm, solid tannins that do not obtrude the fruit. Masculine in style with dried herbs, sous-bois, cedar and black olive, then demonstrating outstanding length on the finish. Excellent. Tasted November 2011.

Neal Martin
Wine Journal Jan 2012
92

The backward 1996 Haut-Brion was bottled in July, 1998. Even administrator Jean Delmas was surprised by how closed it was when I tasted it in January. 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 Jr
Wine Advocate #122 April 1999
91

Impressive nose of sweet tobacco with hints of prunes and black cherries. The palate is velvety, but it’s a little dull on the finish. Opens a little as the wine is in the glass. Served from imperial bottle.

James Suckling
jamessuckling.com, January 19th 2011

Haut Brion Pricing

Wine Vintage Producer Market price Unit size
Haut Brion 2018 Chateau Haut Brion POA 12x75cl
Haut Brion 2017 Chateau Haut Brion £3,752.00 12x75cl
Haut Brion 2016 Chateau Haut Brion £4,848.00 12x75cl
Haut Brion 2016 Chateau Haut Brion £2,600.00 6x75cl
Haut Brion 2015 Chateau Haut Brion £4,800.00 12x75cl
Haut Brion 2015 Chateau Haut Brion £2,500.00 6x75cl
Haut Brion 2014 Chateau Haut Brion £3,100.00 12x75cl
Haut Brion 2014 Chateau Haut Brion £1,600.00 6x75cl
Haut Brion 2013 Chateau Haut Brion £3,000.00 12x75cl
Haut Brion 2013 Chateau Haut Brion £1,600.00 6x75cl
Haut Brion 2012 Chateau Haut Brion £3,350.00 12x75cl
Haut Brion 2011 Chateau Haut Brion £3,300.00 12x75cl
Haut Brion 2010 Chateau Haut Brion £6,620.00 12x75cl
Haut Brion 2009 Chateau Haut Brion £6,300.00 12x75cl
Haut Brion 2008 Chateau Haut Brion £3,600.00 12x75cl
Haut Brion 2008 Chateau Haut Brion £350.00 1x75cl
Haut Brion 2007 Chateau Haut Brion £3,450.00 12x75cl
Haut Brion 2006 Chateau Haut Brion £3,864.00 12x75cl
Haut Brion 2005 Chateau Haut Brion £6,700.00 12x75cl
Haut Brion 2005 Chateau Haut Brion £3,400.00 6x75cl
Haut Brion 2004 Chateau Haut Brion £3,500.00 12x75cl
Haut Brion 2003 Chateau Haut Brion £4,000.00 12x75cl
Haut Brion 2002 Chateau Haut Brion £3,550.00 12x75cl
Haut Brion 2001 Chateau Haut Brion £3,700.00 12x75cl
Haut Brion 2000 Chateau Haut Brion £7,150.00 12x75cl
Haut Brion 1999 Chateau Haut Brion £3,950.00 12x75cl
Haut Brion 1998 Chateau Haut Brion £4,580.00 12x75cl
Haut Brion 1997 Chateau Haut Brion £3,750.00 12x75cl
Haut Brion 1996 Chateau Haut Brion £4,100.00 12x75cl
Haut Brion 1995 Chateau Haut Brion £4,200.00 12x75cl
Haut Brion 1990 Chateau Haut Brion £8,550.00 12x75cl
Haut Brion 1989 Chateau Haut Brion £22,000.00 12x75cl
Haut Brion 1986 Chateau Haut Brion £4,332.00 12x75cl
Haut Brion 1982 Chateau Haut Brion £8,727.00 12x75cl