Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 1996
Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
One first notes a normal color, only slightly evolved, and then suddenly one is struck by the complex aromas of this wine. The aromatic volume is amazing. In the mouth it is a wine that first of all is dominated by the Cabernet. The tannins are firm, rather powerful and still hardly assimilated into the ensemble. It is the type of wine that one must wait for. The tannic and aromatic strengths are there. IT is a classic wine of a very good year for the Cabernets. Anticipate this wine to drink well now through 2020.
"Very good medium-dark red. Aromatic nose combines black cherry, leather, minerals and smoke. Sweet, penetrating, and intensely flavored; fresh and delineated. Finishes very long, with smooth, sweet tannins. This is fairly dense and backward, but avoids the hardness shown by so many '96s.
International Wine Cellar
"Licorice, blackberry, mineral and cedar on the nose. Full-bodied, chewy texture, with lots of tannins..."
"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."
The Wine Advocate
Learn About Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion Map It
In 1664, Madame de Lestonnac bequeathed the domaine of La Mission Haut-Brion to the Peres Lazaristes, a congregation founded by Saint Vincent de Paul. The "good fathers" worked to restore their property to its rightful worth. After them, the Chiapella family (owners in the 19th century) and Woltner family (owners between 1919 and 1983) never stopped improving the vineyard and modernizing the cellars. Since 1983, the Dillon family, already owner of Chateau Haut-Brion, continues the same policy under the presidency of H.R.H. Prince Robert of Luxembourg.
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(PEH-sak lay-ohn-yawn) One of the top appellations within Graves, Pessac-Leognan is home to the only Graves chateau listed as a first growth in the 1855 Medoc classification - Chateau Haut-Brion. In fact, praise for the chateau dates back to the days of Thomas Jefferson, when, upon visiting the chateau in 1787, he bought 125 bottles for his cellar in Virginia. Notable Facts The...
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