796. 1996 Château HAUT BRION, 1er Grand Cru. Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux
Alcohol Percentage: 13%
Area: Since 1987 the northern section of Graves has been called Pessac-Léognan, but the 1988 Haut Brion still bears the simple Appellation 'Graves'. The two most famous estates in the area (Haut-Brion and La Mission) are actually in the southern Bordeaux suburbs, although the majesty of the buildings more than make up for the surroundings
Producer: 14th century records of a house called 'Aubrion' come before the purchase by Jean de Pontac in 1525 (the estated was for a while known as Château Pontac). Despite a chequered history it was the only Graves estate included in the Médoc classification of 1855, when of course it was ranked as 1er Cru alongside Latour, Lafite and Margaux. However it was in financial distress again in 1935, when rescued by American Clarence Dillon. The Dillon family remain in charge (current boss also happens to have the title Prince Robert of Luxembourg!) withe Jean-Philippe Delmas the longstanding winemaker.
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Press Reviews: “This bottles of ’96 has a very rich, almost ‘lactic’ nose with touch of dark chocolate that I have never noticed before, although there is still that hint of anis that develops with aeration. Complex and mercurial. The palate is full-bodied with assertive black fruits, touches of black olive, blackberry and just a hint of leather. Like before, it is a capricious wine that changes every time I return to the glass. But it does build nicely – this is a wine that will be fascinating in another 7-10 years. Drink 2012-2025. Tasted October 2008.” 95 points. Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
£295.00 per bottle
This wine does not qualify for a discount