Ch. Haut-Brion (0.75 L)
NM: Tasted at Bordeaux Index lunch. The Haut-Brion 1996 continues to shine as one of the estate’s standout releases of the decade. There is something perhaps a little rustic on the nose at first, more ”animally” than I have noticed on previous bottles. But it just oozes Graves-like fruit, hints of black olive, scorched earth and undergrowth. This is a nose you can lose yourself in. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine line of acidity, the tannins having just softened a little since two years ago. It is very elegant, extremely well balanced and there is a subtle, insistent crescendo that is utterly entrancing. This is an Haut-Brion that is simply full of character. Superb. Drink 2015-2025. Tasted December 2013.
WA / RP: 95