Ch. La Mission Haut-Brion (0.75 L)
NM: The first bottle is corked. The second displays a very fine, cedar and tobacco infused nose: quintessentially í»96 claret. Does not quite have the precision of the í»05 or í»00 but more vigour than the í»95. The palate is medium- to full-bodied, becoming quite sinewy in the glass, assertive and í big-bonedí€ but always keeping one eye on elegance and natural harmony. Just builds beautifully on the palate with a superb persistency on the leafy, slightly peppery finish. Lovely wine but could do with a couple more years in bottle. A completely different animal to the bottle I met a couple of years ago, this 1996 has just take ages to settle. Drink 2012-2040. Tasted May 2008.
WA / RP: 90