1996 Ch La Tour Haut Brion Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Colour
Red
Producer
Château La Tour Haut-Brion
Region
Pessac-Léognan, Red Bordeaux
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2002-2012
Case Size
12x75cl
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1996 Ch La Tour Haut Brion Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan
Colour
Red
Producer
Château La Tour Haut-Brion
Region
Pessac-Léognan, Red Bordeaux
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2002-2012
Case Size
12x75cl
Available Now

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Case price

£800.00 (Ex. VAT)

Qty
(2 in stock)

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Tasting Notes

Robert Parker, January 1998, Score: 86-87

This wine possesses a considerable amount of Cabernet Franc, resulting in a medium-bodied, elegant, stylish wine with a dark ruby/purple color, plenty of finesse and complexity in the nose, and good density and richness on the palate. The overall emphasis is on complexity and style presented in a pure, medium-bodied format. The 1996 La Tour-Haut-Brion will be drinkable in 4-5 years, and will last for 15 or more. Last tasted 11/97. Drink: 2001-2012.

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Region

Pessac-Léognan, Red Bordeaux

Stretching from the rather unglamorous southern suburbs of Bordeaux, for 50 km along the left bank of the river Garonne, lies Graves. Named for its gravelly soil, a relic of Ice Age glaciers, this is the birthplace of claret, despatched from the Middle Ages onwards from the nearby quayside to England in vast quantities. It can feel as though Bordeaux is just about red wines, but some sensational white wines are produced in this area from a blend of sauvignon blanc, Semillon and, occasionally, muscadelle grapes, often fermented and aged in barrel. In particular, Domaine de Chevalier is renowned for its superbly complex whites, which continue to develop in bottle over decades. A premium appellation, Pessac-Leognan, was created in 1987 for the most prestigious terroirs within Graves. These are soils with exceptional drainage, made up of gravel terraces built up in layers over many millennia, and consequently thrive in mediocre vintages but are less likely to perform well in hotter years. These wines were appraised and graded in their own classification system in 1953 and updated in 1959, but, like the 1855 classification system, this should be regarded with caution and the wines must absolutely be assessed on their own current merits.

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