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Professional Ratings: 92 International Wine Cellar, 90 Wine Spectator, 90 The Wine Advocate
Region: Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Item no. 46104
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.
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.