33% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon. Glowing ruby. Fully evolved nose – much more so than the Bahans 1996. Sweet and appealing and again with a strong Cabernet Sauvignon element. Finishes dry. Very appetising and savoury. Cries out for food. Milder, less intense than the 1996 but very nicely developed. Hint of curry powder. (JR)
One of the finest second wines being made in Bordeaux is Haut-Brion's Bahans-Haut-Brion. I have drunk several cases of the remarkable 1989, and I believe the 1995 and 1996 both merit consumer interest. The 1995 is an aromatic, round, complex, elegant wine that possesses all the characteristics of the bigger, richer 1996, but less depth, and more immediate appeal. Very 'Graves' with its smoky, roasted nose and sweet, smoke-infused black cherry and currant fruit, it should drink well for a decade. (RP)
Fresh but reticent black cherry-dominated nose. More closed than the '96 following the bottling, and a bit disjointed today. Seems drier than the '96, but has plenty of underlying sweetness, solid structure, and nicely buffered tannins. (ST)
Really pretty aromas of cedar, violet and licorice, with hints of dark fruits. Medium-bodied, with silky tannins and a medium finish. Delicious. (JS, Web Only-2007)
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