Château Haut-Brion Rouge
This wine is characterized by the harmony between the very soft
and very fine structure and the complex aroma given
by the soil of the Graves. The wine has great charm.
It will be possible to drink it in the next few years
but it really should be kept. It will age remarkably.
As in 1993, this vintage is characterized by its early ripening due to the very mild winter. A quite cold and humid Spring slowed down the vegetation a little. Summer was hot with several thunderstorms. The evenness of the flowering was also evident during the ripening. Some Rainfall in September accelerated the picking of a generally sound and well-ripened harvest.
A few figures
From September 12th to 24th
Merlot: 52 %
Cabernet Sauvignon: 44 %
Cabernet Franc: 4 %.
From June 24th to July 10th 1996