1996 Haut Bages Liberal, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)
Light crimson. Very light mineral nose. Quite solid structure on the palate with a beginning, middle and end...Drink: 2013-2022.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This very good 1996 reveals an element of jammy black currant fruit intermixed with dried roasted herbs, sweet earthy smells, and new oak. It offers excellent definition, moderate tannin, medium to full body, and a long finish. As the wine sits in the glass, elements of the Cabernet Sauvignon's sur-maturite become noticeable. It is a potential sleeper of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2017.
A rather discreet style, with understated currant and berry aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, with firm tannins and a silky, fruity aftertaste. Needs time to open a bit. Best after 2003.