Bordeaux 1996: Tasting in 2001

This tasting looked at only a small selection of wines, of both cru bourgeois and classed growth standard, at five years of age. Many of the wines showed the classic, pure, left bank fruit that characterises the vintage.

Bordeaux 1996

Wines from estates such as Château Caronne-Ste-Gemme and Château du Tertre show the potential of the vintage, but it was the trio of classed growth wines that really shone here. Château Duhart Milon was perhaps the weaker of the three, by a slight margin, but still a very good wine nevertheless. Showing very well indeed were both Château Pontet-Canet and Château Calon-Ségur, both lovely wines in need of much cellar time. This is clearly a vintage which is going to provide fans of Bordeaux with many years of happy drinking in the future. (12/7/01)

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