Château Haut Brion 1986
Pessac-Léognan - Premier Grand Cru Classé
- Aging potential: 2008 - 2030
- Tasted by Robert M. Parker, 2003: "This wine continues to be backward, but the bouquet is beginning to develop secondary nuances ranging from roasted herbs and sweet cigar tobacco to compost and leather notes, as well as an abundance of sweet cherries and cassis. I had slightly higher hopes for this wine ten years ago. The wine is still young, fairly pure, medium-bodied, but the somewhat high, austere tannins on the finish at 16 years old are starting to make me think they will never be fully integrated. As always, it's sometimes difficult to make a judgment on a wine destined to have a half-century of life, given the different stages it goes through, but I wonder if this wine will turn out to be as profound as I predicted."
Château Haut Brion is best served at 15°C. For wines that have not been aged in barrels, decanting is not necessary. Aeration in a carafe is recommended when the wine is young and has been aged in oak barrels. For older wines, it is preferable to decant them for a few hours before serving them. The time to open in advance will be determined at the time of tasting, depending on how the wine evolves in the glass. When decanting, be careful not to drop the deposit in the decanter, it is never pleasant to have small pieces in the mouth when tasting.
|Note||Between 91 and 94|
|Volume||12,50 % vol - 75 cl|
|1855 Rankings||1st Grands Crus Ranked|