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1986 Château Haut-Brion

  • 86 WS
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 51621-1986

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  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Deep ruby with strong brick flavours. Very chunky and not nearly as ready as La Mission. Still very tannic and chewy and uncharming for the moment. Should get there eventually.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 86

    On the slide. Dark ruby red. Aromas of cedar, tea, berry, cherry and leather. Medium- to full-bodied, with velvety tannins. Soft and delicious, but slightly dry on the finish. A bit mature.--Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Bordeaux Book(2003) | Rating: 94

    This wine continues to be backward, but the bouquet is beginning to develop secondary nuances from roasted herbs and sweet cigar tobacco to compost, leathery notes, along with plenty of sweet cherry and black currant fruit. I had somewhat higher hopes for it a decade ago. The wine is still youthful, quite pure, medium to full-bodied, but somewhat elevated, austere tannins in the finish at age 16 are starting to make me think they will never become fully integrated. As always, making a judgment call on a wine destined to have a half-century of life is sometimes difficult, given the varying stages it goes through, but I wonder if this wine will turn out to be as profound as I once predicted.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Author: dave1161
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Compared favorably to the 1985.
    Drink Dates: 2008+
    Author: Ricknat1
  • Self | Rating:

    little light for a haut brion but absolutely wonderful wine with plenty of life left in it. 95 easy in my book....
    Author: Gregg F
  • Self | Rating:

    Ruby in color. Low rim variation. Fast legs. Black currant (cassis), Game. Medium bodied. Smooth texture. Long finish.
    Author: burghound
Since its founding in 1525, Chateau Haut-Brion has passed between many illustrious owners, including admirals, archbishops, and mayors of Bordeaux. In recent years, the estate has come under the ownership of Clarence Douglas Dillon, Ambassador of the United States in Paris and Minister of Finance under President John F. Kennedy, making it the only American-owned First Growth property. Currently, Dillon's granddaughter, the Duchesse de Mouchy, oversees Haut-Brion, among many others, under the public limited company of "Domaine Clarence Dillon."

Chateau Haut-Brion is also the only First Growth property from the 1855 Classification that lies outside of the Medoc and Sauternes. Located in Pessac, within the Graves region, just one mile from the city of Bordeaux, the wine of Chateau Haut-Brion is highly sought-after, landing it among the most expensive and prestigious wines in France. The estate vineyards, dominated by gravel and clay, are planted to both red and white varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc; and Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Haut-Brion is characterized by earthy scents, ripe fruit, tobacco and mineral, revealing aromas of chocolate and smoke and creating an elegant and harmonious wine that is highly structured, allowing it to age seamlessly.

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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1377 bottles owned
  • 268 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 268 collectors)