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Haut Brion Pessac Leognan 1986

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Chateau Haut Brion:
Although by all accounts the vine has been rampant in these parts since at least Roman times, the earliest written mention that our archivist has discovered, citing a parcel of vines being cultivated at Haut-Brion dates back to only 1423. In the early days wines were known by the name of the parishes from whence they came. Later they became known as clarets. In the case of Haut-Brion, under t... Read more
Although by all accounts the vine has been rampant in these parts since at least Roman times, the earliest written mention that our archivist has discovered, citing a parcel of vines being cultivated at Haut-Brion dates back to only 1423. In the early days wines were known by the name of the parishes from whence they came. Later they became known as clarets. In the case of Haut-Brion, under the great stewardship of the Pontac family the wine's reputation was for years represented by the name of this enlightened and well respected family-- Pontac wine. Eventually as its renown grew, the name of the Estate came to replace that of its owners. The notion of a Great Growth was born! We find the first written mention of the wine in the Diaries of Samuel Pepys. While visiting the Royal Oak Tavern in London on April 10, 1663 Pepys wrote "There I drank a sort of French wine called Ho-Bryan (sic) which hath a good and most particular taste which I never before encountered....." Read less

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Snooth User: Robert Parker
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4.50 5
08/24/2007

The 1986 Haut-Brion, which I thought should be fully mature by now, remains a backward, highly concentrated, powerful wine with more noticeable tannin than most top vintages. The wine does possesses a tell-tale smoky tobacco and sweet black currant-scented nose, in addition to subtle new oak and minerals scents. This medium to full-bodied, rich, intensely smoky wine has still not reached its plateau of maturity. It is unquestionably the wine of the vintage for Graves, and not far off the pace of the great 1986 first-growth Medocs.


Snooth User: Dom Martinez
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5.00 5
04/10/2011

Drank at manoir quat sasion. Unbelievable depth and finish, very powerful.


External Reviews for Haut Brion Pessac Leognan

External Review
11/28/2012

Luxurious Drinks offers you: Wine - red - 1986 - Chateau Haut Brion - Frankreich - Region: Bordeaux - Apellation: Bordeaux - Merlot blend - 750 ml. 96 RP


External Review
05/07/2010

An extremely impressive, yet slightly hard wine; still closed, but could be as great as the 1952. Dark ruby in color and very aromatic, with a rich cherry aromas. Full-bodied, with full tannins and plenty of fruit, yet very closed and tight on the fi... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1986 Mission Haut Brion, La 750ml


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07/10/2009

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External Review
07/25/2014

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 c


External Review
11/18/2011

Dark plum/ruby with a dusty, earthy, cigar box-scented nose, this somewhat austere, medium-bodied La Mission-Haut-Brion shows plenty of tannin in a somewhat muscular style without the charm and seductiveness of the ripest years. Nevertheless, the aro... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1986 Mission Haut Brion, La 750ml


External Review
01/19/2012

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 hope... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1986 Haut Brion 750ml


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12/11/2009

...Aromas of cedar, tea, berry, cherry and leather. Medium- to full-bodied, with velvety tannins. Soft and delicious, but slightly dry on the finish... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1986 Haut Brion 750ml


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