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Monday, April 28, 2008

1986 Château Haut-Brion

I feel truly privileged to have had the opportunity to taste such and amazing wine and experience the prestige and greatness of this Chateau. Whether or not the aristocratic and exalting feeling it gives one to consume a wine of this stature had any influence on my tasting notes is up for debate. However, I will try to express in words the nuances of this wine. The color of this wine was very dark and dense and impressed right from the start. On color alone one would surmise that this wine could easily age for another 20 years. The nose was full of aromas of sweet tobacco, tea leaf, soft plum, and an ever unfolding floral bouquet which blossomed with every minute in the glass. On the palate the wine was incredibly soft but the acidity still shows strength on the finish which also suggests that this wine still has strong potential for extended agability. Plums, tobacco, and tea leaf all notes that where found in the bouquet translated beautifully onto the palate. Amazing length on the finish and 2-3 minutes later you're still tasting this wine. Hard to fully describe a wine so complex and interesting but you could sum it up in just a couple of words, "an experience". 95 points


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