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There are few places where terroir truly affects production but Château Haut-Bailly is definitely one of those. Château Haut-Bailly has a distinctive style that harmoniously combines classicism with modernity, elegance, finesse and softness with structure. The silky smoothness of the tannins echoes the elegant yet complex aromas.


Château Haut-Bailly has great ageing potential and consistently wins praise from experts who agree that it offers complex pleasure and a richness that is neither aggressive nor ostentatious. These are natural qualities which Haut-Bailly is determined to keep.
Each year the team at Château Haut-Bailly works hard at developing the quality of the wines without interfering with nature. Since 1998, thanks to even more stringent selection controls, the wine has gained a greater depth and precision.

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Like the 1996, this is another atypical Haut-Bailly made entirely from Cabernet Sauvignon. The run-in to the harvest went well but there was heavy rain in mid-September, before the fine weather returned in October.

Garnet/mahogany. A developed nose of cedarwood, with fresher floral notes. The Cabernet character is very strong, particularly in the tannins, and the wine has a leanness that is revealed in the absence of the plumpening Merlot. Good and surprisingly subtle length, with plenty of fruit, acid, and tannin. True to its vintage and will keep going for some time yet. Currently it needs food to counterpoint the tannin. Some tasters found the wine slightly funky, so a second bottle was opened. It was totally different. With the (Brett?) veil removed, the 1986 was much more open and aromatic. Spicy and minty on the palate. Very good. Age to 2020? 93

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 Stuart George, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  Château Haut-Bailly 1986  ( Château Haut-Bailly )

Like the 1996, this is another atypical Haut-Bailly made entirely from Cabernet Sauvignon. The run-in to the harvest went well but there was heavy rain in mid-September, before the fine weather returned in October.

Garnet/mahogany. A developed nose of cedarwood, with fresher floral notes. The Cabernet character is very strong, particularly in the tannins, and the wine has a leanness that is revealed in the absence of the plumpening Merlot. Good and surprisingly subtle length, with plenty of fruit, acid, and tannin. True to its vintage and will keep going for some time yet. Currently it needs food to counterpoint the tannin. Some tasters found the wine slightly funky, so a second bottle was opened. It was totally different. With the (Brett?) veil removed, the 1986 was much more open and aromatic. Spicy and minty on the palate. Very good. Age to 2020? 93

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