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1986 Chateau Haut-Batailley

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1986 Chateau Haut-Batailley from Chateau Haut-Batailley, Pauillac, Bordeaux

In the constellation of Pauillac’s gems, the 1986 Chateau Haut-Batailley from Chateau Haut-Batailley glimmers with an intensity that outshines many in its category. As a critical year for Bordeaux, the 1986 vintage is notably distinguished by its particularly dry and warm growing season, which paved the way for a crop offering both robust structure and commendable longevity.


A Wine of Substance and Poise

An intimate reflection of its terroir, the 1986 Chateau Haut-Batailley showcases a meticulously woven tapestry of ripe cassis, intertwined with smoky oak and hints of earthy truffle – a signature of well-aged Pauillac. With each swirl one uncovers subtleties blossomed over decades: the softening of tannins yielding to velvety textures and the delicate dance of acidity maintaining an elegant poise.


Distinguished Pedigree: A Baton Passed Down

The composition of ripe Cabernet Sauvignon buttressed by Merlot and a touch of Cabernet Franc speaks to Pauillac’s time-honoured winemaking prowess. Such meticulously nurtured vines weathered the climatic challenges of ’86 to bequeath investors with a wine that steadily ascends in merit and market regard.

Illuminated by the patina of maturation, these bottles reflect not simply the outcome of a season's labour but rather a continuum of meticulous guardianship under Chateau Haut-Batailley's stewardship – a tradition steeped as much in viticulture as in value accrual.


Savouring History: Investment-calibre Elixir

What elevates this offering beyond its sensory pleasure is its steadfast appreciation among connoisseurs and investors alike. Given proper cellaring conditions, 1986 Chateau Haut-Batailley is not merely held; it is accrued – gaining in both complexity and fiscal esteem.

This wine is undeniably immensely investible yet invitingly drinkable, catering to both the collector craving vintages with appreciating potential and the aficionado yearning for vinous enlightenment. The 1986 Chateau Haut-Batailley continues to be one of those wisely chosen additions to a cellar's inventory – one that resonates with the astute investor’s aspiration for both liquid luxury and tangible asset progression.

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The 1986 Haut-Batailley has matured in splendid fashion. The nose is engaging, a mixture of red and black fruit, gravel and spice. Juxtaposed against the 1996 Haut-Batailley I find more energy in this, despite being ten years older. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, earthy black fruit with good acidity. It is not a complex Pauillac and the finish feels a tad staid, although the residue of white pepper and bay leaf on the finish is very pleasurable. This 1986 is clearly à point and should be drunk now and over the next 8-10 years. Tasted July 2016.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 30 December 2016

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