La Mission Haut Brion 1986
Tasting Notes La Mission Haut Brion 1986
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 aromatics are there, and the wine still tastes young, but I suspect there will always be a certain austerity to La Mission Haut-Brion's 1986. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2016. Last tasted, 9/02.
Tasted at the evening dinner in Southwold. I have never been totally convinced by the Mission '86. It has a very deep colour, typical of the vintage. The nose seems a little 'muddled', lacking the clarity that this estate usually provides. There are sullen black fruit, black olive and tertiary aromas. The palate is muscular and masculine, with dense, solid black fruit, aggressive tannins and a tobacco dominated finish. To repeat what I said back in 2008, it is a rather charmless La Mission Haut-Brion and I would perhaps rather than 1991. Tasted January 2012.