1986 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan
Remarkably elegant and graceful with firm tannic structure and currant, cassis, cedar and earth flavors that are complex and intriguing. Built for the long run, but almost drinkable now.
Very dark ruby. All Cabernet Sauvignon. Very zesty. The Brie flatters this wine and makes it taste fuller. Very long and quite high VA. 17.5/20 points.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Considering the strong, tannic personality of the vintage, Haut Bailly's 1986 is a soft wine that can be drunk at a very early age. The full-intensity bouquet of sweet, smoky oak and ripe, plummy fruit is very attractive. On the palate, this medium-bodied wine is long, rich in fruit, and supple, and finishes surprisingly smoothly. (RP)