1986 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac (high shoulder fills, some slightly depressed corks)

SKU #1196758 100 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 1986 possesses outstanding richness, a deep color, medium body, a graceful, harmonious texture, and superb length. The penetrating fragrance of cedar, chestnuts, minerals, and rich fruit is a hallmark of this wine. Powerful, dense, rich, and tannic, as well as medium to full-bodied, with awesome extraction of fruit, this Lafite has immense potential. (Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition) Inner quote mark (1/1998)

96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 1986 Lafite-Rothschild is a great wine although over several recent encounters it is never a convincing "perfect" wine. This mirrors the bottle I tasted at the property in 2016: blackberry and graphite on the nose, gawky at first, but coalescing with time. The palate is well balanced with firm tannins, strong graphite scents unfolding with time, superb energy if not delivering quite the finesse and precision that the very best Lafite-Rothschild will bestow. This is a wine that benefits from long decanting, say five or six hours, though it never quite reaches the ethereal heights that it could have done. Tasted at the International Business & Wine First Growth Dinner at the Four Seasons. (NM) Inner quote mark (7/2018)

94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark The wine seems fully mature, more so than the '89 (or the '82, tasted recently, but not for this vertical). The aromas were savoury roast meat, black plum, fig, and prune touched with smoke, coffee, and truffle. The texture was dense and extraordinarily tannic. The finish was long, and there was a touch of soy sauce right at the end. The 1986 vintage featured a dry spring followed by a hot summer, but there were small, sporadic rain showers that meant the grapes did not suffer drought stress. At Lafite the final blend was 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, and 15% Merlot. (CC) Inner quote mark (3/2022)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A firm, young wine. Dark ruby color. Intense aromas of blackberry and mint. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long finish. Still needs time. Inner quote mark (6/2001)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark A mild winter followed by a cold and wet spring to start the year. Fortunately, a hot summer interspersed with storms in July and August, and an absolutely exceptional after-season, wiped out the worries experienced before the summer, allowing the grapes to be harvested in perfect condition. The harvest took place without a single day of rain and at a particularly slow pace to be sure that our precious grapes reached maximum ripeness. A great year with radiant wines! This was by far the most youthful and concentrated of the trio (1983, 1985 and 1986) of Lafite vintages served blind with masses of tannins still in evidence. Sweet and arguably just slightly lacking freshness and energy compared with the 1985 – also thicker. But there is still the Lafite polish. This could be drunk now but should last an age. More solid and stolid than most Lafites. 18/20 points (JR) Inner quote mark (5/2018)

K&L Notes

100 points, Jane Anson for Decanter:" We are in perfectly-aged claret territory here, the most beautiful impression of a wine at its plateau. It's perfectly ready to drink and is still generous, with a long life ahead of it. Its spicy notes, touches of pencil lead and still-concentrated cassis combine with menthol, buttery leather and that classic Médoc saline, mineral-edged flourish - this is the height of well-aged Cabernet Sauvignon." (05/2018)

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