1986 Palmer, Margaux

SKU #950620 94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Smooth and succulent, with attractive earth, tobacco and cassis aromas and flavors. Despite its intensity and concentration, it never loses its sense of balance and harmony. Drinkable now but better if you can cellar it longer. (Web-1989) Inner quote mark

93 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark It had been several years since I had last tasted the 1986 Palmer, which is a wine that I had always liked since first tasting it upon release, and found it singing at our vertical in October. The bouquet is deep, pure and aristocratic, as it soars from the glass in a perfumed blaze of mulberries, blood orange, Cuban tobacco, lovely soil tones, violets and a very delicate framing of cedary wood. On the palate the wine is medium-full, focused and utterly seamless, with a closed, intensely flavored personality, an excellent core of fruit, moderate tannins and absolutely stunning precision and grip on the very long, complex finish. This is a great Palmer in the making, and probably the most underrated vintage of the 1980s for this fine château. Inner quote mark (2/2008)

92 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Tasted at the Château Palmer vertical in London, the 1986 Château Palmer might not embrace you like the 1985, and yet it remains a Margaux with pedigree. It offers blackcurrant pastilles, raspberry and cedar on the nose, violets unfurling with time in the glass, guiding the drinker to its appellation of origin. The palate is medium-bodied and well balanced, as expected, more austere and reserved than the 1985, but with fine backbone and an attractive masculine, tobacco-infused finish that is precise and long. It is not in the same class as the 1989, but it has clearly reached its drinking plateau and should continue there for at least another decade. (NM) Inner quote mark (5/2016)

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