95-100 / 100
95-100 / 100
Label Slightly damaged
Label Fairly damaged
This summer, the weather conditions were excellent, but the month of September was rainy. Immediately afterwards, the sun returned until the harvest, bringing the grapes to superb maturity.
1986 is another exceptional vintage following on from 1985. Rarely has a vintage (until 2000, 2005 and 2010) been so powerful and concentrated from the outset. You have to go back to the legendary 1961 to find such richness and balance before it. Château Margaux 1986 is a rich, fairly firm and tannic wine.
CHÂTEAU GRAND PUY LACOSTE 1986
Ribera del Duero
CHÂTEAU PHELAN SEGUR Magnum 1986
CHÂTEAU LA TOUR DU PIN FIGEAC 1986
(12-2016) The 1986 Chateau Margaux is one of the dark horses of the vintage. It has an exquisite bouquet that is now fully mature, with a mixture of red and black fruit, violets, pastilles and hints of cold stone. It blossoms in the glass, gaining intensity all the time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a more robust Margaux as you would expect given the vintage, clearly with firm backbone, more straight-laced than the 1985 or 1989. Yet there is wonderful delineation and focus here. If you seek strictness and classicism in a wine, then this is the place to come, plus there is superb mineralité and tension on the ferrous finish. Perhaps a little overlooked in recent years, the 1986 Margaux comes highly recommended for those who love the property. This is a wine finally coming of age.