1986 Lafite Rothschild- 750 ml
Wine Critic Reviews:
Decanter | 100 DEC
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. Patience is required. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2030. Last tasted 11/94.
Robert Parker | 100 RP
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.
Vinous Media | 96 VM
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.--Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2003.
Wine Spectator | 94 WS
Sokolin 1986 Lafite Rothschild Tasting Notes:
The flavor profile is as wide as it is explosive, with hints of pencil shavings and sharp spices paving the way for delicious cassis and menthol. Leathery notes combine with salty minerals to express the full potential of Cabernet Sauvignon. If you have a set of guests to impress or want to make a great first impression at a meeting or date, you cannot go wrong with a bottle of 1986 Lafite Rothschild. Its history is as rich as the flavors you will experience, and its legacy will live on forever.
|Country||France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.|
|Region||Bordeaux: Even among the greatest and most reputable wine regions on the planet, Bordeaux stands above the rest. The winemakers of this region have a single-minded dedication to the fine art of viticulture and their efforts never fail to show. If you consider yourself a fine wine enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to visit Bordeaux - life changing. Whether you wish to drink some inspirational and gripping wine as soon as possible, or you want to add some masterpieces to your collection, no region on Earth is a more obvious choice. The noble and beautiful Garonne and Dordogne rivers surge through southwestern France, enriching the soil in a way very few other places can boast. The limestone-based earth is rich in calcium, and the almost oceanic climate conditions give the staple Bordeaux grape varietals vigor and flavor like nowhere else. For their illustrious reds, Bordeaux winemakers rely on a proven combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Meanwhile, a sip of their excellent white wine hints at the use of Semillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc.Each of these varietals carries a unique identity, making every quality wine a character piece to rival Citizen Kane. It can be incredibly hard to choose only a few wines to collect for your cellar!|
|Type of Wine||Bordeaux Red: Picture in your mind a combination of cedar, lead pencil, blackcurrant, plum and mineral aromatics, and texture that caresses your palate like a playful lover. The experience is thrilling from the first whiff to the final seconds of a tannic, generous finish - that is what you'll get from a Bordeaux Red|
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Outstanding balance and fantastic acidityThis is a very fine wine. My friends and I opened a bottle to celebrate a friend's promotion at work and he's had this bottle for some time now. I've always loved reds, especially deep-colored, strong, powerful wines. I'm not really into the feminine, sweet ones. This one is sweet, don't get me wrong, but the balance is outstanding. It also has fantastic acidity. The aftertaste is quite yummy, stays long in your mouth. <br/> <br/>What I didn't quite like was the lack of density. I'm used to dense, concentrated and complex wines, which is usually the case with a Lafite. But other people at the event were complaining as well, so it might have been a bad bottle. It's a shame, though. I hope I'll grab hold of another one soon, so I can give it a second chance.
it will leave you speechlessA great vintage year and another Lafite bottle that will leave you speechless! I tried this one at an event at the French embassy and no wonder they decided to offer the 1986 bottle to their guests! They knew we would be impressed! <br/> <br/>The flavor was absolutely spellbinding for me. Unlike anything I've tasted in my life. Such density and spectacular tannins, I almost felt as if I were eating currants and other dark fruits. I loved how it slid smoothly down my throat, so easy to drink, and I've heard it's still got more to live, at least a decade. I don't think it will lose any of its fantastic traits any time soon. I'm really looking forward to drinking it again.