1986 Mouton Rothschild (12-Pack OWC)- 750 ml
Wine Critic Reviews:
John Gilman | 92+ JG
Wonderful, concentrated and still astonishingly young, this has brushes of violet aromatics rising above the tight cassis fruits and rich black truffle, and the classic menthol edging of a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated Pauillac. We drank this over lunch and it was breathtaking, but were told that 24 hours later it had blossomed even further, so make sure you give this a serious amount of time in carafe to open up - something that gives you just a small clue as to how structured, layered and complex the wine we are dealing with here is.
Decanter | 100 DEC
The 1986 Mouton-Rothschild is a behemoth that almost has a California-like richness and sweetness of fruit. Offering incredible yet classic Cabernet Sauvignon notes of crème de cassis, tobacco leaf, lead pencil shavings, and wood smoke, this beauty starts out reticent and backward (which is mind blowing for a wine that’s 32 years old) yet opens up gorgeously with time in the glass. Full-bodied, deep, rich and unctuous, yet still incredibly pure and lively, it’s a sensational, benchmark Bordeaux that probably has another 2+ decades of longevity.
Jeb Dennuck | 100 JD
This is finally coming around with such fine tannins and beautiful fruit after all these years. Full and balanced. Historical. And so long. Stunning. Fresh and bright.
James Suckling | 100 JS
After stumbling over some wines I thought were high class Bordeaux, I nailed this wine in one of the blind tastings for this article. In most tastings where a great Bordeaux is inserted with California Cabernets, the Bordeaux comes across as drier, more austere, and not nearly as rich and concentrated (California wines are inevitably fruitier and more massive). To put it mildly, the 1986 Mouton-Rothschild held its own (and then some), in a flight that included the Caymus Special Selection, Stags Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23, Dunn Howell Mountain, and Joseph Phelps Eisele Vineyard. Clearly the youngest looking, most opaque and concentrated wine of the group, it tastes as if it has not budged in development since I first tasted it out of barrel in March, 1987. An enormously concentrated, massive Mouton-Rothschild, comparable in quality, but not style, to the 1982, 1959, and 1945, this impeccably made wine is still in its infancy. Interestingly, when I was in Bordeaux several years ago, I had this wine served to me blind from a magnum that had been opened and decanted 48 hours previously. Even then, it still tasted like a barrel sample! I suspect the 1986 Mouton-Rothschild requires a minimum of 15-20 more years of cellaring; it has the potential to last for 50-100 years! Given the outrageously high prices being fetched by so many of the great 1982s and 1990s (and lest I forget, the 1995 Bordeaux futures), it appears this wine might still be one of the "relative bargains" in the fine wine marketplace. I wonder how many readers will be in shape to drink it when it does finally reach full maturity?
Robert Parker | 100 RP
Philippe Dhalluin served the 1986 Mouton Rothschild to wrap up our vertical. The 1986 remains one of my favorite Moutons. A dark, powerful wine, the 1986 is endowed with a vertical sense of structure that is a marvel to behold. Dark stone fruit, smoke, graphite, mocha, soy and licorice are fused together in a marvelously intense, deep Mouton that promises to drink well for another few decades. Tonight, the 1986 is absolutely stunning. The blend is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Harvest started on October 2nd and wrapped up on the 16th.
Vinous Media | 99 VM
Ageless, yet balanced. Black color. Mint, mineral, berry and cherry. Full-bodied, chewy and tight. Long, long finish. A great, great wine.--Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now.
Wine Spectator | 99 WS
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Gigantic, powerful as a youth and going upwards.If I was a collector I wouldn't pass an opportunity like this. Gigantic, powerful as a youth and going upwards. This wine is definitely worth checking out. The palate was big and kept unfolding, and the focus simply incredible. Where it lost me was in the ever-so-strong tannins and, quite frankly, the paralyzing boldness. It's apparent that the wine needs some more cellar time before integrating and softening up around the edges. Personally I don't find this problematic, it's just how it is momentarily, but I do predict it to become a sublime, completed experience in at least 3-5 years from now. Could have a profound drinking span of over 50 years from then on.
Such vibrancy and central strengthI could have sworn this is a fresh, new and highly-potent Bordeaux. Such vibrancy and central strength, the bouquet that could probably be loud and clear in the next room, the overwhelming bunch of fruit on the palate… the wine's unbelievable. Twenty something years in, this good and still not even hitting the plateau? What else to say when the wine's been sitting out for four full hours before others tasted it and still had the same exact energy and opulence to it, as if opened seconds ago. I'm making sure to grab a couple more of these bottles while they're still available. Can't imagine what a legend this will become once it fully matures.