1986 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux - 750ml

1986 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux - 750ml

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1986 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux - 100 Pts!
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 Stag's 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? RP

Product Details

Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Vintage 1986
Rating RP100/WS99/ST95
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Location Pauillac
Producer Mouton-Rothschild
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating RP100 1986 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux - 100 Pts! 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 Stag's 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? RP

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Winery Details

Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Vintage 1986
Rating RP100/WS99/ST95
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Location Pauillac
Producer Mouton-Rothschild
Color Red
Wine Type Table

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