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Author: Robert Parker
While quite outstanding and deserving to be in any conscientiously stocked wine cellar, the 1986 Beychevelle does not quite have the extraordinary concentration and potential for longevity that I had thought it would. Nevertheless, this is still one of the best Beychevelles in the last 30 years. With its black/ruby color and huge bouquet of roasted fruit, this full-bodied, concentrated, rich wine should not be drunk before the mid-1990s.
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Remarkably complex with rich, concentrated, tannic currant, spice and anise flavors, wrapped in smoky, cedary oak that gets tastier with every sip. It's best to wait until this one can fully develop, in 1997 or '98.
Tasted On: 05/29/2013
Awesome barnyard French aged red. Almost as good as the '75 and could go longer too!
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 03/05/2013
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 04/02/2011
Decanted a few minutes before service. Deep, semi-opaque purple with dark red, slightly browning edges. St. Julien scents of cassis, warm earth (according to one guest, sun-warmed bricks), cedar, graphite and rich fruit. Seems much the same as my first bottle of this vintage, ten years ago - young, sweet, deep, friendly, and ripe - not "cussed" (JR's term) as a few '86s seem to remain. Lacks the complexity of top growths, but a fine showing.
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/11/2010
Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Wonderful year for Bordeaux. Delicious core of ripe dark berry and plum. Framed by notes of chalk, leather and bacon fat. Medium bodied but great depth and complexity. Fully integrated tannins provide a smooth, lengthy finish. Great elegance to this Bordeaux. Sadly, my last bottle of '86 Bordeaux!
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 02/12/2010
Drink Dates: 2010-2015
At it's peak, drinking well now.
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