1986 Lafite-Rothschild 3.0L

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1986 Lafite-Rothschild
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Reviews For This Wine


 
Bordeaux Book(1998) | 100

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.

Drink Dates: 2000-2030
Author: Robert Parker


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Wine Spectator | 94

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.

Drink Dates: 2003+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 100
Author: NCL
Trust Rating: 94
Drink Dates: 2000-2030
Score:
Author: tukun
Trust Rating: 10
Tasted On: 06/05/2012
Parker 100

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Score:
Author: Chez Fisher
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 05/25/2011
Drink Dates:
Excellent.
Score:
Author: flash73mg
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/10/2009
Traditionally: between 80 and 95 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 5 and 20 % Merlot, and up to 3 % Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot
Score: 100
Author: winefolio
Trust Rating: 81
Tasted On: 03/04/2009

About This Producer


Chateau Lafite-Rothschild is one of the Bordeaux First Growths in Pauillac, and possesses a long history of exceptional quality. In the 17th century, the vineyards were owned by Alexandre de Segur, also proprietor of Chateau Latour. After the French revolution, the chateau was purchased by several Dutch merchants before the current owners, the Rothschild family, acquired it in 1868.

Chateau Lafite-Rothschild is one of the largest Medoc estates, producing 15,000 to 25,000 cases per year. The grand vin is composed primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon (up to 95%) with the balance divided between Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. 1994 and 1961 are exceptions, however, and consist of 99% and 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, respectively. Part of the estate's production goes to its second wine called Carruades de Lafite (previously names Moulin des Carruades) which is produced from up to 70% Cabernet, with a larger proportion of Merlot. The best vintages of Lafite include 1918, 1846, 1945, 1947, 1959, 1961, 1982, 1990, 2000, 2003, and 2005. Lafite has a balanced elegance supported by the structure of its tannins. It is both full-bodied and silky. Aromas include currant, leather, graphite and tobacco. As Lafite ages, it reveals more minerals, as well as almond, violet, and cedar.

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