1986 Lafite-Rothschild

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / PAUILLAC
  • 94 WS
  • 16 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend

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SKU: 52681-1986-750-3C
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 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.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Still quite purplish crimson. Toasted nose. Very, very ripe and arresting. Quite taut and still quite tannic. So while the nose beguiles, the palate is uncomfortably, scratchily dry. This wine may get there eventually but it's a bit hollow now.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 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.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Author: dave1161
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Author: winefolio
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Drink Dates: 2000-2030
    Author: NCL
  • Anonymous | Rating:

    Excellent.
    Author: Chez Fisher
  • Self | Rating:

    Parker 100
    Author: tukun
  • Self | Rating:

    Traditionally: between 80 and 95 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 5 and 20 % Merlot, and up to 3 % Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot
    Author: flash73mg
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.

See other similar producers:Chateau Mouton Rothschild,Chateau Petrus,Chateau Cos D'Estournel
Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 4795 bottles owned
  • 608 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 100
    (Out of 608 collectors)