1986 Château Margaux
- 98 WA
- 93 WS
- 88 JR
Red Bordeaux Blend
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Bordeaux Book(2003) | Rating: 98A magnificent example of Chateau Margaux and one of the most tannic, backward Margauxs of the last 50 years, the 1986 continues to evolve at a glacial pace. The color is still a dense ruby/purple with just a hint of lightening at the rim. With several hours of aeration, the aromatics become striking, with notes of smoke, toast, creme de cassis, mineral, and white flowers. Very full-bodied, with high but sweet tannin, great purity, and a very masculine, full-bodied style, this wine should prove nearly immortal in terms of its aging potential. It is beginning to budge from its infantile stage and approach adolescence.Author: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate | Rating: 98A magnificent example of Chateau Margaux and one of the most tannic, backward Margauxs of the last 50 years, the 1986 continues to evolve at a glacial pace. The color is still a dense ruby/purple with just a hint of lightening at the rim. With several hours of aeration, the aromatics become striking, with notes of smoke, toast, creme de cassis, mineral, and white flowers. Very full-bodied, with high but sweet tannin, great purity, and a very masculine, full-bodied style, this wine should prove nearly immortal in terms of its aging potential. It is beginning to budge from its infantile stage and approach adolescence. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2050. Last tasted, 12/02.Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93Racy and powerful. Black color. Currants, tar and dried herbs. Full-bodied, with firm tannins. Slightly hollow center palate--a bit of a letdown. Better with more bottle age.--Bordeaux retrospective.Author: James Suckling
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17Very tight and unyielding. Mineral with a slightly dry end. Still very taut. I would wait awhile for this.Author: Jancis Robinson
Self | Rating: 98Author: dave1161
Self | Rating: 96Bright ,opaque ruby colour with no evolution showing, on the nose it has intense perfume, so intense that u can feel its impact from a decanter Aÿ6 feet away....mushroom, forest floor, truffle....on the plate Aÿ Medium body, the tannin is there but dissipates quickly, Aÿmany layers of complexity and red and Aÿblack berry fruit flavors, smooth and elegant, feminine and bold. Medium finish but the wine tastes rich and elegant.... Decant for three hours minimum.Author: BORDEAUXLICIOUS
Self | Rating: 95Author: Tj R
Self | Rating: 95Auction purchase a month ago. Opened two hours before serving. We did not decant. It was a 3 hour wine in the glass, you just did not want to see it disappear, the aromas were mind-blowing, like walking deeper and deeper into a garden of a thousand violets on a pine needle bed just turned. Great fruit, long long long long. Such balance, even as it gained strength. Easily another 10-15 years or more left in this vintage. Gorgeous. The Chateau rates this a 5-star vintage, and it's easy to see why. Nearly as captivating as the 1983, more power than elegance in comparison. Makes me certain to wait on the 1995 and 2000 vintages -- so much to look forward to in the biggest years from this First Growth. Any 1986 special anniversaries will be perfectly recognized with this Margaux!Drink Dates: 2008-2028Author: Miguel L
Self | Rating: 96EarlyAuthor: marv
Self | Rating: 91good time to drink! tannin smoothAuthor: Wang Chong
Self | Rating: 94Initially still tannic on opening and muted. However opens up nicely after a while in glass. Good balance with gradually smoothing tannins. Decent fruit notes but very feminine and elegant. Not a blockbuster but simply pleasant and comforting. 50+8+8+19+9=94Author: taipanli
Self | Rating: 96Not as good as the 1985 as it lacked the same level of nuances and finish, but was very smooth.Author: G
Self | Rating: 99Simply amazing, could have aged another 20 years. Opened it up for 3 hours before service and watched it evolve over another 3 hours. Still very youthful, but very elegant with soft tannins.Drink Dates: 2009-2030Author: Will M.
Self | Rating: 95This is starting to mature. Classic Margaux with cedar box and earthy spice.Drink Dates: 2015-2030Author: Conrad K
Self | Rating: 97Very fine dark crimson color; still youthful, vigorous, rich, profound nose of black fruit, tobacco, smoked meat, and vanillin oak; very concentrated on the palate; big & rich; enormous depth & power, yet very classy, tannins are significant but have softened and are well integrated; marvelous fruit; very, very long intense finish. This has been a slowly evolving, highly concentrated Margaux that is drinking beautifully now and should continue to do so for anther 20+ years.Drink Dates: 2008-2050Author: Anthony D526
Margaux is often considered the most "feminine" of the First Growths. It is sensuous with fine tannins that give it a sense of clarity. The wine has dark berry aromas such as boysenberry or blackberries. The bouquet is characterized by ripe black currants, spicy vanilla and violets. A strong minerality is often found in the lengthy finish.
Chateau Margaux, featured in The World of Fine Wine: Chateau Margaux A Deux
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White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of and , and come in a range of dry and sweet styles. Sémillon contributes body while Sauvignon Blanc adds high acidity, a characteristic that is particularly important in the sweet wines of .
is one of the world’s most prestigious regions for sweet wine production, made possible by Sémillon’s affinity for noble rot. Wines from world-renowned are fermented and matured in new oak for up to three years and can age for decades in bottle. These wines display complex aromas of melon, honey, apricot, citrus peel, mango, and butterscotch and develop added complexity and aromas with age.
The best dry wines from this blend come from producers such as , , and in and . These wines are typically fermented and matured in new oak and display a full-bodied richness with concentrated nutty flavors overlaying the fruit.Due to its freshness and flavor profile, dry white Bordeaux blends pair well with almost any white food, including all types of fish, poultry, veal, and pork. The sweet wines of Bordeaux pair well with foie gras, oysters, blue cheese, spicy food (particularly Asian cuisines), any dish with sweet notes, and of course, dessert.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 3982 bottles owned
- 601 collectors
- Average collector rating: 96
(Out of 601 collectors)