1986 Margaux

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / MARGAUX
  • 98 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 53554-1986-3000-3A
  • Bordeaux Book(2003) | Rating: 98

    A 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: 98

    A 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: 93

    Racy 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: 17

    Very tight and unyielding. Mineral with a slightly dry end. Still very taut. I would wait awhile for this.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Author: dave1161
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Bright ,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: 95

    Author: Tj R
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Auction 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: 2008-2028
    Author: Miguel L
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Early
    Author: marv
  • Self | Rating: 91

    good time to drink! tannin smooth
    Author: Wang Chong
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Initially 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=94
    Author: taipanli
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Not as good as the 1985 as it lacked the same level of nuances and finish, but was very smooth.
    Author: G
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Simply 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: 2009-2030
    Author: Will M.
  • Self | Rating: 95

    This is starting to mature. Classic Margaux with cedar box and earthy spice.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2030
    Author: Conrad K
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Very 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: 2008-2050
    Author: Anthony D526
Chateau Margaux is one of the five First Growths ranked in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. The neo-Palladian style chateau was built in the 18th century by architect Louis Combes for the Marquis de la Colonilla. Chateau Margaux has been well regarded in history and stands among Thomas Jefferson's favorite chateaux. Since 1977, the estate has been directed by the Mentzelopoulos family with winemaking team director Paul Pontallier, cellar master Jean Grangerou and consulting oenologist Emile Peynaud. The vineyards are primarily Cabernet Sauvignon (75%), with the balance composed of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. In addition to the chateau's grand vin, the estate produces a second label called Pavillon Rouge de Chateau Margaux and Pavillon Blanc de Chateau Margaux, a white made from Sauvignon Blanc. Chateau Margaux's finest vintages include 1900, 1928, 1953, 1961, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1990, 1996, 2000, 2003, and 2005.

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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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.

White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, 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 Bordeaux.

Sauternes 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 Château d’Yquem 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 Château Haut-Brion, Château Pape Clément, and Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Léognan and Graves. 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)