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1986 Château Mouton Rothschild

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / PAUILLAC
  • 100 WA
  • 99 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • 93 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 55025-1986-750-1A

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    ($310-$575) Good medium ruby. Currant, currant leaf, cedar and dusty oak on the nose. Tightly wound and classic, with fabulous acids contributing to its powerful spine. Wonderfully pure and intense, with great verve and grip. But still quite locked up, and hiding its density. Finishes firmly tannic and extremely long. I remember mistaking the '86 Mouton for such international stars as Sassicaia in the early '90s, when it showed greater sweetness, but this wine has been quite shut down for the past several years. The '86 and the '82 appear clearly to be the two greatest vintages for Mouton since the 1959.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2002
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    After stumbling over some wines I thought were high class Bordeaux, I nailed this wine in one of the blind tastings for this article. In most tastings where a great Bordeaux is inserted with California Cabernets, the Bordeaux comes across as drier, more austere, and not nearly as rich and concentrated (California wines are inevitably fruitier and more massive). To put it mildly, the 1986 Mouton-Rothschild held its own (and then some), in a flight that included the Caymus Special Selection, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23, Dunn Howell Mountain, and Joseph Phelps Eisele Vineyard. Clearly the youngest looking, most opaque and concentrated wine of the group, it tastes as if it has not budged in development since I first tasted it out of barrel in March, 1987. An enormously concentrated, massive Mouton-Rothschild, comparable in quality, but not style, to the 1982, 1959, and 1945, this impeccably made wine is still in its infancy. Interestingly, when I was in Bordeaux several years ago, I had this wine served to me blind from a magnum that had been opened and decanted 48 hours previously. Even then, it still tasted like a barrel sample! I suspect the 1986 Mouton-Rothschild requires a minimum of 15-20 more years of cellaring; it has the potential to last for 50-100 years! Given the outrageously high prices being fetched by so many of the great 1982s and 1990s (and lest I forget, the 1995 Bordeaux futures), it appears this wine might still be one of the |relative bargains| in the fine wine marketplace. I wonder how many readers will be in shape to drink it when it does finally reach full maturity?
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 99

    Ageless, yet balanced. Black color. Mint, mineral, berry and cherry. Full-bodied, chewy and tight. Long, long finish. A great, great wine.--Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Quite exceptional depth and youthfulness of colour ? it looks younger than either the 1989 or 1990, and possibly even than the 1995! Still quite amazingly closed on the nose. There is obviously quite a bt of alcohol in this wine, perhaps a note of licorice again. Thick, deep, brooding, this wine hardly seems to have changed over the last 15 years. Very, very dry with lots of tannin on the finish which I am forced to wonder whether they will ever be resolved? This is like very dry blackcurrant essence with a note of menthol. Overall at the moment this is still a bit of a brute and I do wonder whether it will ever soften?
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 100

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  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Tj R
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: Matt
  • Self | Rating: 98

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  • Self | Rating: 99

    Author: Danl
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Purchased from Marketplace - no decant. Medium/deep garnet - still vibrant and youthful in appearance. Nose didn't give away very much but typically Mouton fruit and floral notes. In mouth, what struck me was how youthful and fresh this tasted yet showing the balance of a well aged claret. Medium bodied, balanced, refreshing and well defined. This obviously kept evolving in glass and although it didn't disappoint in the least bit, I wasn't blown away. Compared with the 95 which I know well, this is very similar but a step up in balance, structure and expression. The Mouton for Mouton lovers? 50+9+8+20+10=97
    Author: taipanli
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Top shoulder fill, cork had a 100% bleed but no signs of seepage under the cap, this was a concern at first. Out of the bottle the fruit was muted and the wine smelled a bit musty. Decanted 4 hours, This wine is dark in color, opaque and browning ever so slightly, the nose has cleaned up a bit from what it was and shows bright, ripe currants, pit of plum, sweet red berry fruit accented by dried herbs, mild Indian spice, dried roses, very exotic in a sense. The palate shows great balance, sweet red berry fruit, medium intensity, soft caressing but persistent tannin. I wish this was a perfect bottle but the cork just did not hold up on this one.
    Author: BORDEAUXLICIOUS
Chateau Mouton-Rothschild is a First Growth Bordeaux estate located in the village of Paulliac. The chateau was originally known as Chateau Brane-Mouton while in the possession of the Barons de Brane, but was given its current name by Nathaniel de Rothschild in 1853. The current owner is Philippine de Rothschild, Nathaniel's great-great granddaughter. Mouton-Rothschild is known for being the first estate to initiate complete chateau-bottling in 1924 and for being the only estate from the 1855 classification to be reclassified (upgraded to First Growth in 1973). Mouton's bottles are unique in that each label is designed by a famous artist of the day. This feature makes Mouton-Rothschild especially attractive to collectors. Not to be confused with the grand vin, Mouton also makes a generic Bordeaux called Mouton Cadet, which is dramatically lower in price and highly distributed. The estate also produces a dry Bordeaux Blanc called Ailes d'Argent.

Chateau Mouton-Rothschild is made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, with annual production varying between 20-25,000 cases. The vineyards are comprised of gravel on a subsoil of marl and clay. Mouton is one of the last Medoc estates to ferment its wine in oak vats. Maturation is done in new oak casks. Mouton is a complex wine with an exotic character and powerful tannins. The bouquet features black currants, cedar, pencil lead, licorice, and spice. Younger vintages appear opaque or deep purple, while older vintages tend to show more garnet. Some of the best vintages of Mouton-Rothschild include 1945, 1953, 1982, 1986, 1995, 1989 and 2002.

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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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 5642 bottles owned
  • 765 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 97
    (Out of 765 collectors)