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1986 Château Mouton Rothschild

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

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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

    The 1986 Mouton-Rothschild is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot that was picked from 2 October until 16 October. Winemaker Philippe Dhalluin, who was not working at the property back then, told me that the pH was fairly low at 3.54 when it is usually around 3.75, due to the natural tartaric acid in the vines. It has a powerful and intense bouquet as always: exemplary graphite and cedar scents, a touch of black pepper and incense. It seems to unfurl in the glass, like a motor revving its engine. The palate is beautifully balanced with its trademark firm tannic structure, a Mouton-Rothschild with backbone and masculinity. Layers of black fruit intermingling with mint and graphite, a hint of licorice emanating from the Merlot, gently fanning out and my God, it is incredibly long. It is not like the 1985 Mouton-Rothschild that is so fleshy and generous. This is serious, aristocratic Mouton, a true vin de garde and yes, I do think drinkers will have to wait until it reaches its true peak. Sometimes that's just the way it is. Tasted September 2016.
    Drink Dates: 2021 - 2050
    Author: Neal Martin
    Issue: 228
  • 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
    Issue: Jun 30, 2001
  • 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
  • Vinous | Rating: 99

    Philippe Dhalluin served the 1986 Mouton Rothschild to wrap up our vertical. The 1986 remains one of my favorite Moutons. A dark, powerful wine, the 1986 is endowed with a vertical sense of structure that is a marvel to behold. Dark stone fruit, smoke, graphite, mocha, soy and licorice are fused together in a marvelously intense, deep Mouton that promises to drink well for another few decades. Tonight, the 1986 is absolutely stunning. The blend is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Harvest started on October 2nd and wrapped up on the 16th.
    Drink Dates: 2016 - 2036
    Author: Antonio Galloni
    Issue: May 2016
  • James Suckling | Rating: 100

    This is finally coming around with such fine tannins and beautiful fruit after all these years. Full and balanced. Historical. And so long. Stunning. Fresh and bright.
    Author: James Suckling
    Issue: Thursday, October 17, 2019
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Author: dave1161
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Tj R
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: Matt
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Author: rsfj
  • 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)