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Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1986

Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
  • RP 100
  • WS 94
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Winemaker Notes

1986 produced a plentiful harvest of high quality-- deep garnet in color, concentrated but rather light, and with a remarkable tannin. In a word, it was a great combination of vintage 1945 and 1949. It is a very good vintage with considerable potential that is destined for a long evolution.

Critical Acclaim

RP 100
The Wine Advocate

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. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2030. Last tasted 10/94.

WS 94
Wine Spectator

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. Best after 2003.

Chateau Lafite Rothschild

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Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac, France - Bordeaux
Chateau Lafite Rothschild
Chateau Lafite Rothschild is perhaps the most famous wine label in the world. The estate achieved wide popularity in the 1750s when it became the favorite wine of King Louis XV. Thomas Jefferson was also a steadfast customer and even visited the estate.

In 1868, Baron James de Rothschild became the owner of Lafite. He was a born dilettante, and it suited him to be the master of what, in 1855, was classified as first... View More