Chateau Mouton Rothschild Bordeaux

Chateau Mouton Rothschild Bordeaux

Bordeaux Blend from Pauillac

Vintage: 1986
Winery: Mouton-Rothschild
Description: 1986 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux - 100 pts! - Owc 12 pak. 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? Rp
Price: $18500.00

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First added to 1000 Corks on June 7, 2013.