The 1986 Chateau Margaux was even more emotionally moving. Still incredibly youthful, it showed incredible focus and depth, all backed up by considerable structure. As hard as it may seem to believe, on this night the 1986 appeared to still be some years away from peaking. It was striking in every way.
The 1986 Chateau Margaux is one of the dark horses of the vintage. It has an exquisite bouquet that is now fully mature, with a mixture of red and black fruit, violets, pastilles and hints of cold stone. It blossoms in the glass, gaining intensity all the time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a more robust Margaux as you would expect given the vintage, clearly with firm backbone, more straight-laced than the 1985 or 1989. Yet there is wonderful delineation and focus here. If you seek strictness and classicism in a wine, then this is the place to come, plus there is superb mineralité and tension on the ferrous finish. Perhaps a little overlooked in recent years, the 1986 Margaux comes highly recommended for those who love the property. This is a wine finally coming of age. Tasted July 2016.
Château Margaux is a jewel in the Medoc region of Bordeaux and is quintessential example of elegance, luxury, and balance that the rest of the world seeks. A high percentage of Merlot is blended with a Cabernet Sauvignon base compared to other First Growths and the soils are thin and gravely, producing a more feminine wine of strong aromas of dark berries, fine tannins, and a lengthy finish. The dramatic Château was declared an original First Growth during the 1855 Classification and has been a premier example of the potential of Bordeaux ever since.
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