Robert Parker 95
The 1986 Lafite Rothschild unfurls in the decanter and glass with aromas of earthy blackcurrant fruit mingled with notions of cigar box and red berries. Richer and darker in profile than the 1975 drunk alongside, it’s medium to full-bodied, ample and concentrated, displaying a velvety attack and a lively core of fruit, with just a touch of the tannic asperity that often defines this vintage in the Medoc making itself felt on the finish. As it approaches its 40th birthday, the 1986 Lafite still needs several hours’ decant to show its best.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2046