A profound wine of a great northern Medoc vintage, seamless from first impression to finish.
The 1986 Mouton has a dark, intense colour with a ruby tint and reveals a nose of nuts and prunes made more complex by notes of toffee, rancio, peppery spice and cedarwood.
On the palate, the wine is powerful, rich and smooth, displaying an array of jammy fruit, wild berry and blackcurrant liqueur flavours. The the tannins are forward and tightly-knit and seque into a finish on notes of toast.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (RP): 100
"Deep garnet-black color. An incredible array of aromas on the nose: blackberry, black cherry, tobacco, espresso, leather, black olive and loam. The palate is absolutely seamless from first impression to finish, effortlessly building layers of complexity in the mouth and leading to a very long, earth and spice finish. I can’t see how this could possibly be improved, so have no alternative but concede perfection. Drink now to 2045+."
Stephen Tanzer (ST): 98
"(80% cabernet sauvignon, 10% merlot, 8% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot...) Very deep, saturated ruby with only a hint of garnet at the rim. ipe red and black fruits, mint, vanilla, minerals and delicate black pepper on the captivating nose. ery rich, big and deep, with a luscious texture and ripe flavors similar to the aromas. inishes smoothly tannic and very long, with building sweetness. his gorgeous Mouton, though massively built, also reflects the long hang time of the berries, which led to a perfect polymerization of its tannins and a fleshy structure ... I also like the fact that, although it's very sweet and creamy, strong acidity ... is keeping it vibrant ..."
Wine Spectator (WS): 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."