Robert Parker 89
Tasted from an ex-chateau bottle at the Lafleur vertical dinner at Attersee in Austria. It has been a full 12 years since I last tasted the ’86 Lafleur in what was a far more challenging season than the ’85. Firstly, its appearance is more advanced than the previous vintage with a degraded brick core. The nose is a little dusty with scents of red brick and undergrowth ” firmly into its secondary aroma stage. With continued aeration there is a touch of wild mushroom. The palate is better than the nose suggests with a touch of piquancy on the entry that jolts it into life. It is refined with strong Cabernet Franc towards the masculine finish that exhibits some drying and therefore I would not leave this too much longer. Tasted June 2012.
Magnum Very dark crimson. Big, bold and evolved nose. Ready to drink – luscious and peppery and spicy with real velvety gorgeousness – quite unlike so many of the tight furled 1986s. Great for now even if the tannins are slightly less sophisticated than some other vintages. Very long – just not very sleek. Rather rustic tannins – ancient regime.
Anticipated maturity: 2005-2014