- Region: Red Bordeaux
- Vintage: 1986
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Score: 89+ Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003
By Palmer's more precocious standards, the 1986 is tightly-knit and closed. It reveals an impressive dark ruby/purple color, with a slight lightening at the edge. Aromatically, the wine is tight, with some black fruit, floral, truffle, and cigar box scents emerging after extended breathing. On the palate, the wine possesses excellent ripeness and richness, but all of it is submerged under layers of high tannin. The wine has been going through a compressed, ungracious stage, and seems destined for a far shorter life than I originally projected. Like so many of the 1986 Medocs, this effort from Palmer has the capacity to test its purchasers' patience. The wine will not be a great Palmer, but I have high hopes that it is going to merit the affixed numerical score, and perhaps even turn out to be outstanding. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2015. Last tasted 9/97
Score: 88+ Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998
Smooth and succulent, with attractive earth, tobacco and cassis aromas and flavors. Despite its intensity and concentration, it never loses its sense of balance and harmony. Drinkable now but better if you can cellar it longer.
Score: 94 James Suckling, Wine Spectator, June 1989
Sweeter and more plummy on the nose than the 1985. More cedary but also cassis and dark chocolate/mocha. Seems far more youthful than the 1985. More primary dark fruit. Firmer, fuller and less perfumed but still with a fine freshness. Fine-grained tannins still have some grip though they taste fully ripe. More powerful than the 1985, less scented but more fruit. Grip on the finish is just a little dry. Drink 1997 - 2017.
Score: 17 Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, November 2009