Château-Raymond-Lafon Sauternes 1986
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|Region||France, Bordeaux, Sauternes|
It is hard to believe the 1986 will eclipse the great 1983, but the differences in the two wines are negligible. I do not believe the 1986 makes quite the impact on the palate that the huge, massive 1983 does, but there is a great deal of botrytis, and a profound, penetrating fragrance of cooked pineapple, vanillin, toast, and honeyed peaches. The wine is streamlined, yet also lusciously rich and full-bodied, with crisp, zesty acidity, and a creamy, intense finish. Anticipated maturity: Now-2012. Last tasted, 3/92.
Unusually tight and hard, showing distinctive floral and lilac notes and earth, soil, honey and violet flavors, all nicely focused. A bit rough. Drinkable now; may be better in 1998.