This vintage continues to test its owners' patience. In particular, the northern Medocs remain incredibly youthful, promise-filled wines (assuming they were purchased in a healthy condition and stored properly) that appear to be evolving at a glacial pace.
The 1986 performed exceptionally well in May, tasting like a 3-5 year old wine rather than one that's 14. The color is a dense ruby/purple with very little lightening. The nose offers up moderate quantities of minerals, leather, oak, and black fruits. Full, powerful, sweet, and rich, yet searingly tannic, this is an impressive, well-built, broodingly backward Lynch Bages that requires another 3-4 years of aging, although it can be consumed with some pleasure. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2020.Robert Parker, 92/100