Sunday, October 19, 2008

Opus One Vertical--1986 Mouton Rothschild

7/4/08 (4th of July Bash) Vertical Opus One-1986 Mo

Opus One 1979 (first release), 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1990, 2004

1984-1st Place-Very fruity, lots of sediment, berry, plum.
1982-2nd Place-Excellent fruit, still young wine, bigger and more tannic than 84.
1979-3rd Place-Red currants & tobacco/earth, balanced, smooth, still healthy, tannin’s gone.
1981-4th Place-Fruity, mouth filling, big, some tannin.
1983-5th Place-Austere compared to others, pleasant and smooth. Red currants.
1980-6th Place-Bigger than others and not quite as fruity (1980 record summer heat) some tannin.
1990 & 2004-Young, needs more time, ripe blackberry fruit, long finish.

The 1986 Mouton (100 Points Robert Parker) lived up to its pedigree; elegant, intense,complex fruit, mouth filling, long finish, still with lots of life left.

1 comment:

Carl Hennige said...

The 86 Mouton was tasted by the same group in 2004, and it wasn't nearly as enjoyable. Quite tannic, little sediment and not as complex. Needed more time.