1986 Bordeaux Wine Buying Guide Tips on Best Value Wines

1986 Bordeaux Wine Buying Guide Tips on Best Value Wines

This Bordeaux wine value buying guide page is a list of the top 1986 Bordeaux wines in the market for the money today. These are the best Bordeaux wines from the vintage combining quality, character and price from every major Bordeaux appellation.

1986 Bordeaux was widely awarded high scores from most for the most wine ciritics when the vintage was first tasted.  Since that time, the vintage has not developed well.  With few exceptions, the wines are hard, tannic and severe.  The hot, dry year favored the Cabernet Sauvignon based wines from the Medoc. The best wines were produced in the appellations of Pauillac and St. Julien. While the wines will easily last 50 years and some cases, 100 years, very few award much pleasure. For more details on the 1986 Bordeaux vintage, harvest and the wines: 1986 Bordeaux Wine . For tips on other Bordeaux value wines and vintages: Bordeaux Wine Buying Guide Find the Best Bordeaux for the money to buy today (Vintages 1959 to today)

1986 Sweet white Bordeaux wine from Sauternes are stunning.  At 25 years of age, they are drinking perfectly. Only Chateau d’Yquem requires further aging.


Certan de May

Ducru Beaucaillou

Gruaud Larose 96 Pts

L’Eglise Clinet

Leoville Las Cases 97 Pts

Lynch Bages 90 Pts

Pape Clement

Pichon Lalande 93 Pts

Rauzan-Segla 96 Pts

Talbot 85 Pts

1986 Bordeaux Value Wines Sauternes

Climens 95 Pts

de Fargues

La Tour Blanche


Raymond Lafon 90 Pts


d’Yquem Chateau d’Yquem is a truly expensive wine.  But with new vintages selling for the same price as 1986, and as the ’86 is stunning and ready to drink, if you’ve ever wanted to experience what d’Yquem is all about, this is the wine to buy. 96 Pts