Three 1986s: Definitely interesting.

jan. 3, 2010: we were invited to alan and marie-paule's house for a dinner of filet mignon, oyster dressing, black-eyed peas and cabbage (for good luck for the new year), and japanese sweet potatoes. victoria made a mustard-garlic vinagrette for a finishing salad. alan brought out three wines this time.

the first was a 1986 chat au longueville pauillac-medoc au baron de pichon-longueville bordeaux. alan was a bit disappointed that we did not drink this one immediately after opening it. he said it was more aromatic at first. victoria was not that impressed with the flavor or nose of this wine, which seemed weak. valued at $357.25 on snooth.com. 12.5 percent alcohol.

the second was a 1986 napa valley private reserve beringer cabernet sauvignon. victoria said this one had a fruitier nose and was more flavorful, though it wasn't as powerful as she had hoped. it did have a darker color than the first one. this one is now priced at $139, according to http://www.wineaccess.com/. it was 13.5 percent alcohol.

the third was a 1986 chateau coufran haut-medoc. victoria thought this was the best of the three. the nose was fruity, and the flavor was plum. this one is now valued at about $34, according to http://www.90plusratedwines.com/. it was 12 percent alcohol.

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