AOP - Appellation d’Origine Protégée (AOC)
1985 Château Margaux 1er Cru Classé, Margaux AOC,
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
Approaching full maturity, this beautifully sweet Chateau Margaux1985 has a dense plum/purple color and a huge, sweet nose of black currants intermixed with licorice, toast, underbrush, and flowers. Medium to full-bodied with supple tannin and a fleshy, juicy, very succulent and multi-layered mid-palate, this expansive, velvety wine has entered its plateau of maturity, where it should remain (assuming good storage) for at least another 10-15 years. A very delicious, seductive, and opulent Chateau Margaux to drink over the next two decades.
Anticipated maturity: Now-2015. Last tasted
1985 is my favourite vintage bar none. Yes, '61 may be more legendary, '49 more revered, but I have bought and drunk a lot of '85s over the past 30 years with unfailing success in the wines being both sumptuous and structured, in an immensely pleasurable vintage. This Margaux may be the pinnacle, a heavenly depth of graphite and cedar-touched ripe, but not overripe, black fruits, the lightest nuances of game and vanilla, and just a gorgeous, ethereal Margaux perfume. In the mouth the tannins are now resolved of course, but the fine-grained, supple nature is lovely and the fresh acidity gives this an alert, still energetic character at 33 years of age. Wonderful fruit, again just touched with cedar and game on the palate, but a depth of blackcurrant and edged by black plum and chocolate bittersweet notes. Long, not fading in the glass after an hour, and possibly with substantial time ahead for well-cellared bottles.
|Grape variety||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc|
|Bottle size||1,5 l|
|Bottle cap||Natural cork|
|Quality level||AOP - Appellation d’Origine Protégée (AOC)|
|Alcoholic content||13% vol|