CHÂTEAU MARGAUX 1985
CHÂTEAU MARGAUX 1985
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1985 CHÂTEAU MARGAUX 1985

This vintage was marked by very favorable ripening and harvesting conditions in September and October despite a difficult start to the year. This "Indian summer" remains in everyone's memory.
At Château Margaux, the 1985 vintage is one of the most pleasant to taste. Château Margaux 1985 is a cru classé at its peak, but can also surprise in the coming decades. Its nose is still remarkably fruity, with finesse and elegance, it is now more evolved and very complex. The length and persistence of this Premier Cru Classé also testifies to great concentration.

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97 / 100
Tom Cannavan

(01-2018) In Bordeaux, 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.

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(12-2009) Tasted at the Claret Club -85 Dinner at -The Square-. Chateau Margaux remains one of the most compelling, indeed most delicious First Growths. Deeper in colour than its peers, there bouquet is vibrant and vivacious with succulent red fruits, date, a touch of iodine and violets and as before, further aeration reveals those classic pencil lead aromas. The palate is exquisitely balanced, focused and powerful and yet brilliant defined with a sublime talcum finish, a hint of exotic fruit on the finish. Divine.

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(06-2018) Ripe Bordeaux, lightened edge. The nose is open and very fragrant, lots of floral aromas dance with smoke and black cherries, behind it the cigar box announces itself from time to time, a little drug and definitely very playful. Firm and red-fruity at the start, appears very fresh and lively despite being clearly ripe, dances on the palate as well as in the nose, shows character and charm, aromatic between red and dark berries, incredibly spicy and with an excellent length in the finish, ends on a fine note Note of white pepper.

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95 / 100
Jeannie Cho Lee

(06-2015) Still at its peak, this 30-year-old wine is elegant and layered with sweet floral and cedar notes. Fine acidity with good depth and intensity and a fairly long length. Classic, mature Margaux.

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(07-2015) At age 30, this is in the perfect place to experience its soft, silky, fresh, sweet, red and black fruit pleasures. Elegant, medium/full bodied, with a complex nose and regal, cherry toned finish, there is no reason to pull a cork if you have a bottle. This bottle showed a bit better than some examples as it came directly from the chateau and had not been moved since it was bottled.

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(01-2002)

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18 / 20
Jancis Robinson
(01-2019) Very sweet and rich on the nose. Much less intense than the earlier vintages. Sweet and round and charming but without the sheer intensity of the younger wines. Very fresh. A flattering wine that’s at its peak. Intense and rich. Quite long. Racy. Super-fresh, though not intense.
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(11-2000)

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Region Bordeaux
Appellation Margaux
Colour Red
Volume 0.75 l
Country France
Château Margaux
Château Margaux

Château Margaux is one of the largest wine estates in Bordeaux. In AOC, Margaux appears in the first classified growths of the official classification of Médoc wines of 1855.

If it is a privilege to bear the name of its Margaux appellation, there is no doubt that Château Margaux does it great honor.

For several centuries, this Premier Cru Classé has expressed to the highest degree the exceptional qualities of terroirs patiently brought together by several generations of owners. Maintained and harvested exclusively by hand with extreme care, the 78 hectares of vines (75% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 5% Cabernet-Franc and Petit-Verdot) draw their richness very deeply from the soil. clayey-gravelly, particularly dense and thick.

Fermentation in oak vats, after which the wine is strictly selected, is followed by 18 to 24 months of aging in new oak barrels. A masterpiece among the Bordeaux wines, the best according to some, Château Margaux reveals finesse and opulence, depth and complexity on tasting, and develops a bouquet of rare elegance of rose, violet, black fruits, under -taut by tight tannins that require patient aging before blossoming. The château also produces a second wine, Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux, and a dry white wine, Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux (100% Sauvignon Blanc).

Best vintages of Château Margaux are : 1900, 1928, 1953, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1990

>> Read our article "Grands Crus Classés from Bordeaux"

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