The 1985 Leroy Ruchottes-Chambertin is a classic example of a grand cru from the Gevrey-Chambertin appellation. The color is still very dark ruby, and the bouquet has just begun to release secondary aromas of grilled meats, leather, and baked red and black fruits. The high tannin levels may cause some to think the wine is rustic and rough-edged, but there is sensational concentration of fruit, a deep mid-palate, and a spectacular, long, opulent, tannic finish. The wine is still too young to be enjoyed, and can be safely cellared for another 20-25 years.
The barest hints of sous bois and truffle combine with rounded, lovely, complex, supple flavors that display fine length. Very classy juice that is drinking perfectly now though it should hold for some time to come. In sum, this is a lovely if not profound wine of good overall character and charm.
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