I cannot recall having ever tasted the 1985 d’Issan previously, but the wine turned out to be one of the great positive surprises of our October tasting. This is one of the lowest octane wines of the vintage, coming in at 11.5% alcohol, but it has turned out to be a lovely and very stylish middleweight of very impressive complexity and breed. The wine wafts from the glass in a classy blend of cassis, dark berries, singed tobacco, dark soil tones, a touch of clam shell and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is medium-full, low fat and very complex, with a good core, fine focus and balance, modest tannins and excellent length and grip on the classic finish. This wine is fully into its apogee of peak drinkability, but will continue to cruise along for many decades to come. A lovely wine of the old school. 90+
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