The decade of the 1980s was a remarkable stretch for Château Haut-Bailly and the 1985 is another outstanding wine from this stunning string of wines. The superb and very perfumed nose offers up an expressive blend of black cherries, red plums, menthol, a touch of citrus, cigar ash, a lovely base of gravelly soil tones, black truffles and a bit of nutty new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and utterly suave on the attack, with a fine core of fruit, perfect focus and balance and a very long, complex and softly tannic finish. Like so many of the 1985s, this wine has put on weight over the last decade and really shows some depth and stuffing today! The ’85 Haut-Bailly is now at its apogee, but is so beautifully balanced that it should have no trouble keeping and drinking superbly well for several decades to come. Drink between 2014-2035. 93+
This estate produces classy, fine wines and the 1985 is no different. Cherry, tobacco and chocolate aromas and flavors. Full-bodied and very firm, with wonderful tannins and a long, voluptuous finish. (JS)
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