Château Margaux 1985, Premier Grand Cru Classé, Bordeaux
Tasted November 2011
Appearance - clear and bright, garnet colour with medium intensity.
Nose - clean aromatics with pronounced intensity, still developing its components. Aromas resemble blackcurrant, cherry, hints of liquorice, pencil lead a floral tone of violets and some toasty oak notes.
Palate - dry with medium acidity, shows a medium level of perfectly ripened tannins so well integrated in the medium body. Medium alcohol level well balanced in the ensemble. Pronounced flavour intensity, fully consistent with the nose, maintaining the black fruits notes, the floral undertones, hints of mint and green bell pepper, a sweet trace of vanilla with a very long and pleasant length.
Conclusions(18/20)- clearly outstanding, a perfect balance of components, complex and concentrated aromatics and flavours, still showing a lovely sweet and generous fruit well assisted by the positive tertiary development. Velvety mouth-feel but vibrant, nicely mellowed and harmonious, is drinking perfectly now, put will not lose its charm in the short term keeping this level of enjoyment. A lovely layered wine with a long lasting after-taste.