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1985 Salon - Le Mesnil 750ml
1985 Salon - Le Mesnil
France - Champagne / Grand Cru
White / Chardonnay
1985 Salon - Le Mesnil
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Professional Reviews

IWC
95(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 93

Knockout aromas of lemon, lime, toffee, grilled nuts, nutmeg and minerals; conveys a strong impression of soil character. Great thickness and brightness in the mouth; offers a compelling combination of lemon and orange citricity and complex yeast autolysis notes, and near-perfect harmony of young and maturing elements. This outstanding, elegant Champagne shows an extraordinary creamy richness yet is still rather folded in on itself. Has the sheer structure and grip to develop in bottle for a decade or two. Finishes with great nutty length. (Wilson-Daniels, Inc., St. Helena, CA)

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RJ
93

Richard Juhlin Author: Richard Juhlin Issue: Issue 1

Some, including Salon itself, claim that the '85 is less developed than the '88. I claim the opposite, and question the decision to launch the vintages in reverse order. The phase the wine was in, just when the next vintage was about to be launched, was perhaps not terribly exciting, but already there was a range of mature tones in the form of licorice and a slight smokiness. At the start of the century's last year (1999) the peacock's tail had begun to unfold in all its glory. Having said that, it is a wine that I totally misjudged at the Millennium Tasting.

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WS
95

Wine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson

A wonderful, mature Champagne, offering toast, mushroom, honey and citrus aromas and flavors that evolve into a long walnut aftertaste. Its richness is offset by bracing acidity, yet not quite fully integrated. Full-bodied and aristocratic.

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Community Reviews

100

Will M. Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 05/30/2009 Drink Dates: 2009-2015

Simply amazing. Dark apricot in color. For a 24 year old champagne, this still had quite a good amount of carbonation. The flavors were incredible. Lots of brioche and yeast, with just the slightest hint of bitternesss.

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