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1985 Château Haut-Brion

  • 95 WS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 51621-1985-750

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    Back on form with the '85 after a slightly less-grand '83, this is a gorgeous, harmonious wine. Beautiful ripe fruit and tobacco aromas and flavors. Full-bodied and velvety with a fine rich finish. --The Bordeaux 50.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 94

    This has always been one of the more seductive, savory, complex Haut-Brions of the eighties. My notes have always suggested that it is the quintessentially elegant, finesse-styled Haut-Brion. The color remains a deep ruby/purple with slight lightening at the edge. The knock-out nose of intense jammy black fruits, smoke, cedar, herbs, and new oak is followed by a generously concentrated, rich, gorgeously proportioned and layered Haut-Brion with no hard edges. Everything - alcohol, acidity, tannin - is beautifully integrated into the seamless personality of the 1985.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 93

    1985 Haut Brion. Beautiful HB, elegant like the 79, but perhaps smoother, but without the size and power of the 90. 93
    Drink Dates: 2009+
    Author: Ricknat1
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Haut Brion tasting in Rochester, NY with J. P. Delmas. The 1985 is at its peak. A balanced, refined and noble wine that has mellowed but maintains a full bodied flavor but yet is so very refined. The typical Haut Brion characteristics are present - tobacco, leather and earth.
    Drink Dates: 2000-2025
    Author: botro
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Opened for 2.5 hours before tasting. Nose of earth, grass, cabinet and black fruits. Palate of cabinet, earth and tobacco. Medium body and length. Elegant.
    Author: bp499
Since its founding in 1525, Chateau Haut-Brion has passed between many illustrious owners, including admirals, archbishops, and mayors of Bordeaux. In recent years, the estate has come under the ownership of Clarence Douglas Dillon, Ambassador of the United States in Paris and Minister of Finance under President John F. Kennedy, making it the only American-owned First Growth property. Currently, Dillon's granddaughter, the Duchesse de Mouchy, oversees Haut-Brion, among many others, under the public limited company of "Domaine Clarence Dillon."

Chateau Haut-Brion is also the only First Growth property from the 1855 Classification that lies outside of the Medoc and Sauternes. Located in Pessac, within the Graves region, just one mile from the city of Bordeaux, the wine of Chateau Haut-Brion is highly sought-after, landing it among the most expensive and prestigious wines in France. The estate vineyards, dominated by gravel and clay, are planted to both red and white varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc; and Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Haut-Brion is characterized by earthy scents, ripe fruit, tobacco and mineral, revealing aromas of chocolate and smoke and creating an elegant and harmonious wine that is highly structured, allowing it to age seamlessly.

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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 690 bottles owned
  • 181 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 181 collectors)