1985 Margaux

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / MARGAUX
  • 90 WS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 53554-1985-750-3A
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Still closed and not giving much. Full-bodied and very chunky with impressive black truffle and currant aromas and flavors and velvety, chewy tannins. It's still slightly one-dimensional; better after 2000.--Cabernet Challenge.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 94

    While not as powerful and concentrated as the 1986, 1983, or 1982, the 1985 Margaux is more charming and, at present, more complex than those more backward vintages. The color is a healthy dark ruby/purple. The seductive nose offers copious quantities of lavishly ripe black berry and cassis fruit intermixed with toasty oak and floral scents. This rich, expansive, and velvety-textured wine has developed more length, and additional flavor dimensions over the last several years. It has always been a remarkably approachable and enjoyable wine, but it appears to be taking on more character and quality than I ever imagined. It is one of the most delicious and seductively opulent Margauxs of the last two decades. I consistently underestimated this wine when young. It gets better every time I re-taste it, which happens with increasing frequency. Last tasted 10/97.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Sechang P
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: rsfj
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Classic bordeaux with just aroma and body. Joshua's 1st Birthday!!
    Author: Pierre T184
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Consumed @ Food Affair with HJ. There was some seepage out of the cork, but I was so relieved that the bottle wasn't ruined. Smells a little like Chinese medicine. Smooth and a little smokey. Balanced in every way. Nose got more and more complex in the glass. Herby finish. The bottle went by so quickly. I don't know how it could have been any better than this.
    Author: johnswu
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Floral, structured, earthy undertones, list goes on. Constantly changing in the glass. Great wine.
    Author: Benjamin H550
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Medium bodied, complex, elegant, with a long finish. A little tight out of the bottle, but opened up quickly and each sip was different. Flowery and jammy - a rare combination. Thoroughly enjoyable now.
    Author: cuje
  • Self | Rating: 95

    This is still very dark at the core, thinning out slightly towards a burnt orange on the rim. Decanted 2 hours. The nose seems much more evolved, dried herbs and cigar box opening up to dried roses,and perfume of tulips. The palate is exquisite, this caresses your mouth with velvet like tannin and loads of sweet red fruit character that is washed away by a wave of mouth-watering acidity, such great balance and texture. This is the finest Margaux on the palate from the 80's without trying the 1982, exceptionally complex and soft with loads of fruit and glycerin. Medium length.
    Author: BORDEAUXLICIOUS
  • Self | Rating: 93

    this wine is still in its prime! delectable fruit with subtle hints of leather, oak and berry. almost full body, tannins almost gone. nice!!
    Drink Dates: 2012-2018
    Author: dozman3
  • Self | Rating: 95

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Chateau Margaux is one of the five First Growths ranked in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. The neo-Palladian style chateau was built in the 18th century by architect Louis Combes for the Marquis de la Colonilla. Chateau Margaux has been well regarded in history and stands among Thomas Jefferson's favorite chateaux. Since 1977, the estate has been directed by the Mentzelopoulos family with winemaking team director Paul Pontallier, cellar master Jean Grangerou and consulting oenologist Emile Peynaud. The vineyards are primarily Cabernet Sauvignon (75%), with the balance composed of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. In addition to the chateau's grand vin, the estate produces a second label called Pavillon Rouge de Chateau Margaux and Pavillon Blanc de Chateau Margaux, a white made from Sauvignon Blanc. Chateau Margaux's finest vintages include 1900, 1928, 1953, 1961, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1990, 1996, 2000, 2003, and 2005.

Margaux is often considered the most "feminine" of the First Growths. It is sensuous with fine tannins that give it a sense of clarity. The wine has dark berry aromas such as boysenberry or blackberries. The bouquet is characterized by ripe black currants, spicy vanilla and violets. A strong minerality is often found in the lengthy finish.

Chateau Margaux, featured in The World of Fine Wine: Chateau Margaux A Deux

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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1199 bottles owned
  • 293 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 293 collectors)