Saturday, February 2, 2013 - Drank this with Mike. From 750. Really interesting to drink this the night following a half bottle of the '86. While the '86 is technically a better made and better balanced wine, the '85 shows more Talbot personality. In fact, the "best" vintages of Talbot (e.g., 82, 86, 00) never really seem to show the chateau's personality like some of the good-but-not-great vintages.
The '85 shows a lot of cedar, cigar tobacco, and barnyard qualities with fruit to match. Certainly a wine where you'd be safe guessing Talbot if you were to taste it blind. Early on, the palate is a little austere - not full, but showing quality fruit and earth. With air, the nose gets a little more subdued but the palate puts on weight and intensity. A very good vintage of Talbot. Good buy at auction.