30 years of 1985 Bordeaux at The Papies (The Papies, Elizabeth St, London): Two very consistent bottles (we were a bit worried about them to be frank) and a great way to kick off our 1985 Dinner. The colour shows the age, dark, golden but glossy and vibrant. The nose is rich, complex, yeasty, light honey notes. Open and expressive. Similarly the palate carries the same tune and is surprisingly energetic and with great length. Beautifully aged wine for the lovers of mature champagne. Drink now. 94-95
1st Vivino Int'l chapter in Singapore (Sat. afternoon), Part-1 (Bok's place): What a great way to kickoff an afternoon - a mature DP! Honey, brioche on the nose, with much lesser of that oxidative/toasted note. A properly stored bottle (from Bok's cellar no less), it still had very fine bubbles. Very rounded and rich mouthfeel, with notes of apples, nuts, chrysanthemums. Very good! If I had to be picky, the only snag is it didn't have that "palate-staining" feel & intensity that a btl of '90 we had recently exhibited; Otherwise, excellent!
This was a great surprise...our neighbors said "you really like wine and we've had this bottle for awhile would you like to drink it?" low and behold a 1985 dom comes out of the fridge. No idea how it's been stored but turned out to be a really nice bottle. Fully mature, still some sparkler left in bottle. Baked apples, almonds and a touch of mushrooms. Still a touch of acidity made this a great start to the new year.
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(Dom Perignon) spinier nose than the 1988, with a touch of that honeyed maturity as well as some oat and straw aromas. Nicole observed that there was .so much going on in the nose.. The wine was very well-balanced and got breadier in a sweet, cinnamon-raisin way. The body was more medium than full but still had good character although it lacked tertiary depths. This bottle was the first .Oenotheque. bottling, DP.s version of .RD.
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