30 years of 1985 Bordeaux at The Papies (The Papies, Elizabeth St, London): Double decanted and left in bottle for 2.5 hours till we got round to it. Cork was very good base of neck fill. Not a singing Mouton and albeit not a bad bottle it was not great either. A friend who tried this wine before said usually its a lot better. On this occasion though it was not at par with the pedigree (and the price..). Good fruit still but just felt a lot more evolved than it should have been. Hopefully we will come across a more lively bottle of this in the future. Felt like a 91 today though.
Light ruby to brick red, strong cedar and graphite notes followed by tapenade and hints of mocha, lean and green on the attack with stringent fruit, rough tannins, dark fruit and juicy acidity, finish is long, complex and smokey, with layers of blackberry, cassis, red currant, black currant, dried orange marmalade and more
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(Chateau Mouton Rothschild) had a beautiful nose, Margauxesque with lots of olive and dry cassis aromas. It was sweet and nutty a la the 2000 and 1995 with nice t'n a and earth aromas to support it. The palate was light to medium in its body with flavors of tobacco, pencil and leather, also on the dry side a la 1995. The acidity was long, and there were flavors of 'coca-cola' and lots of 'animal' present. Someone observed that the wine had a 'wild chemistry'
(Mouton) out of magnum, and it was very fresh and vigorous, more so than the average '85 I thought, which had to be the magnum factor. The nose was decadently nutty with toast, caramel drops, underlying cassis, coffee, minerals, earth and chocolate croissant aromas. The body was excellent, medium-bodied, spicy with great cedar flavors on its chalky finish. There was some richness to the palate and nice grit, but the wine lacked some weight in the middle, its only noticeable flaw. Bipin assumed his usual position about '85 vs. '86, saying 'The 1985 has been ready to drink for twenty years and is still drinking beautifully. You decide what is the better wine.' Despite Bipin using the force and one of his Jedi wine tricks, this is one '85 vs. '86 debate that he cannot win with me. On this night, however, he was correct, but that is because the '86 was off, although only my table seemed to notice
(Mouton Rothschild) had some old wood in the nose and pinches of nut, cedar, mahogany, black fruits and cassis. There was a touch of forest to its nose with its woody and leafy edges. The old wood merged into a little caramel and got better and more complex in the nose. The palate was again simple and straightforward, mild yet classically Left Bank. Flavors of cedar, dust and earth were decent, but the wine left an unexciting impression overall, and its nose hinted at much more than the palate delivered
(Chateau Mouton-Rothschild) Classic nose of lead pencil, tobacco box, minerals, earth, smoke, currants, cassis. The Pauillac symphony in full effect. Supple and ripe on the palate with great depth. Oodles of dark berry fruits and ripe sweet tannins. Supple like most '85's I have had recently. Easy to drink and perfectly balanced. Still a very dark color and has a ways to go but a pleasure today.
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