1985 Château Margaux

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Margaux
Drink between 2000 - 2019 (Edit)
CT94.1 276 reviews

Community Tasting Notes 247

  • dkentaustin Likes this wine: 93 points

    July 24, 2022 - Rust red color. Shoe leather, light oak, mulberry, tart cranberry and a medley of herbaceous notes. Chalky tannins glide across the palate in this light weight wine with brûléed flavors intertwined and a slight hint of dried fruits. After reading other comments, we’ll decant and wait a few hours before enjoying to see where that takes the wine.

    p.s. reversed seared grilled veal chops with sauerkraut pierogis and charred broccoli

  • djhammond Likes this wine: 96 points

    May 8, 2022 - I studied tasting notes from fellow reviewers, and I followed some common advice and decanted this for 3 hours, but it took an hour in the glass to come alive. If it wasn't a Margaux I probably would have been more generous, but it lacked the delicacy and floral characteristics I love in Margaux. I wonder if the 1995 might be similar in 10 years time. That said, it is a magnificent wine, worthy of its first growth status and possibly the wine of the vintage. Light red berry fruits are displayed, but tobacco and spice from the Cabernet are prominent. The nose is mature and worthy of a perfect score. The depth and balance on the palate and finish are impeccable, but residual tannin distracts from the finish. I would assume that there is now bottle variation and on a lucky day this could rate another 2 points. 96+

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  • hajoha wrote: 96 points

    April 10, 2022 - Chateau Margaux 1985.
    Fullstendig herpa label - ofte et godt tegn.😊
    Aldri smakt en bra Chateau Margaux - endelig er tiden inne!
    En helt fantastisk flaske.
    Mørke bær, sigarboks, lær, krydder, tørket frukt og litt sjokolade i blomsterenga.
    Silkeføre i anslaget.
    Denne er helt på topp nå.
    Sømløs, elegant og rett og slett helt magisk.
    Er mange lag her og det skjer noe spennende i glasset hele tiden.
    Pen dybde og nok struktur fortsatt til å holde vinen sammen
    Frukten holder stand og tanninene er helt finslipte.
    Utrolig sofistikert og elegant vin som ender i en meget lang finish.
    Dette kunne jeg drukket hver dag. 96p+

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • jmoon wrote:

    March 27, 2022 - NR... couldn't get it to fire. may have been too cold? decanted 3 hours, did I miss the window? last bottle 7 years ago was stunning.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • onboisduvin Likes this wine: 92 points

    March 8, 2022 - Well-integrated old Bordeaux

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  • By Jane Anson
    Comparing Bordeaux First Growths 1985 vintage, 2/1/2021 (link)

    (Château Margaux, Margaux, Bordeaux, France, Red) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    1/27/2019 (link)

    (Ch Margaux Margaux Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By John Gilman
    Sep/Oct 2014, Issue #53, 1985 Claret The Finest Bordeaux Vintage of the 1980s

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1985
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Margaux
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation Margaux
  • UPC Codes 000000134903, 011986100000, 041333214016, 071570017521, 400002623786, 607921009039, 607921015368

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 22 (1%)
  • In Cellars 2,577 (66%)
  • Consumed 1,281 (33%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Fillet Mignon, Lamb Provencal, prime rib, Short Ribs

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