Bordeaux / The year 1985 was a tremendous vintage. Extremely cold winter followed by extremely hot summer and favourable harvesting conditions yielded high quantity and high quality crop, particularly in Pomerol and St. Emilion where the grape sugars were measured higher than in 1982. Margaux and Graves were superb on the left bank. L'Evangile, La Conseillante and Certain de May are all great examples right bank. To sum up the tasting experiences of this vintage, there is one wine over the others– Château Lafleur.
Surprisingly enough, the Haut-Brion Blanc, produced less than 1,000 bottles, is generally considered as the best wine of the vintage. Regarding the value of the top whites of Graves are about three times the prices of the reds. Domaine de Chevalier Blanc is another good example of the white Graves high quality. Also Sauternes succeeded well this year.