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  • Producer ranking ?

    40
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    St. Francis Mission Style Beef Stew

The Story

There is an amazing dual hit of black fruit and fine-grained tannins here, which is rounded off with a wonderful creaminess. The fruit is encased in a huge structure, which is not always easy to assess when tasting en primeur, but it has a lovely fleshiness to it and the wine is multi-layered with flavours evolving in the mouth. Notes of cocoa, vanilla and tar show towards the finish and it all ends completely seamlessly. The tannins are extremely ripe and well-integrated. Ch. Haut-Brion is often understated at this stage, which serves to underline how fine this wine will be.

 

Château Haut-Brion Thomas Jefferson, the american ambassador to Paris and later President of the United States of America, visited Haut Brion on May 25th 1787 commenting in his journals about the soils of the vineyards as well as mentioning that there were four vineyards of first quality Château Margaux, Château Latour Ségur, Château Haut Brion and Château La Fite. He also wrote:"Haut Brion is a wine of the first rank and seems to please the American palate more than all the others that I have been able to taste in France.“ Jean de Pontac began constituting the Haut-Brion vineyard, in the Graves region, in 1525.

 

His descendants went on to produce "New French Claret," the precursor of today's great wines. Their efforts enabled Arnaud III de Pontac to sell his wine under the estate's name as early as 1660. Called “vin de Pontac”, then Haut-Brion, it gained a fine reputation and enormous success in London. The first of the Bordeaux great growths was born. Through the centuries, the owners and managers of Haut-Brion have been obsessed with perpetuating the château's reputation for quality. Classified a First Growth in 1855, Haut-Brion has done everything possible ever since then to maintain its standing. To perpetuate its Grand Cru status, an estate and its constituent parts have to be maintained over the centuries, suitable grape varieties for each plot have to be chosen, and a relentless selection process carried out. Today, a great American family, the Dillons, has been continuing this tradition for seventy years.

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Vintage 1985

Château Haut-Brion’s tasting notes :

A VERY GOOD YEAR
A great Haut-Brion, velvety and with a great elegance. A poweful wine, complex and with a long finishing.An outstanding bottle.

Weather conditions
Sum of temperatures : 3185 °C
Rain : 311 mm
Days where temperature above 30 °C : 16
Harvest : from 23/09/1985 to 08/10/1985

Current vintage notes
A great wine of a late year. A drought never seen, one of the hottest years of this
Century but a few days of fog early September helped the grapes that had been dying off to ripen.

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Average Bottle Price

2016 2015 2014 2012 2010 2005
421€ +8.2% 389€ +2.9% 378€ +3.0% 367€ +3.7% 354€ +89.3% 187€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Tasting note

color

Medium

ending

Medium

recommend

Yes

Written Notes

Dark core, lots of sediments, brick rim. Earthy, some mint, some blackberries, tobacco, floral notes, exotic notes with air, . Fresh acidity, few tannins, some earthy notes, some mint, figs, smooth texture, light tobacco note, served blind a mature bottle with answer in hand, long. 94

  • 94p
Tasted twice - last time in June 2012. Consistent notes. It seemed to taste more dry and older that 1985 La Mission, but the quality was still awesome with truffles, fruit sweetness and long aftertaste.
  • 93p
Château Haut-Brion 1985 Open and developed nose with truffle, spices, cedar, decadent, dark plummy fruit, flowers, smoke, warm gravel and leather. Perfect Bordeaux nose! Full bodied, rich, very smooth and velvety, decadent dark plummy fruit with notes of leather, spices, licorice, black tea, flowers, truffles and dark chocolate. Very long seamless and smooth finish with fine, caressing tannins and mineral notes. Excellent Haut-Brion Drink now-2025+ 95p.
  • 95p

Information

Origin

Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Haut-Brion 1985  ( Château Haut-Brion )

Dark core, lots of sediments, brick rim. Earthy, some mint, some blackberries, tobacco, floral notes, exotic notes with air, . Fresh acidity, few tannins, some earthy notes, some mint, figs, smooth texture, light tobacco note, served blind a mature bottle with answer in hand, long. 94

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94p
 Manuel Lamblotte, Wine Lover (Belgium)  tasted  Château Haut-Brion 1985  ( Château Haut-Brion )

"Clear ruby-red color. The nose is perfect: the extraordinary terroir of this thought is expressed in finesse, with a class uncommon. It's dense, but without power.
What a pleasure!
The palate is smooth,there we feel noble tannins, a "chiselled" fruit, iodized aspect of terroir, and a refreshing acidity on the finish. The length is extreme.
Really lovely bottle at its peak."

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93p
 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Haut-Brion 1985  ( Château Haut-Brion )

"Tasted twice - last time in June 2012. Consistent notes. It seemed to taste more dry and older that 1985 La Mission, but the quality was still awesome with truffles, fruit sweetness and long aftertaste."

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95p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Haut-Brion 1985  ( Château Haut-Brion )

"Ruby, garnet rim. Dark fruits, opening up, quite shut first but gets scented and flirting, but the tightest '85 HB I've tasted. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh and fruity, intense, detailed, refreshing, red berries, scented and elegant, lovely balance, needs time to open, long. A bottle going back and forth between marvellous and tight and astringent. 95"

1y 10m ago

95p
 Totte Steneby, Sommelier (Sweden)  tasted  Château Haut-Brion 1985  ( Château Haut-Brion )

"Château Haut-Brion 1985

Open and developed nose with truffle, spices, cedar, decadent, dark plummy fruit, flowers, smoke, warm gravel and leather. Perfect Bordeaux nose!

Full bodied, rich, very smooth and velvety, decadent dark plummy fruit with notes of leather, spices, licorice, black tea, flowers, truffles and dark chocolate. Very long seamless and smooth finish with fine, caressing tannins and mineral notes. Excellent Haut-Brion
Drink now-2025+
95p."

4y 7m ago

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