The 1985 Chambertin Grand Cru is a vintage that I have encountered twice before, albeit not for many years. In the glass, it shows some degradation in the rim and is lighter in colour than more recent vintages. Ethereal on the nose with fabulous delineation, it offers vivid red fruit, Morello and cranberry tinged with damp moss and orange pith. The palate has stunning balance, perfect acidity, not powerful or structured yet beguiling in terms of its elegance and grace. Hints of white pepper and clove towards the finish that has a softened fleshiness that seems to fan out across the senses. Irresistible and profound. Tasted at the Rousseau Chambertin vertical at La Vienne.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2042
Robert Parker 99
This incredible wine left a table of Burgundy lovers in awe. A heavenly nose of indescribably purity and charmâ€¦Pinot Noir in excelsis! Entrancing, bewitching, haunting: all these words are applicable. The aromatics evolve a slight ferrous scents after time in the glass. The palate does not disappoint with sublime harmony and balance, an effortless nature and surprisingly youthful and vivacious. Ripe red cherry, wild strawberry, a tangible minerality with a silky finish with brilliant delineation. Certainly one of the greatest 1985 Burgundy wines that I have encountered, indeed one the greatest wines to have passed my lips!