Robert Parker 93
Tasted blind at the 1985 Bordeaux horizontal, the 1985 Chateau Haut Brion is a lovely wine at the peak of its powers. It has an elegant bouquet with sandalwood and dried rose petals that combine effortlessly with vestiges of red berry fruit. I noticed how with time in the glass, it offers a "side order" of wild girolles! The palate is medium-bodied with a fine seam of acidity, delicate tertiary and leather tones infiltrating the red berry fruit, and while it does not have the audacity of the 1989 or 1990, the finesse on the finish completely wins you over. Simply drink, sit back and savor. Tasted July 2015.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030
Pale gold. Masses of lanolin on the nose with some herbal notes. Lots of tanginess but overall broad and full. Real life and round, satin texture. Spicy persistent finish.
Anticipated maturity: 1998-2022