Robert Parker 92
Anthony Barton’s 1985 may turn out to be a remake of the chateau’s splendid 1953. Deep ruby/garnet with a complex, complete, and intense bouquet of sweet, superripe, curranty fruit, minerals, cedar, spice, and baked herbs, this medium-bodied wine has exceptional balance, fine length, gobs of fruit, and soft tannin in the velvety finish. This classic claret is a joy to drink. Anticipated maturity: Now-2007. Last tasted, 9/97.
Anticipated maturity: 1997-2007
Red-ruby. Ripe aromas of plum, currant, lead pencil and milk chocolate. Sweet but penetrating and gripping, with lovely clarity of flavor and terrific thrust. Classic claret, with lovely fruit and a very long, ripely tannic finish. A compelling example from this very elegantly styled vintage. Drink now through 2015.
Very, very full and rich and round. Anthony Barton loves it – the first wine he made in the post-Uncle Ronald era. Lovely now.
Anticipated maturity: 1995-2012