1985 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This is a great Pichon-Lalande wallowing in its maturity. Here it retains that enticing tobacco-infused nose with leather and a touch of thyme, the palate beautifully balanced with tarry black fruit, vibrant acidity, mellow and supple with a touch of game coming through. Supple with firm tannins marrying naturally on the finish that has the texture (though not alcohol!) of a tawny port. I suspect this has not intention of ameliorating further and alongside the 1983, these are the Pichon Lalande’s to start depleting in your cellar. Drink now-2018. Tasted January 2010. (NM-Wine Journal)
Quite ripe, with flavors of plum cake, warm pain d'épices, mint, Christmas pudding and fruitcake embedded in mulled currant and fig fruit. Offers a long, coffee-tinged finish, alluring ripeness and an easy structure.—Non-blind Pichon Lalande vertical (July 2014). Drink now through 2025. (Web-2014)
Good class with a touch of vanilla on the palate. A good fruit profile.
1985 is to me the "modern" version of the 1953 as a vintage. A beautiful vintage that lives on impeccable balance and charm rather than power. I more and more start to prefer 1985s to 1982s and 1986s on the whole. And similarly to the 1953s it will age better than most people are aware of, balance being much more important than alcohol, concentration and power.