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Pétrus 1985

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Right Bank > Pomerol
Grape VarietyMerlot

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Tasting Notes

Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

The 1985 Petrus has always been an underwhelming wine in my opinion, one of the few vintages whereby Petrus dropped the ball. Unlike 1986, 1985 was a great year for Right Bank château as attested by both Lafleur and Le Pin. The best adjective to describe the nose is “staid”. It just lacks brightness and animation. Where is the joie-de-vivre? The palate is balanced with a fine bead of acidity, yet it is a Petrus that tries , but finds it difficult to get out of second gear, ergo there is a sense of flatness. Dare I say that this is an “ordinary” Pomerol. Tasted at the Petrus dinner at the Épure restaurant in Hong Kong. 2018 - 2028

Neal Martin, vinous.com, September 2018

Magnum kindly given to me to commemorate his father by Edmund Penning-Rowsell Jr. Shared to celebrate E P-R's centenary.
Dark vibrant blackish ruby. Heady and immediately glamorous nose. Straight from the magnum a bit austere though with no shortage of density. Briary. Not as luscious and sweet and many Petrus vintages are but utterly in character for E P-R. I suspect he would have approved of this rather Medocain rendition. Impressive on the finish. Needs to open out a bit.
Two hours later from the decanter: Gloriously rich and expansive and much more typically Petrus. A very rewarding Pomerol with a combination of sweetness and lifted leafiness. Not the most opulent vintage but extremely satisfying. Note the alcohol level, 12.6%. Drink 1998 - 2028.

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2013
Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (1), September 1986
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