Burly wine. Deep and dark-colored with an iron backbone of tannins. Plenty of licorice and fruit character. Needs time to come into harmony. Better after 1998.--The Bordeaux 50. James Suckling, Wine Spectator 1994.
Score: 90-/100Wine Spectator
The 1985 has reached full maturity quickly. It is an excellent, nearly outstanding example of a juicy, succulent Pauillac oozing with sweet cedar, herb-tinged, black currant fruit. Medium to full-bodied, with low acidity, and a supple, nearly opulent texture, this wine is intensely charming and delicious. The only negative is the wine's short finish, which suggests it needs to be consumed over the next decade. Anticipated maturity: Now-2004. Last tasted 10/97 Jan 1998, www.robertparker.com
Score: 89-/100Robert Parker