Ratings & Tasting Notes:
95 points Vinous
The 1985 Cristal is powerful and resonant on the palate, with just the earliest hints of oxidative notes starting to appear. The 1985 may not have quite the layers, focus or pedigree of the very best years, but it more than makes up for that with its inviting, generous personality. There is so much to like, including the wine’s soft curves and racy feel. The 1985 is an especially opulent Cristal, with attractive smoky and torrefaction overtones, and exceptional balance. ‘In 1985, we had a severe frost that lowered yields dramatically,’ Chef de Caves Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon recounted. ‘It was a vintage to handle carefully. From what the old-timers told me, because I was not here, set was so bad that the percentage of stems relative to fruit was quite high. Our crew works hard to cut as close as possible, especially in challenging vintages. But I imagine some stems and underripe berries made it into the tanks, resulting in somewhat green, bitter flavors at pressing. In the end though, those qualities have been pretty good for aging. Ultimately, Champagne is a battle between ripeness and greenness. If you are too ripe, you have rot, and if you aren’t ripe enough, you are green. You need to find the optimal window for picking.’ (AG) (12/2018)
93 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
(No tasting note) (12/1994)
Stored on its side in a climate controlled cellar since purchase.
Some imperfections in the gift box, but overall excellent condition.
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