Troplong Mondot St Emilion 1985
14 Nov 2020
I wasn’t sure of this label coming from 1985, although 1985 was one of my all time favourite vintages from Bordeaux. I hopped over to wine-searcher to look at some comments, not too encouraging at 90.9 points, I still decided to go ahead and purchase a case to try, as I really trust my instinct about the vintage. Lo and behold, this wine punched way above my expectations, easily one of the best 1985 Bordeaux I’ve ever had for a long time! Bouquet of fully matured red fruits, at the borderline of over-ripe. A sip and I told myself I hit on a pot of gold; the palate was so matured, and the softness of the texture was on the extreme scale, with multiple dimensions of flavour, truly hedonistic. It was at a borderline of 9.75 stars but I decided to “downgrade” it, not that I can find any fault with the wine, probably Troplong Mondot back in the 80s was not a big-name wine. Just don’t label me as a label drinker!