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A very widely declared vintage with rich, well-structured wines

Weather Conditions

A textbook growing season: a wet winter was followed by a cool spring and from June onwards the weather was magnificent. The grapes were gathered under perfect conditions with unbroken summer-like weather from early September until the end of the harvest. The only serious problem for the wine-makers was the midday heat (up to 32oC) and this may account for the variability in some of the 1985s.

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A unanimous declaration but some of the wines have not lived up to their early promise having subsequently turned volatile in bottle. However the power and concentration that is the hallmark of the 1985 vintage continues to live on in many of the wines. These will remain impressive to drink over the medium to long-term.