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1985 Wine and Port Vintage

Vintage Summary and Recommendations: 1985-vintage-port
Welcome to Vintage Wine and Port's 1985 wine page. Read on for our summary of the 1985 vintage, our top recommendations and region reports. Scroll down to see all of our wines currently available. If you cannot find what you are looking for please call us on 01425 837177 or Contact Us. We would love to help you with your wine choice!

1985 is unanimously regarded as a wonderful vintage for much of the wine world, especially in Europe.

Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhône and Champagne all put out extraordinary vintages; some, like Champagne, are even regarded as a vintage of the decade. Safe to say, there should still be a wide range of 1985 French wine still drinking well today, particularly long-lived reds from the major growing regions. Italy was also exceptionally good. The Port vintage was universally declared and there will be many great Ports still drinking well today and quite likely for some time still to come.

Our Wine Expert currently recommends the following wines for this year:

  • Calem Port 1985 Vintage Port
  • Chateau Gloria 1985 St Julien Cru Borgeois
  • Chateau Talbot 1985 St Julien 4me Cru Classe
  • Barolo Prandi 1985 Cantine Prandi
  • Bairrada 1985 Frei Joao
  • Barolo 1985 Giordano
  • Baron de Lay 1985 Grand Reserva Rioja

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    Bordeaux: The 1985 wine vintage produced examples that are characterised by being well developed, rich and having a seductive complexity with an attractive perfume. A drought for much of August and September led to concentrated grapes at harvest. The wines have now generally gone through the peak of their maturity and should be drunk within the next few years.
     
    Italian: 1985 was an outstanding vintage for Italian wines, one of the best in the last 50 years for Piedmont and Tuscany. The vintage produced wines of great consistency, and the best wines should be great.
     
    Portugal: 1985-vintage-portThe 1985 is a great classic Port Vintage, with concentrated, rich and potent wines. The year was a general declaration of vintage, the majority of Houses judging it to be up to their high standards. 1985 was a model year for the growth of the vines: a wet winter followed by a moderate spring led into an extremely warm June and a hot July and August. The harvest took place under perfect weather conditions, and the fermentations went well also. From the very start shippers were predicting outstanding wines. The resulting ports are characterised as being forward with enormous structure, and staggering depth, dimension, and length. They are at the peak of their maturity and will remain so for another 10-15 years.
     
    Spain: 1985 was a near-perfect vintage for Spanish wines, with a warm summer and a perfect ripening season. The wines produced are generally easy-drinking wines of medium intensity. About 10% of wine went into Gran Reserva production.

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    Ryst Dupeyron Armagnac, 1985

    Ryst Dupeyron Reserve Joseph Millesime vintage Armagnac
    50cl bottle

    The 1985 Dupeyron Armagnac is the expression of a single year and has a unique character associated with the year and the cask in which it has been stored. These vintages are bottled at the alcohol level in which they naturally come out of the cask. There is a wonderful contrast between the sweet and sour flavours of wood, amplified by the strong alcoholic degree. Rich palate feeling the alcohol and the concentration of dry plums, spicy with persistent flavour of rancio and of spices, but round, soft and long in the finish. The tannins are very present, but full-bodied and round.

    The Maison Ryst-Dupeyron was founded by Joseph Dupeyron in 1905.
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    Price: $105.68 USD
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    Cantine Prandi, 1985

    Cantine Prandi, Piedmont
    Excellent provenance - Library Release

    From the legendary 1985 vintage the Cantine Prandi Barolo have come from the Prandi cellars where they have laid undisturbed since bottling.

    Cantine Prandi was established in the 1920s when grandfather Farinetti Majorino envisioned selling part of the wine produced for family use to the commercial market. In the 1960's his nephew Giovanni came to lend a hand and was instrumental in shaping the winery and its future development. Up to 2009, Giovanni's son Alessandro looked after the beautiful vineyards situated in the long hills surrounding Piemonte. In recent years, due to Alessandro's passing, the winery ceased production.
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    Price: $172.56 USD
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    Cantine Prandi, 1985

    Cantine Prandi

    Barbera is a wine of prestige, rich colours that refer generally to the ruby purple, just what clothes cardinals; the bouquet is ample and composite, with fruity notes of blackberry, cherry, strawberry and red fruit jam and spicy aromas reminiscent of cinnamon, vanilla, green pepper.
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    Price: $65.55 USD
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    Kopke, 1985

    Colheita Port
    In Original Kopke presentation box
    ***95 Points- GOLD Medal- IWC 2024***
    ***95 Points- GOLD - Decanter 2024***

    The 1985 Kopke Colheita Port is a cask aged port from a single vintage, known for its exceptional quality and complex flavour profile, reflecting the meticulous aging process it undergoes.

    Tasting notes
    Deep amber appearance and a complex flavour profile. Its aroma is rich and expressive, with dried fruits, caramel, toffee, honey, roasted nuts, and spices. The palate is smooth and velvety, with a well-rounded sweetness and a nuttiness. The finish is long, lingering, and luxurious, with flavours of dried fruits, caramel, and nuts persisting beautifully.

    Serving & Food Pairing:
    Colheita Ports are ready-to drink and do not require decanting.
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    Price: $120.32 USD
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    Messias, 1985

    Colheita Port

    A rare Messias 1985 Colheita Port exemplifies the characteristics of a well-aged Tawny Port, offering a harmonious blend of sweetness, fruitiness, and complexity. It's a wine to be savored slowly. Its depth of flavors and smooth texture make it a memorable choice for Port wine enthusiasts seeking a refined and sophisticated experience.

    Tasting notes:
    Deep amber colour with hints of orange and mahogany, indicating its age. Its nose features dried fruits with a raisin-like sweetness, nut notes, caramel, toffee, and brown sugar from extended oak aging. The palate is rich and full-bodied, with sweet flavours of caramelized sugar, molasses, and dark chocolate.
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    Price: $159.18 USD
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    Amarone della Valpolicella, 1985

    Giacomo Montresor

    This wine is made from grapes harvested in various vineyards located on hills in the Valpolicella zone (Mezzane and Tregnago hills). Different sources and different grape varieties are important to obtain well-balanced wines with the fine structure that only a few single areas in the Valpolicella zone can provide. Notes: Color: strong ruby red. Clear and transparent. Bouquet: notes of vanilla and ethereal airs depending on the period of aging in the barrel; notes of sweet fruits such as currants, blueberries, cherries depending on the varieties of grapes. Flavor: wine with a velvety, raisiny character combined with the structure and typical stylish bitterness to give it good balance.
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    Price: $172.56 USD
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    Barbaresco, 1985

    Giordano

    Barbaresco is one of the great wines of Italy's north-western Piedmont region. This aristocratic red has its vineyards situated in the Langhe, on the right-hand side of the Tanaro river and extending from the area north-east of Alba to the communes of Barbaresco, Neive and Treiso. The dominant variety grown is Nebbiolo, but Dolcetto and Barbera also play a part. The vines are generally grown on limestone-rich marl soils. similar to the Tortonium soils of the Barolo and La Morra areas in Barolo. Similar to its more famous sibling Barolo, Barbaresco is made from 100% Nebbiolo and shares its cult status as one of the finest wines in the world.
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    Price: $185.94 USD
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    Barbaresco, 1985

    Cantona del Bricchetto - Rocca Mario

    Barbaresco is one of the great wines of Italy's north-western Piedmont region. This aristocratic red has its vineyards situated in the Langhe, on the right-hand side of the Tanaro river and extending from the area north-east of Alba to the communes of Barbaresco, Nieve and Treiso. The dominant variety grown is Nebbiolo, but Dolcetto and Barbera also play a part. The vines are generally grown on limestone-rich marl soils. similar to the Tortonium soils of the Barolo and La Morra areas in Barolo. Similar to its more famous sibling Barolo, Barbaresco is made from 100% Nebbiolo and shares its cult status as one of the finest wines in the world.
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    Price: $185.94 USD
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    Barbera d'Asti, 1985

    Villa Guelfa - Cantine Brero
    Clearance Offer - Last Bottle | Was £79 | Now £49

    Barbera is a wine of prestige, rich colors that refer generally to the ruby purple, just what clothes cardinals; the bouquet is ample and composite, with fruity notes of blackberry, cherry, strawberry and red fruit jam and spicy aromas reminiscent of cinnamon, vanilla, green pepper.
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    Barolo, 1985

    Giordano, Piedmont

    Barolo is known as the 'king of wines' and is made from the Nebbiolo grape. Heady aromas of rose, leather, vanilla, cherry, pepper, cranberry, strawberry. Fruits are perfectly knitted with the tannins and acidity. It's a powerful wine but remarkably subtle. Don't underestimate it and certainly serve it with food to show at it's best. Nebbiolo has naturally high tannins and acidity, so it will take on full-flavoured, rich foods no problem at all.
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    Price: $226.07 USD
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    Barolo, 1985

    Valfieri , Piedmont

    Barolo is known as the 'king of wines' and is made from the Nebbiolo grape. Heady aromas of rose, leather, vanilla, cherry, pepper, cranberry, strawberry. Fruits are perfectly knitted with the tannins and acidity. It's a powerful wine but remarkably subtle. Don't underestimate it and certainly serve it with food to show at it's best. Nebbiolo has naturally high tannins and acidity, so it will take on full-flavoured, rich foods no problem at all.

    Piedmont enjoyed an exceptional 1985 vintage

    The year began with an extremely cold winter. Cool, crisp temperatures and snowfall prevailed throughout much of March and April.
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    Price: $132.43 USD
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    Barolo, 1985

    Villadoria, Piedmont

    Barolo is known as the 'king of wines' and is made from the Nebbiolo grape. Heady aromas of rose, leather, vanilla, cherry, pepper, cranberry, strawberry. Fruits are perfectly knitted with the tannins and acidity. It's a powerful wine but remarkably subtle. Don't underestimate it and certainly serve it with food to show at it's best. Nebbiolo has naturally high tannins and acidity, so it will take on full-flavoured, rich foods no problem at all.
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    Price: $199.31 USD
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    Barón de Ley, 1985

    Grand Reserva, Rioja

    The 1985 Baron de Ley Gran Reserva Rioja is a brilliant ruby-red colour with tinges of brick red. Rich, aromatic complexity. Toasted oak and coconut give way to aromas of red berries and dried raisins.

    Barón de Ley was founded in 1985 by a small group of Rioja wine professionals who wanted to develop a purely “vineyard driven” winery, oriented to the production of high quality wines from their own vineyards.
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    Price: $93.57 USD
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    Bramaterra, 1985

    Sella

    Produced mainly with Nebbiolo grapes cultivated on the slopes of Monte Rosa, west of Gattinara, of medium aging, 2 years minimum, it comes from a knowledgeable use of aging wood. Of ruby color, complex scents of mature fruit and spices, fresh and austere body. It's suited for a medium/long aging.
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    Price: $105.68 USD
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    Brunello di Montalcino, 1985

    Casa del Cervo

    Brunello de Montalcino is one of Italys most famous and most expensive red wines. It is produced in the vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino located about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Florence in the Tuscany wine region. Brunello, roughly translated as "nice dark one" is the unofficial name of the clone of Sangiovese used in production.
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    Price: $199.31 USD
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    Cabernet Sauvignon (I), 1985

    di Ancarano, Castello di Acarano Vigevani

    A classic red Italian wine made from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. The wine has aged to produce a garnet core with a clear rim. Lots of oak, leather and soft tannins remain.
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    Price: $78.92 USD
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    Calem Port, 1985

    Vintage Port
    Library Release
    Presented in Original Gift Box

    Cálem Vintage Port 1985, from this great Portuguese house, is an excellent bottle-aged Port from the great 1985 harvest. Only just released from the cellars, it's in immaculate condition for enjoying now.

    1985 was an outstanding vintage for port and the Calem does not disappoint. The port shows a beautiful and intense garnet colour with ruby highlights. The nose denotes intense aromas of red berries, black cherry, prunes and cinnamon spice. On the palate this is drier style than most of the the English shippers. There is smooth mouthfeel, refreshing acidity and soft tannins. A little sour cherry and redcurrant makes this an interesting twist with layers of dried herbs and spices.
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    Price: $119.05 USD
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    Chateau Brane Cantenac, 1985

    Cantenac Margaux 2nd Growth Classification
    Magnum 1.5L

    The 1985 Brane Cantenac is a classic example of well-matured old-school Margaux with wonderful vegetal touch of bell peppers and chilies that lends a lovely, savory undercurrent to the wine without overwhelming any of the developed fruit notes or those mature umami nuance.

    Château Brane-Cantenac is a renowned wine estate situated in the Margaux appellation of Bordeaux, France. With roots tracing back to the 18th century, the estate has earned a reputation for crafting exceptional red wines. Encompassing approximately 75 hectares, the vineyard benefits from gravelly and sandy soils, ideal for cultivating Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot grapes.
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    Price: $226.07 USD
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    Chateau Gloria, 1985

    St Julien Cru Borgeois
    Excellent Provenance

    Château Gloria, back in the days when Henri Martin was alive and still running the property, was always one of the most user-friendly wines out of the blocks and a very good value, though of course, not generally built for the long haul. I was happy to see how well the 1985 Gloria continues to drink, with its wide open personality still quite enjoyable and showing no signs of imminent decline. The wine offers up a pretty nose of red and black cherries, cigar ash, a nice touch of soil and a gentle topnote of crushed violets. On the palate the wine is fullish, plush and nicely balanced, with melted tannins, fine focus and a long, juicy and very pleasing finish.
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    Price: $172.56 USD
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    Chateau Les Templiers, 1985

    Lalande de Pomerol

    Bordeaux, in the south-west of France, needs little introduction to anyone with an interest in wine. One of the world's most prolific wine regions, it also manages to rank among the most famous and prestigious. The secrets of Bordeaux's wine success (other than magical Bordeaux Blend) are its three trump cards: diversity, quality and quantity. The majority of Bordeaux wines are the dry, medium-bodied reds that made the region famous.

    About Chateau Les Templiers Château Les Templiers, situated in the renowned Saint-Émilion appellation of Bordeaux, France, is a historic estate celebrated for its commitment to crafting exceptional wines that express the unique terroir of the region.
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    Price: $92.30 USD
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    Chateau Talbot, 1985

    St Julien, 4me Cru Classe

    The 1985 Chateau Talbot is from a great vintage. An amazing wine that had aged very well, complex flavors of underbrush, wet forest floor, plenty of fruit and velvety lush tannins.

    Château Talbot, situated in the Saint-Julien appellation of Bordeaux, France, is renowned for its prestigious history and exceptional red wines. With origins tracing back to the 17th century, the estate's vineyards span approximately 107 hectares, primarily planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot grapes. Benefiting from gravelly and sandy soils, Château Talbot crafts wines that epitomize the elegance and complexity of Saint-Julien terroir.
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    Price: $172.56 USD
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    Chianti, 1985

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    Colombaio - Conte Ottavio Piccolomini d'Aragona

    Chianti, situated in Tuscany in central Italy, is home to probably the best-known and most iconic of all Italian wines. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
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    Price: $119.05 USD
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    Cirò, 1985

    Cantina Enotria

    The Ciro has a pale ruby colour. Has an elegant bouquet in which they differ floral and fruity notes: rose, maraschino cherry, red fruit and hints of iodine on a rhubarb and sweet spices. The palate has a right to the body weight in balance and freshness, is intense and soft with a lingering fruity finish.
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    Price: $78.92 USD
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    Dolcetto, 1985

    Pio Cesare
    Clearance Offer | was £49 | Now £35

    A native black grape variety of Northern Italy grown almost exclusively in the provinces of Cuneo and Alessandria in Piedmont. It is relatively easy to cultivate, although it is susceptible to fungal diseases. It ripens before Barbera and Nebbiolo and is often grown in high north-facing sites which would be unsuitable for Nebbiolo. The finest Dolcetto wines come from grapes grown on soils rich with white marls, especially those found on the right bank of the River Tauro. The wines generally are low in tannins and acidity and are usually fruity and fragrant, often with hints of almonds.
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    Price: $46.82 USD
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    Dolcetto d'Alba, 1985

    Cantine Prandi

    A native black grape variety of Northern Italy grown almost exclusively in the provinces of Cuneo and Alessandria in Piedmont. It is relatively easy to cultivate, although it is susceptible to fungal diseases. It ripens before Barbera and Nebbiolo and is often grown in high north-facing sites which would be unsuitable for Nebbiolo. The finest Dolcetto wines come from grapes grown on soils rich with white marls, especially those found on the right bank of the River Tauro. The wines generally are low in tannins and acidity and are usually fruity and fragrant, often with hints of almonds.
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    Price: $65.55 USD
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