The 1985 Dom Pérignon is certainly quite approachable at this stage in its evolution. This wine will continue to improve with further bottle age. The bouquet is deep, complex, and still a tad adolescent, as it offers up scents of tart apples, pink grapefruit, gentle herbal tones, a touch of lime peel, stony minerality and a smoky topnote. On the palate, the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and still quite young, with a rock-solid core of fruit, bright acids, fine focus and balance, tiny bubbles and superb length and grip on the racy finish. While some tasters around the table thought this wine was drinking beautifully, for my palate it remains still a bit bound up in its minerally adolescence and will offer up significantly more opulence and toasty charm with another five to ten years of bottle age. It should prove to be an absolutely classic vintage of Dom Pérignon.
ABV: 12.5% | Bottle Size: 750ml