Learn more about 1985 Red Burgundy
A candidate for the vintage of the decade and especially for Red Burgundies which produced an above-average size crop of immensely seductive wines.
The year began with intense cold in January, with temperatures approaching -30°C, enough to kill off some vines in the flatter land of the Côte de Nuits, such as the village vineyards of Gevrey-Chambertin or the lowest part of Clos de Vougeot. An uneventful first half of the summer gave way to ideal weather in August and September and a problem free harvest which began on 24th September.
In youth the wines were abundantly ripe and juicy, although there were worries concerning the lowish acidities. Fears for the longevity of the wines appear to have been unjustified, with the best examples displaying very good depth of fruit and great finesse into the early 2000s.