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Château Beychevelle, St-Julien, 4th growth 1985
Stunning example of a nicely mature claret. Deep ruby tinged with brick red. A smokey, blackcurrant and lead pencil nose, full of finesse. Medium bodied on the palate with lots of cassis fruit and cedar. Extremely elegant yet at the same time warm and opulently textured. Long, long finish. Absolutely brilliant. (01/96)  Stunning. At the glorious peak of its drinking surely? So effortlessly combining elegance, length, structure, sweet fruit and opulence. Wonderful package of components: succulent, cedary bouquet, rich, plummy fruit, warmth, spice, earthiness, tremendous length, finely integrated tannin.....need I go on? (03/98)