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Château La Tour de By, Médoc, Cru Bourgeois 1985
I am a huge fan of the 1985 clarets, finding almost every example I have tasted to be amongst the most charming and delicious red Bordeaux wines of the past 20 years. Whilst they may not have the structure of 1986, or the sheer class of 1982, they are delicious and attractive wines. When this modest Cru Bourgeois came up in a job lot for sale I snapped it up. The colour is good and solid, still with some ruby at the core and an overall brickish hue. The nose is very attractive, with a cedar and leathery suggestion of dryness but plenty of black fruit character. On the palate a simple, but really enjoyable wine, with a soft, plummy fruit character and still plenty of sweetness, and rounded, slightly rustic tannins adding grip. Smooth and with decent length, this is very good indeed and will probably drink well for a few years yet. (11/03).