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Sep 9, 2008 09:03 PM

1985 Wine Suggestions?

I'm thinking of buying my parents a bottle of wine for their anniversary -- but I know next to nothing about wine. Any suggestions about specific wines or good places look for reviews/ratings would really be appreciated. I'd like to spend around $300 or less. Oh, and I think that they like tannins. Thank you!

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  1. 1985 was a WONDERFUL vintage for Champagne! I'd go that route. You can still find the 1985 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Charlie for about $120 and that is a killer bottle of wine.

    Otherwise, you can probably get a nice Bordeaux, too. The La Mission Haut Brion should be in your price range. But for me, I'd deffinitely go the Champagne route and the Charlie is a *strong* reccomendation.


    Other Bordeaux in your price range that Robert Parker scored well:

    Left Bank: Leoville Las Cases, Cos d'Estournel, Leoville Barton, Ducru Beaucaillou, Lynch Bages

    Right Bank: L'Arosee, Certan de May, La Conseillante, L'Evangile

    Of those, the only two from '85 I've had are the Ducru Beaucaillou and I *think* the Lynch Bages... neither wowed me. But Bordeaux rarely does.

    1. Excellent vintage for Vintage Porto, too.

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      1. re: zin1953

        The 1985 Graham or Fonseca Vintage Ports would make outstanding gifts.

      2. Here's a second for Champagne Charlie! and what's more celebratory for a "BIG" anniversary than Champagne?

        85 was also a fine year in Tuscany, and you should be able to get a great Brunello (sucn as the Biondi Santi) in your price range.

        1. K & L Wines in San Francisco, Redwood City, and Hollywood, may have some 1985 Champagne. They ship.

          For your price cap, you are probably limited to Champagne and Vintage Port. But that's a lot of port to drink if you don't have a lot of people to help you drink it. The port will certainly be tannic, though.

          You will find some Bordeaux available at wine auction web sties. The first growths will be out of reach price-wise, but you may find some others.

          1. Thanks for all the suggestions!