Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 95 points: "The fully mature 1985 exhibits a deep ruby color, and a ripe, oaky, curranty bouquet with a trace of herbaceousness. This lovely wine is rich, elegant, supple, and not dissimilar from the style of the 1979 and 1981. Anticipated maturity: Now-2002… One of the most consistent wines made in Bordeaux since the late seventies, Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (called Pichon-Lalande by its admirers) is unquestionably one of France's most popular wines. It combines wonderful finesse, complexity, and supple richness with adequate availability and early drinkability." When to drink: 2009 to 2025.
Jancis Robinson 17/20 points: "Nicolas Glumineau chose to serve this after the 1996 at the château and perhaps it was not flattered by the proximity. It's a nice wine that would probably shine in isolation but seemed a little tart and green on the nose (like so many 1985s now) - even though the texture was superb. If you have a case, start to drink it! When to drink: 1995 to 2020." (7/2015)