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Margaux 1995

RegionBordeaux
Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > Margaux
ColourRed
TypeStill
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

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Tasting Notes

The 1995 Ch√Ęteau Margaux is a vintage perhaps unfairly over-shadowed by the imperious 1996. That is unfair because the late Paul Pontallier crafted a great First Growth this year. It has a very impressive, quintessential Margaux bouquet that is undimmed after 23 years: black fruit, graphite, crushed violets and a touch of tobacco. If anything it becomes more and more pure with aeration and demonstrates exquisite delineation. The palate is very finely balanced. No, it does not have the intensity, the crystalline nature of the 1996 and yet there is a femininity and a finesse here that sweeps you off your feet. It is entertaining the possibility of secondary flavours but it remains focused on the red and black fruit, tensile on the almost balletic finish. Bon vin! Tasted blind at Philip's February Christmas Party. 2018 - 2035

95
Neal Martin, vinous.com, July 2018

The 1995 has continued to flesh out, developing into one of the great classics made under the Mentzelopoulos regime. The colour is opaque ruby/purple. The nose offers aromas of licorice and sweet smoky new oak intermixed with jammy black fruits, licorice, and minerals. The wine is medium to full-bodied, with extraordinary richness, fabulous equilibrium, and hefty tannin in the finish. In spite of its large size and youthfulness, this wine is user-friendly and accessible. This is a thrilling Margaux that will always be softer and more evolved than its broader shouldered sibling, the 1996. How fascinating it will be to follow the evolution of both of these vintages over the next half century. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2040

95
Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

Dark color. Black licorice, coffee, currants and black olives. Complex nose. A full-bodied, chewy blockbuster of a wine that is not giving anything at all away. It is like buried treasure still; you have to search for the gold. And it's there. Fabulous. Please give this time.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2014. 18,000 cases made

100
James Suckling, Wine Spectator, January 2007

Looks quite a bit more mature than the 1996 on the nose - even if there is still quite a tannic charge. Mellow, well evolved nose. Round and silky and already quite drinkable. Lovely and balanced. Very fresh. Elegant and polished. Great to drink now even though there is still some fine tannin. Mid weight. Pretty dry finish. Anthony Hanson thought the 1995 was less evolved than the 1996 but Michael Broadbent and I disagreed on that. Drink 2009 - 2020. Date tasted 11th Apr 08.

17.5
Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2008
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95
Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

Bottled very late (November, 1997), the 1995 has continued to flesh out, developing into one of the great classics made under the Mentzelopoulos regime. The color is opaque ruby/purple. The nose offers aromas of licorice and sweet smoky new oak intermixed with jammy black fruits, licorice, and minerals. The wine is medium to full-bodied, with extraordinary richness, fabulous equilibrium, and hefty tannin in the finish. In spite of its large size and youthfulness, this wine is user-friendly and accessible. This is a thrilling Margaux that will always be softer and more evolved than its broader-shouldered sibling, the 1996. How fascinating it will be to follow the evolution of both of these vintages over the next half century

95
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (115), February 1998
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