1995 Bertrand Ambroise Corton Grand Cru "Le Rognet"
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This wine (originally rated a 91-93 in Issue #111) is dark-colored and boasts a nose of candied black cherries, sweet oak, cafe au lait, and butterscotch (!). This massive, powerful, thick, velvety-textured, vibrant, and full-bodied block-buster is crammed with super-sweet red and black fruit, blueberries, and mocha. Its intensely long finish reveals loads of supple tannins and strong toasted oak flavors. Out of barrel this was a hugely tannic wine, now it is elegant and focused - yet still muscular and fruit-driven.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby. Crystallized black cherry and licorice aromas, plus a faintly roasted, gamey aspect. Thick and stuffed with fruit; very sweet and pliant but delineated and vibrant. This also has a gracefulness that marks a new phase for Ambroise. Finishes with substantial tannins that avoid dryness.
Fabulous and exotic, this full-bodied '95 explodes with pure, fresh cassis, toasted oak, Oriental spices, violet and wet earth character. It's ripe and rich, but the wall of tannins will need until 2000 to soften.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
Intense, backward, earthy, syrah-like fruit and with massively extracted, incredibly tannic flavors.