1995 Margaux, Margaux
This still broods seriously, with dark plum, currant and blackberry fruit, studded with charcoal, singed tobacco and cedar notes and backed by a serious grip of roasted earth. The gorgeously long finish is driven by old-school tannins, with the smoldering edge going on and on. A brick house of a Margaux, with more charcoal than graphite, more austerity than elegance and more power than refinement.—Non-blind Château Margaux vertical (December 2013). Drink now through 2034. (Web-2014)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium garnet colour going brick at the rim. The nose is beginning to showing signs of evolution with aromas of leather, game, warm cassis, dried plums and cloves. Medium to high acidity, medium body and medium to firm, fine tannins support earthy, blackcurrant-preserve fruit. Long finish. Drink now - 2030+. Tasted February 2009. (LPB)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Excellent deep ruby color. Very complex aromas of blackcurrant, wild plum, violets, minerals, tar and smoky oak. Dense and supple, with great sweetness of fruit. Doesn't have quite the sheer power of the '96, but the flavors build and build. Substantial tannins are chewier than those of the '96 but hit the palate later. 1986 was the vintage with the highest level of polyphenols ever recorded at this estate, but '95 was the runner-up, according to Pontallier. Because this big, tannic wine needed longer barrel aging, it was bottled later than normal, in November of '97.
Dense crimson with less development at the rim than the 1996. Lovely complexity and density - so much more than on the 1996. Mellowing ripe autumn fruit with liquorice and sweetness and some pretty briary tannins on the end. Very exotic but there is sufficient fruit for the tannins here. Long. 18.5/20 points.