1995 Margaux, Margaux
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. (Web Only- 2007)
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.
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.