1995 Domaine Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis 1er Cru Vielles Vignes
Allen Meadows - Burghound
(opened from personal storage). This remains remarkably fresh and while no longer youthful, there are only the initial stages of secondary aromas on the densely fruited nose that also reflects notes of earth, spice and a sauvage hint. The equally concentrated, delicious, complex and serious flavors possess that natural sweetness and mouth coating richness of the finest burgundies, all wrapped in a sappy and gorgeously long finish. There are some residual tannins remains but this is one of those '95s that has structure but it is well-buffered and there is really no further upside development to be had. That said, this is no where close to the end of its life and should easily see another 20 to 30 years of evolution. In a word, terrific. Multiple, and consistent, notes.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This fabulous wine is crafted from a contiguous 50 year old parcel that sits astride two vineyards, Les Faconnieres and Les Chenevery. It is a medium-to-dark ruby-colored wine (originally rated 90-92 in Issue #111) reveals superb aromas of caramelized blackberries, cassis liqueur, underbrush, and Asian spices. Marvelously rich, pure, silky-textured, and expansive, it has enormous breadth, depth of fruit, and impressive precision to its fresh blueberry and cedar flavors. It is a medium-to-full-bodied, refined, powerful, and gorgeously ripe wine that also possesses formidable length. (PR)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Very good deep color. Rather shy but ripe aromas of creme de cassis and blackberry; little sign of the 50% new oak. Very dense and spicy on the palate, with terrific vinosity and the backbone to age. Finishes impressively long, with substantial but nicely buffered tannins. (ST)