1995 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Very youthful, with a ripe core of red currant and raspberry fruit and licorice flavor surrounded by creamy tannins. Plenty of smoke, mineral and tobacco notes chiming in, but this still has a ways to go, with plenty of grip still on the finish.--1995 Châteauneuf-du-Pape retrospective. Drink now through 2025.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Still closed and tannic, the 1995 requires an additional 5-6 years of cellaring. It should keep well through 2020. (RP)
93 points Neil Martin's Wine Journal: "A light nose of red cherries, raspberry, lawn cuttings and a touch of iron rust, all with very fine definition and lift. The palate is soft on the entry, full of rounded red-berried fruit with a touch of leather. Very harmonious, gaining weight all the time in the glass with gamey, animally notes becoming ever more intense with great poise and tension on the tannic finish. A feminine, wily Beaucastel with a long plateau ahead. Drink now-2025. Tasted September 2007."