1995 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux (Previously $160)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A more lucid hue than the 1996, this has more ripeness and sensuality on the nose. Redcurrants, cherry and bilberry with tangible new oak. With aeration, a hint of fig compote develops. There is certainly good fruit concentration on the full-bodied, vigorous palate, quite sinewy in style with great weight. Powerful and yet still very right. Layers of red-berried fruit, a hint of damson, cedar and pencil lead. Surprisingly masculine, this has great potential, more so than the ensuing vintage. Drink 2012-2035. (NM)
Very ripe, with an almost raisiny edge. Light vanilla flavor. Full-bodied, with lots of ripe fruit and a long, caressing, silky finish. Gorgeous wine. (JS, Web-2007)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated ruby-red, even darker than the '96. Currant, raspberry, tobacco and cedary oak on the nose. Full and sweet in the middle palate, with strong, lively flavors. Here the toothcoating tannins seem slightly less well integrated today but they are ripe and even. Really creamy in the mouth, but with the structure to age.
First entire vintage of the new owners who arrive in July 1994. Much darker and more concentrated than the 1996. Some floral fragrance but more obvious ripeness on the nose than the fresher 1996. Very solid with rather winning framework. Very dry rather than sweet on the finish. Solid with some still-inky tannins. Lots of chew but pretty magnificent, for the future. Hot, dry summer has made quite a bruiser of a vintage with very firm tannins. 17.5/20 points