1995 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux (Previously $160)
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. (Web Only-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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This wine was consistently outstanding from cask, and I suspect it may eventually merit an even higher score, but it was totally closed when I saw it in November. Unfortunately, it was one of the few wines that I was only able to taste once after bottling. Nevertheless, it is a classic vin de garde, with a saturated ruby/purple color, and a tight but promising nose of sweet plum and cassis fruit intertwined with underbrush, vanillin, and licorice scents. The wine is ripe, medium to full-bodied, and rich, as well as unyielding, ferociously tannic, pure, and layered. The finish is extremely dry (sec, as the French would say), with a brooding angularity and toughness. In spite of this, my instincts suggest the requisite depth is present to balance out the structure. This effort will also require a decade of cellaring. (RP)
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