By Chateau Margaux
1995 Margaux from Chateau Margaux, Margaux, Bordeaux
When one reflects upon the elite echelons of Bordeaux's finest vintages, the 1995 Margaux from Chateau Margaux frequently compels a reverent pause. This is a vintage which embodies the zenith of complex craftsmanship and climatic serendipity.
Singular Expression of an Illustrious Terroir
The year 1995 graced the Left Bank with conditions that could only be described as a vigneron’s tapestry, weaving a superb balance of ripe fruit and refined tannic structure. The 1995 Margaux encapsulates this excellence, distinguishing itself as an exquisite ambassador for the vintage. Reflecting the terroir of this storied appellation; with its deep gravel soils, it exquisitely channels the essence of its provenance in every sip.
A Mosaic of Aromas and Flavours
In this exceptional Margaux, one may anticipate a cornucopia of olfactory enchantment – blackcurrant and violets meld with subtler nuances of cedar and tobacco, forging an aromatic alliance that is both aristocratic and gripping. From the first taste, it reveals its profound complexity and intensity with layers of dark fruit interlaced with hints of earthiness and spices, culminating in the unmistakably silky finish that is the hallmark of Chateau Margaux's artistry.
The impeccable balance of acidity and firm yet polished tannins in the 1995 Margaux creates a scaffold upon which this noble offering can mature gracefully. Investment connoisseurs who recognise the longevity inherent in such a remarkable vintage will appreciate both the immediate drinking pleasure it provides and its potential for further evolution in the cellar.
Unrivalled Pedigree for Discerning Collectors
While all vintages from Chateau Margaux warrant admiration, the 1995 stands at a precipice where climatic aptitude met vinous acumen to birth a vintage deserving its place amongst the most esteemed collectibles. As a wine investment asset, it remains robust, embodying eloquence aligned with appreciable value accrument over time. The 1995 Margaux remains etched indelibly upon my palatal memory as one of consummate distinction.
Embedded within each bottle is a narrative steeped in winemaking heritage—a bespoke legacy that continues to enthrall enthusiasts and investors alike. As it resides within cellars or graces glasses today, this 1995 Margaux from Chateau Margaux persists in casting a spell of hedonistic splendor intertwined with prudent investment wisdom.
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Scores and tasting notes
On the nose, one can immediately detect the greater percentage of Merlot in the blend: more red fruits evident with touches of kirsch and cranberry, evolving a slight cooked meat aroma in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied, quite backward, with firm tannins, very seductive and intense. Lovely fleshy middle redolent of the -85 with a savoury aspect embellishing the finish that has a slight semblance to a Cabernet Franc based Saint Emilion. Very intellectual - it deserves another 8-10 years in bottle. Edging closer in quality to the 1996 but a different creature. Drink 2015-2035+ Tasted March 2008.
Neal Martin - Wine Journal May 2008
Bottled very late (November, 1997), the 1995 has continued to flesh out, developing into one of the great classics made under the Mentzelopoulos regime. The color is opaque ruby/purple. The nose offers aromas of licorice and sweet smoky new oak intermixed with jammy black fruits, licorice, and minerals. The wine is medium to full-bodied, with extraordinary richness, fabulous equilibrium, and hefty tannin in the finish. In spite of its large size and youthfulness, this wine is user-friendly and accessible. This is a thrilling Margaux that will always be softer and more evolved than its broader-shouldered sibling, the 1996. How fascinating it will be to follow the evolution of both of these vintages over the next half century. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2040.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 22 February 1998