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1995 Château Margaux

abv 12.5%
  • 95 WA
  • 100 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 53554-1995

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    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.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    Excellent deep ruby color. Very complex aromas of blackcurrant, wild plum, violets, minerals, tar and smoky oak. Dense and supple, with great sweetness of fruit. Doesn't have quite the sheer power of the '96, but the flavors build and build. Substantial tannins are chewier than those of the '96 but hit the palate later. 1986 was the vintage with the highest level of polyphenols ever recorded at this estate, but '95 was the runner-up, according to Pontallier. Because this big, tannic wine needed longer barrel aging, it was bottled later than normal, in November of '97.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 1998
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    From magnum. Much more expressive on the nose than the Mouton 1995 tasted alongside. More developed, a little bit leafy, fresh and soft in the mouth. Sweeter than the Mouton too and silky on the palate. I'm not sure that this particular bottle would last well to 2025, even though it is a magnum, but I imagine other bottles might. (JH)
    Author: Julia Harding MW
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 100

    Wine of the vintage and the greatest Chateau Margaux yet produced. A stunning red. The essence of raspberry, violet and berry, with hints of vanilla and toasted oak. Full-bodied and thick, yet racy, with masses of tannins and a harmonious structure. Long, long finish. 18,000 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: RDV
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Drink Dates: 2000-2015
    Author: Ed K994
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Drink Dates: 2012-2020
    Author: flavio
  • Self | Rating: 96

    dark red,beautiful cedar bouquet,sweet,ripe fruit with massive structure underneath.Still too young but great tasting experience.
    Author: MarcelB
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Fabulous. Cassis and minerality on the nose. Dark fruit and sweet cassis on the palate ending in a long layered finish. This stil has a long way to go.
    Drink Dates: 2000-2025
    Author: Conrad K
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Here?s where the class of Margaux becomes very evident. While taut and compact (it shut down even more severely throughout the evening), this wine is exceptionally focused and hints at the exotic, with notes of violet, boysenberry, mocha, espresso and cr?me de cassis lurking in the background. In the palate, you can sense the wine is impeccably balanced, supremely channeled and light on its feet (although it demonstrates quite a bit of power). Don'texpect an explosion anytime soon; hibernation seems to be the word of the day for this vin de garde
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
  • Self | Rating: 94

    I decanted but should of let breath longer. Still a bit young and tight yet shows it has great stuff. Red and dark berry fruit. Complemented by notes of Christmas spices, olives, new saddle leather and sandalwood. Medium-bodied, well-balanced with nice finish.
    Drink Dates: 2013-2033
    Author: StuTarheel
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Drink Dates: 2000-2008
    Author: NugHard
Chateau Margaux is one of the five First Growths ranked in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. The neo-Palladian style chateau was built in the 18th century by architect Louis Combes for the Marquis de la Colonilla. Chateau Margaux has been well regarded in history and stands among Thomas Jefferson's favorite chateaux. Since 1977, the estate has been directed by the Mentzelopoulos family with winemaking team director Paul Pontallier, cellar master Jean Grangerou and consulting oenologist Emile Peynaud. The vineyards are primarily Cabernet Sauvignon (75%), with the balance composed of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. In addition to the chateau's grand vin, the estate produces a second label called Pavillon Rouge de Chateau Margaux and Pavillon Blanc de Chateau Margaux, a white made from Sauvignon Blanc. Chateau Margaux's finest vintages include 1900, 1928, 1953, 1961, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1990, 1996, 2000, 2003, and 2005.

Margaux is often considered the most "feminine" of the First Growths. It is sensuous with fine tannins that give it a sense of clarity. The wine has dark berry aromas such as boysenberry or blackberries. The bouquet is characterized by ripe black currants, spicy vanilla and violets. A strong minerality is often found in the lengthy finish.

Chateau Margaux, featured in The World of Fine Wine: Chateau Margaux A Deux

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Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 4522 bottles owned
  • 685 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 97
    (Out of 685 collectors)