1995 Margaux 750ml

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WS 100   WA 95   IWC 94(+?)   JR 17.5   Collector 97
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


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.

Drink Dates: 2005+
Author: James Suckling


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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.

Drink Dates: 2005-2040
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 115

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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: Issue 78

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17.5

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)

Drink Dates: 2010-2025
Author: Julia Harding MW


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 99
Author: flavio
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 05/17/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2020

Rating: 97
Author: RDV
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 01/06/2013

Rating: 96
Author: Conrad K
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/11/2010
Drink Dates: 2000-2025
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.

Rating: 96
Author: MarcelB
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 12/11/2010
dark red,beautiful cedar bouquet,sweet,ripe fruit with massive structure underneath.Still too young but great tasting experience.

Rating: 94
Author: StuTarheel
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 09/29/2013
Drink Dates: 2013-2033
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.

Average rating: 94, based on 9 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

5058 bottles owned by 999 collectors.

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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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Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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