Médoc and Graves, 1995

1995 was an excellent Bordeaux vintage on both banks of the Gironde, and Saint-Emilion and Pomerol produced some truly great wines in particular. It was also a welcome relief for producers following three difficult vintages.

The wines had good tannin and aged exceptionally well in bottle – with the best Merlots being fat and concentrated, and the Cabernets blessed with plenty of flesh and structure. Consistency was the keyword across all appellations in 1995 (unlike 1996), and a hot, dry summer (avoiding drought due to high ground water levels from previous years) was only upset by some rains in early September, and much of the harvest was picked in perfect conditions.

In terms of pricing, those who bought at original market prices got some real bargains. However, latterly the prices rose considerably.

As for dry whites in the Graves, there were some pretty good wines across the board, but Sauternes was average. 

The wines

1995 was a very good to excellent year on the left bank, with great consistency of quality throughout, especially in the northern Médoc appellations of Saint-Julien Saint Estèphe and Pauillac. Big in structure, weight and tannin, these are wines for the long-haul, and have proved even better than anticipated after some bottle-age.

In the Graves quality was slightly more irregular and it was just an average year for the whites, although it produced a core of exceptional reds.

Médoc and Graves, 1995

1995 was an excellent Bordeaux vintage on both banks of the Gironde, and Saint-Emilion and Pomerol produced some truly great wines in particular. It was also a welcome relief for producers following three difficult vintages.

The wines had good tannin and aged exceptionally well in bottle – with the best Merlots being fat and concentrated, and the Cabernets blessed with plenty of flesh and structure. Consistency was the keyword across all appellations in 1995 (unlike 1996), and a hot, dry summer (avoiding drought due to high ground water levels from previous years) was only upset by some rains in early September, and much of the harvest was picked in perfect conditions.

In terms of pricing, those who bought at original market prices got some real bargains. However, latterly the prices rose considerably.

As for dry whites in the Graves, there were some pretty good wines across the board, but Sauternes was average. 

The wines

1995 was a very good to excellent year on the left bank, with great consistency of quality throughout, especially in the northern Médoc appellations of Saint-Julien Saint Estèphe and Pauillac. Big in structure, weight and tannin, these are wines for the long-haul, and have proved even better than anticipated after some bottle-age.

In the Graves quality was slightly more irregular and it was just an average year for the whites, although it produced a core of exceptional reds.

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  1. Château La Mission Haut-Brion, 1995

    Château La Mission Haut-Brion, 1995

    Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2020-2035
    Reviewer Rating: 95 - Robert Parker

    "One of the bigger wines of the vintage, the ripe, powerful Merlot component has buttressed the Cabernet elements, giving the wine plenty of body, tannin and La Mission’s classic asphalt, cassis, blackberry, smoky barbecue, meaty notes intermixed with a hint of hot rocks." Robert Parker

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