Château Margaux 1995
“The palate is very finely balanced. No, it does not have the intensity, the crystalline nature of the 1996 and yet there is a femininity and a finesse here that sweeps you off your feet. Bon vin!” Neal Martin
|Grape Blend||Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Merlot 20%, Petit Verdot 5%|
Château Margaux 1995 was one of the finest wines of this excellent Bordeaux vintage, rated 100 points by Wine Spectator, and purchased in its original wooden case.
Château Margaux is one of Bordeaux's most strikingly elegant châteaux, approached by a grand tree-lined avenue. Yet, despite the estate's Bordeaux premier cru status, Margaux has a wonderful family feel, lacking the pretension and snobbery that enshrouds other elite Bordeaux châteaux - a highlight of our annual tasting visits - and we always receive a genuinely warm and friendly welcome. And Margaux's engaging personality is reflected in its wines - renowned for being rich and opulent.
The key behind Margaux's approach has been owner Corinne Mentzelopoulos who (together with the late director Paul Pontallier) has led Margaux both spiritually and in terms of quality, and there seems to be a remarkable team ethic and bond from the vineyard workers right through to the management. Philippe Bascaules was appointed director in 2016.
"This still broods seriously, with dark plum, currant and blackberry fruit, studded with charcoal, singed tobacco and cedar notes and backed by a serious grip of roasted earth. The gorgeously long finish is driven by old-school tannins, with the smoldering edge going on and on. A brick house of a Margaux, with more charcoal than graphite, more austerity than elegance and more power than refinement." Wine Spectator
“The 1995 Château Margaux is a vintage perhaps unfairly over-shadowed by the imperious 1996. That is unfair because the late Paul Pontallier crafted a great First Growth this year. It has a very impressive, quintessential Margaux bouquet that is undimmed after 23 years: black fruit, graphite, crushed violets and a touch of tobacco. If anything it becomes more and more pure with aeration and demonstrates exquisite delineation. The palate is very finely balanced. No, it does not have the intensity, the crystalline nature of the 1996 and yet there is a femininity and a finesse here that sweeps you off your feet. It is entertaining the possibility of secondary flavours but it remains focused on the red and black fruit, tensile on the almost balletic finish. Bon vin!” Neal Martin