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 Léoville Las Cases, 1995

    Château Léoville Las Cases, 1995

    Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2025
    Reviewer Rating: 95 - Robert Parker

    "...one of the vintage's great success stories...staggeringly rich...Exceptionally ripe cassis fruit, the judicious use of toasty new oak, and a thrilling mineral character...a compelling effort. " Robert Parker

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  2. Château Latour, 1995

    Château Latour, 1995

    Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2050
    Reviewer Rating: 96 - Robert Parker

    ""A beauty, the opaque dense purple-colored 1995 [Latour] exhibits jammy cassis, vanillin, and minerals in its fragrant but still youthful aromatics...a magnificent example of Latour." Robert Parker

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