Château Margaux Margaux Bottle 1995
Berry Bros & Rudd review: A first growth and perhaps the most famous wine in the world. Since its rebirth<br/>in 1978 the wine has never really been surpassed. The grapes are hand picked<br/>and sorted. Fermentation takes place in both 100% new oak and tanks. This is<br/>followed by 18 months to 2 years maturation in oak afterwhich the wine is fined<br/>but not filtered. The grapes are 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5%<br/>Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. There are aromas of liquorice, sweet smoky new<br/>oak, jammy black fruits and minerals. There is an extraordinary richness and<br/>balance. A truly exceptional wine.
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The 1995 has fleshed out, developed more intensity, in addition to some stunning aromatics since I tasted it last spring. It appears to be a sensational Chateau Margaux that should take its place alongside some of the great wines produced at this estate under the Mentzelopoulos regime. Will this vintage ultimately rival the 1990, 1986, 1983, or 1982? I doubt it, but this majestic wine is not far off the mark of those classics. The wine’s opaque purple color is followed by a fabulously sweet nose of black fruits, licorice, smoke, and the alluring floral scents that are so typical of Chateau Margaux. There is admirable flavor intensity and presence on the palate, as well as layers of black fruits, full body, and well-integrated toasty oak, acidity, and tannin. In comparison with other great vintages, it is not as creamy-textured and flattering as the 1990, but neither is it as backward and tannic as the 1986. Given the fact that it has developed so spectacularly in cask, this should be a Chateau Margaux to drink between 2005–2025.
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