1995 Margaux- 375 ml
Wine Critic Reviews:
Wine Spectator | 97 WS
Since 1978 there have been only two first-growths (or two of the so-called "big eight" of Bordeaux) that have been consistently excellent to superb - Chateau Haut-Brion and Chateau Margaux. Margaux's admirable consistency is well-displayed in the 1993-95 wines. 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.
Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 96 RP
Wine of the vintage and the greatest Chateau Margaux ever 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. Best after 2005.
Wine Spectator | 96 RP-NM
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! Tasted blind at Philip's February Christmas Party.
Vinous Media | 95 VM
Sokolin 1995 Margaux Tasting Notes:
This fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon blend is introduced with a lovely red color and a classy, elegant bouquet of violets, cherry, cedar and cassis aromatics. The delicacy doesn't stop here: the palate is even more lavish than you'd expect. The cheerful notes of cherries, cassis and red berries will slowly charm their way straight to your heart and leave you thinking and dreaming about this wine long after the long-lasting finish with strong, enjoyable tannins has faded away.
|Country||France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.|
|Producer||Margaux: Margaux was one of five wines to achieve First Growth status in the Bordeaux Classification of 1855. These wines marry masculine power with elegance, velvety tannins, and sensual textures. Flavorful aromas and perfumes of ripe dark berries, tobacco, truffles, cassis, and violets are the signature of these Grand Vin. The Chateau Margaux vineyard consists of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc for the red wine grapes. The final blend on average usually contains close to 85% Cabernet Sauvignon in most vintages. The wine is characterized by great purity of fruit with silky textures and unique floral characteristics. The best vintages of Chateau Margaux are: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2000, 1999, 1996, 1995, 1990, 1989, 1986, 1985, 1983, 1982, 1959, 1953, 1929, 1928, 1921 and 1900.|
|Region||Bordeaux: Even among the greatest and most reputable wine regions on the planet, Bordeaux stands above the rest. The winemakers of this region have a single-minded dedication to the fine art of viticulture and their efforts never fail to show. If you consider yourself a fine wine enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to visit Bordeaux - life changing. Whether you wish to drink some inspirational and gripping wine as soon as possible, or you want to add some masterpieces to your collection, no region on Earth is a more obvious choice. The noble and beautiful Garonne and Dordogne rivers surge through southwestern France, enriching the soil in a way very few other places can boast. The limestone-based earth is rich in calcium, and the almost oceanic climate conditions give the staple Bordeaux grape varietals vigor and flavor like nowhere else. For their illustrious reds, Bordeaux winemakers rely on a proven combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Meanwhile, a sip of their excellent white wine hints at the use of Semillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc.Each of these varietals carries a unique identity, making every quality wine a character piece to rival Citizen Kane. It can be incredibly hard to choose only a few wines to collect for your cellar!|
|Type of Wine||Bordeaux Red: Picture in your mind a combination of cedar, lead pencil, blackcurrant, plum and mineral aromatics, and texture that caresses your palate like a playful lover. The experience is thrilling from the first whiff to the final seconds of a tannic, generous finish - that is what you'll get from a Bordeaux Red|
|Varietal||Bordeaux Blend: Since its birth in France, the art of Bordeaux-inspired blends has been brought to regions like California, and Washington, where New World visionaries add their own unique spin to the formula, creating mouth-watering tributes to Bordeaux's viticultural greatness. Today, with a compelling cultural mixture, sampling Bordeaux blends is more excited than ever.|
Raspberries are perfectly ripe and dreamy, and it feels like they explode in your mouthWhile it may not be my favorite Margaux, this vintage should not be underestimated. I purchased two bottles - one for the cellar, one for the dinner table. My wife enjoyed it even more than I did, and that second bottle may get opened in front of our family members. The price is reasonable, and the wine is remarkable.<br/>I like the creamy vanilla influence juxtaposed with the more earthy feeling of toasted oak. Raspberries are perfectly ripe and dreamy, and it feels like they explode in your mouth. If that sounds appealing, then I can imagine you would enjoy this wine.
Vintages like these can sometimes remind us why we are fascinated by the world of wine, and all of its beautiful subtleties.What a bombshell of a wine this is! The visionaries at Chateau Margaux managed to outperform not just their competition, but themselves as well. The main star of the show, at least when it comes to flavors, is the incredibly juicy raspberry presence. Vanilla and oak effortlessly hold their own as well. It all culminates through a very tasteful, extended finish.<br/>Vintages like these can sometimes remind us why we are fascinated by the world of wine, and all of its beautiful subtleties. The thrill that comes with sampling fine wine combines perfectly with the excited anticipation that precedes it.