- Leoville Las Cases Saint Julien 1986$659.98Availability:In Stock98 Points! The 1986 Leoville-Las Cases is still so youthful in appearance after 30 years, with only a thin bricking on the rim giving away its age. The bouquet is magnificent: extraordinarily pure and delineated, bewitching black fruit laced with cedar and graphite, the latter lending an almost Pauillac-like personality. The palate is exactly as I have found the previous dozen or so bottles I have tasted: structured, delineated, intense, aristocratic and imperious. It is less formidable than say, ten years ago, so it has probably just stepped onto its drinking plateau. The acidity is perfectly judged lending freshness and tension, crucial to counterbalance those layers of spicy black fruit that fans out with cedar and graphite (again) towards the finish. You come away with the feeling of having consumed a wine with immense energy, yet with so much more to give over the next three decades, and knowing this property, perhaps even the three decades after that! I would agree with the late Michel Delon: the 1986 Léoville Las-Cases is the summit of the 1980s. Tasted September 2016. - Neal Martin, robertparker.comLearn More
- Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 1995VM93$119.98Availability:In Stock93 Points! Medium red. Cherry, plum, smoke and brown spices on the nose, plus hints of tobacco and earth. Fat and stuffed with fruit; like velvet in the mouth. Finishes with very suave, fine tannins and just enough grip. Completely avoids the dry side of this vintage. An impeccably balanced wine that's likely to provide early pleasure but improve with time in bottle.
- Falletto di Bruno Giacosa Barolo Serralunga d'Alba 1995VM92$189.98Availability:In Stock92+ Points! Highly nuanced, expressive aromas of roasted plum, cherry, maple syrup, dried rose, game, smoke, truffle, tar and earth. Superripe but brooding and backward; a distinctly masculine style of Barolo. Finishes with impressive tannic clout and a bit less length than the '96.
- Gloria Saint Julien 1995WS90$74.98Availability:In Stock90 Points! Rather tough now, but with seriously good fruit concentration. Cherry and wet earth aromas. Medium-bodied, with full tannins and a tannic finish. Will improve with age. Best after 2002. - James Suckling, Wine Spectator, January 1998
- Lagrange Saint Julien 1995WS91WA90$99.98Availability:In Stock90 Points! A blend of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 13% Petit Verdot, the ’95 Lagrange is surprisingly muted on the nose – perhaps one of those 1995’s that has gone into its shell a little. A little herbaceous, slightly meaty in fact. Comparing it to the 1996, it certainly has less freshness and vitality. The palate is fleshier, but lacking the sense of purpose and breeding of the 1996. Ripe blackberry, raspberry, graphite, cedar and dried blood. Good length, but not as well defined as the 1996 on the finish and I think this will drink sooner. Tasted September 2008. - Neal Martin, robertparker.comLearn More
- La Mission Haut Brion Pessac Leognan 1995WA95$324.98Availability:In Stock95+ Points! This vintage is aging at a glacial pace and the tannins are currently more significant than their counterbalancing components of fruit and glycerin. While the word “potential” seems to be the most positive deor for this vintage, there are some nagging doubts about whether all the tannins will melt away and the fruit will hold. As in most 1995s, the color remains a healthy dark plum/purple. 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. The 1995 is still a young wine and I am beginning to wonder if this vintage overall will resemble 1975 rather than something with more charm? Anticipated maturity: 2020-2035?. - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #202, 2012Learn More
- La Conseillante Pomerol 1995WS93WA94$164.98Availability:In Stock94 Points! Ex-cellar bottle tasted at Bordeaux Index’s Conseillante dinner at The Ledbury. A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, it is the latter than dominates the nose at first with touches of pepper and underbrush, but then it reveals a more exotic side, crushed flowers, apricot jam and orange zest developing in the glass, then touches of kirsch and molasses. This is very complex and alluring. The palate is full-bodied, firm tannins and touch of Moroccan spice; wonderful vibrant black fruits with a tannic, roasted chestnut finish that goes on and on. Quintessential Pomerol. You could drink this now but I would prefer to leave it. Drink now-2020. Tasted December 2009. - Neal Martin, robertparker.comLearn More
- Grand Puy Lacoste Pauillac 1995 1.5L MagnumWA92$299.98Availability:In Stock92 Points! Tasted at The Ledbury at the Grand Puy Lacoste dinner. Contrasting the 1995 against the 1996, the delicious 1995 is probably drinking sooner. The nose is delightful with fine delineation: crisp red berried fruit, raspberry and wild strawberry interlaced with cedar and mint. The palate is well defined with a great sense of tension and vigour. Very fine, crisp tannins married with lively red fruits that want to leap out of the glass. There are hints of tobacco and cedar towards the finish that shows fine persistency, if not the complexity of other vintages. Simply delicious to drink. Tasted September 2011. - Neal Martin, robertparker.comLearn More
- Figeac Saint Emilion 1995WA92$299.98Availability:In Stock92 Points! Tasted at the Château Figeac vertical at the property from one of the last remaining imperials, one could argue that the six-liter format would have benefit the 1995 Figeac. Even so, that should not take anything away from this, the best vintage of that decade. Firstly, one notices that it is deeper in color than the underwhelming 1996. Then you fall into the aromatics, a beguiling concoction of blackcurrant pastilles, melted tar and tobacco all beautifully preserved after two decades. What differentiates it from the succeeding vintages is that here there is the fruit to back it up. The palate is fresh and quite dense in the mouth. The acidity is perfectly matched to the fruit, lively with a touch of piquancy on the ebullient, red cherry and wild strawberry finish that still has a bit of glycerin. The 1995 is the best vintage between 1990 and 2001, and represents a worthy wine to celebrate Thierry Manoncourt's 50th vintage. Tasted June 2015. - Neal Martin, robertparker.comLearn More
- Ducru Beaucaillou Saint Julien 1995WS95WA94$224.98Availability:In Stock94 Points! Tasted at Farr’s Ducru-Beaucaillou dinner at the Ledbury. Consistent notes with a fabulous Saint Julien that is only just beginning to reach its drinking plateau. The nose is ripe and opulent with hints of wild mint that lend it a Pauillac-like allure. The palate is medium-bodied with cranberry; red cherry and cedar on the entry, a first wave of sweet fruit but then a more structured, masculine finish that is just beginning to mellow. Excellent. Tasted October 2010. - Neal Martin, robertparker.comLearn More
- Canon La Gaffeliere Saint Emilion 1995WA91$119.98Availability:In Stock91 Points! A massive wine, with a cigar box, chocolatey, thick, black currant and cherry-scented nose, this full-bodied wine is crammed with layers of fruit, extract, glycerin, and alcohol. Spicy yet rich, with high tannin, the 1995 Canon-La-Gaffeliere will need a minimum of 5-6 years of cellaring. The finish is long and rich, and the tannin sweet rather than astringent. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2020. - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #115, 1998Learn More
- Talbot Saint Julien 1995 1.5L MagnumWS90$329.98Availability:In Stock90 Points! Blackberry, lightly toasted oak and cedar on the nose. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long silky finish. Needs time to open.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2008. - James Suckling, Wine Spectator, 2007Learn More
- Ridge Monte Bello 1995JS97VM97$349.98Availability:In Stock97 Points! The 1995 Monte Bello is powerful, bright and incisive. At twenty years of age, the 1995 retains gorgeous, refreshing acidity that gives the wine lift and energy. The 1995 is a brooding Monte Bello, with darker tonalities of fruit and accompanying notes of smoke, licorice, spice, menthol, tobacco and cedar. Although the 1995 is striking today, it could also use more time in bottle, as it remains a touch compact and austere, especially next to the 2012 and 2002 tasted alongside it. Readers who enjoy cool, mineral and savory inflected Cabernets will adore the 1995, a wine that will drink well for another 20 years. Vineyard manager David Gates describes 1995 as a cool, relaxed, late ripening season that yielded small berries with elevated tannins. A second recent bottle was a bit more open and ample. Either way, the 1995 Monte Bello is a remarkably vivid, expressive wine that has a long life ahead of it. Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, July 2016Learn More