Absolutely superb. This was a great reminder of why I love wine. The depth of this wine was stunning. Firmly in its drinking window, beautifully mature now but will hold for a long time. There may even be some additional improvement as this was slightly better on day 2. Just an amazing mature Bordeaux with loads of tertiary development. Ample fruit left, but it was verging on the slightly more aged raisiny spectrum. This was less about the mature fruit and more about the elegance, finesse, texture, and sheer quality of this wine. Silky, very fine grained tannins. Long minute+ finish with a hint of sweetness. Just incredible. This is going to hold for a long, long time.
Not as developed as the 1996 but starting to drink well. Lovely aromas of black cherry and cassis continue through on the palate with a long finish. Tannins are somewhat arresting but this will continue to improve as they even out.
I would make a terrible wine critic; I would pan bottles like this to keep the prices down and buy it all up myself! That said, this is absolutely not for those who favor big, brash claret (as an aside, I've never understood why those people drink claret in the first place...). I had this last in late 2012 from 750 and came back to it today (in 375) to check in. The character is unchanged and it really is evolving slowly, but good lord was it beautiful if you love classic claret. Youthful, lively, and invigorating, it has plenty of currant and cedar to show at the front, developing smokey spice notes and a beautiful violet perfume with 4 hours in a decanter. Perfectly balanced on its feet; sublime. Still needs plenty of time and I think that my original estimate is proving to be quite accurate - another 5 years and this should be opening. Enjoyed this from one of Hugh Johnson's decanters that I bought at auction.
The ‘95 Beaucaillou didn’t show as well as I’d hoped on this night, with an intense dark fruit and sweet tobacco and floral bouquet that seemed to be missed the slight rusticity that I love in these wines. On the palate, I found rich, dense textures with dark red fruits, hints of spice and fine tannin. It finished medium-long on dried fruits.
Tour des Deux Rives, San Francisco: I've had this wine thrice before. 5 years ago it was really singing with a ton of red fruit. I had it twice last fall and it was very complex but reticent on the nose and still tight on the palate. This time the bottle was ex-chateau and it was even more closed and austere. Aside from the red fruit, I got a eucalyptus note. I'd say well stored bottles need more time to flower. It think that this wine is still in young rather than over the hill because it is still primarily fruit driven. This wine needs to make good on its promise and Wine Spectator "Wine of the Year" designation.
94+ at Gary and Judy's: 3 hour decant and 3 hour slow o. This wine had everything you want in an aged Bordeaux. Easy to drink, wonderful nose and palate, silky, elegant, rich. Unanimous wine of the night.
Dark crimson with no signs of bricking, cassis, tobacco, vanilla, black currant, black plum, violets, grilled meats and herbaceous notes on the nose, prim and proper on the palate with loads of deep dark fruit, spice box, earth, graphite and bright acidity, finish is long and complex with classic Bordeaux characteristics of earth, graphite, plum, cherry and on and on and on
Decanted 2.5 hours before dinner, could have benefitted from another hour. Elegant as always for DB, beautifully balanced. Probably a couple of years from its drinking plateau, though fine now with a long decant. P thought 95,96.
Way....way... better than the last one I had in 2014. No comparison with that btl. This btl was divine. So sensually silky and resolved with head turning complexity. If I remember right Parker was in love with the '96 BDX vintage while WS loved '95 BDX vintage. I'm not a fan of either source for reviews but I might have to side with WS on liking 95 better. I think I've had more memorable 95s so far. This was one of them. Loved it! Classic BDX with a huge dollop of St Julien charm. My WOTN amongst several nice BDXs.
Monthly Tasting Group: Bordeaux with Some Real Honeys (Victory 44, Mpls, MN): Very dark red purple color. 3.5hr hour decant, drank 1 glass over 60 minutes plus. Pretty similar to the last time I had this. The nose is open, with ripe black fruits, wood, cassis, balsamic. The palate shows big dark fruit, anise, blackberry, scorched earth, graphite, big, bold, cassis, and firm tannins. A bit edgy like many '95's.
Bonhams Pre-Sale Tasting (San Francisco): Primary deep ruby looking. Full bodied. Excellent chocolatey richness, olive and blackberry flavors, significant tannin to resolve. Excellent but still very young. Give it at least another decade.
No score. Felt like there was not a lot there. Couldn't really detect a flaw hence no flawed rating or score. A bit disappointed as I was looking forward to this with steaks on Christmas day. Oh well have two more bottles and will give those a chance soon
Very closed at first, but became more expressive after a couple hours. Nice flavor, but never developed much on the nose and the finish was clipped. Quite tannic, but that worked well with the steak dinner, less so before the food arrived.
Had this alongside a 1995 Chateau Ducru-Beaucalllou and a 1993 Angelus, at a Steak night. The Angelus was double decanted, the Ducru popped and poured and the Mouton was opened, but not decanted, for two hours. All three wines were poured into decanters at the restaurant. We drank the Angelus first, followed by the Ducru, and the Mouton was drunk last.
Much better than the Angelus, not as good as the Mouton. Lots of tannin, this wine probably suffered by not opening it earlier. But after a few hours it came together and was a treat to drink.
Decanted for four hours prior to dinner . Very dark colour with no hint of aging; black berry and olives with smokey notes; tannins still dominated after four hours but fruit opened up nicely in the next two over dinner. Gorgeous wine but needs another five years.
Wine Tasted at Acker Auction (Riverpark - New York, NY): Small pour, brief note. Black fruit on nose and palate with power and good intensity. I don't adore how firm this finishes, but while that detracted from my overall enjoyment of the wine, I expect it will continue to soften, while the quality of the fruit keeps this very pleasurable.
░░░ Bordeaux 1995 ░░░: Clear garnet in color. Nose shows leather and red berries but did not show the typical St. Julien / Ducuru notes. Very elegant and smooth tannins. Long and elegant. The only point I did not like was the somewhat present acidity and the hard tannins. Maybe there is the potential for a great wine in a few years.
Clearly a quality wine, but on this night, it felt tight and closed. It wasn't giving up too much on the nose or the palate. You really needed to concentrate on this wine to realize that it will be something special. This is undoubtedly a special wine, and I firmly believe that it will show greatly with time. This is definitely a classic wine that is a long ager. I probably don't want to try another for 2-3 years. Big upside.
PnP. Good bottle, aromatic and clean just lack bit of intensity on the nose. Sweet and smooth on the attack. Vibrant acidity but not excessive. Firm mid-palate with plenty of tannins around. multi-layered and long finish with touch of warmth at backend. Some tertiary notes but still mainly primary. More open than previous bottle about 7 months ago. Good and approachable now but I would rather wait for another few years, this is going to be a long distance runner, will likely to last another 15 to 20 years. 93-95 pts (A)
Perfect nose - complex array of gravel, leather, cigar, earth, red and black fruit, Luden's cherry cough drops, with a tad spice. Well integrated, nicely matured wine. Excellent mid palate, tad thin in finish, but overall, lovely stuff. Some might wait even longer on this one, but right where I like them. A top notch bordeaux wine.
Italians, Bordeaux and a few more with friends (An upscale Italian Restaurant in Cleveland): Stunning wine. Could the 95's finally be reaching a maturity at 20 years? This bottle did. Awesome nose. Cassis, black raspberries, leather, tobacco and dust on the complex nose. Showing more youthful on the palate. Layers of cassis and earth and dried leaves. Great balance. Wonderful texture. Having just recently had all the 95 First growths but Lafite, this was in that company, perhaps just a bit lagging. This was opened and allowed to breath for an hour or two. A bit more air wouldn't hurt, but it was easily my WOTN.
This has hardly changed in 5 years! Immediately open with it's reassuring St. Julian nose of cherry fruit, leather and damp forest. All in such perfect harmony. Really flavoursome and gummy in the mouth and so vibrant and fresh. Just delicious and fresh drinking. Important to serve this cool or at the proper cellar temperature of 16-17C. It really enhances the flavoursome and you don't get any volatility that results from serving at room temperature of 24C. Sat in a cool water bath and was just perfect drinking right now. Bravo Bruno!
Slightly different note than bottle from last year though similar overall impression. This had a really impressive core of sweet dark red cherry fruit. Really beautiful and pure fruit. While there's no rush this was drinking really well.
Dark red core with bricking; fairly translucent and light in appearance. Perfectly mature with well integrated tannins and a nose of nice floral aromas and cassis. Unfortunately the wine left me disappointed with too much sweet cassis on the palate, which was too overpowering for me, and not quite reaching the heights that I had hoped for from one of my favourite bordeaux producers. I left a few glasses in the bottle overnight, and whilst it had not deteriorated, the cassis was still too sweet.
Whilst it should be better, I found the '86, '98, '99 and '01 all much better wines from Ducru Beaucaillou.
Although a well proportioned wine I have never appreciated this as much as the critics and have often been disappointed by its performance. The '95 was clearly outperformed by the '96 tonight, and surprisingly could not quite stand up to the squab breast with red wine risotto and wild mushrooms. The nose had the typical Ducru dark fruit and light spice but was most notably marked by mint and menthol aromas which persisted for quite some time. While a velvety palate on the front end, with notes of licorice, it ended short and tight. I may be in the minority but I do not see a great future in store for this wine.
A classic St. Julien wine drinking very well right now. Needed minimal air. Inviting nose of black currant, black cherry, mushroom, truffle, and fennel. Full-bodied with silky tannins. Overall excellent balance. Medium-plus finish. This wine is clearly in its drinking window and will remain there for a long time.
The colour was nicely garnet red, and swirling suggested an unctuous texture. The nose had hints of pure lime-juice and not much else. Was this backward? Tasting suggested the same, and there was lime juice on the palate too, with coconut and sour tangerines. There was tannin galore still, and a chicory undertone that suggested quite a long time to go; that tannin whammed its way through the finish, which lasted probably about 35 seconds. Overall this was good, a sort of savoury wine perhaps, but it needs another 3 years+ after which the score should go up.
Not sure whether it is provenance but this bottle was pristine and surprisingly very delightful. Decanted and aerated for an hour then drank over two. Conversely to my expectations, the nose was dominated by ripe red fruits, currants, cassis, raspberries, a slight hint of sweet tobacco. Deep ruby red color, some evolution evidenced in tawny rim. On the palate, very delicate entry, ripe red fruits dominating the mid palate, medium acidity and lower than the previous bottle, good structure, this wine to me was ready to drink. Medium bodied, the wine finishes with a slight candied fruit note, albeit not a long finish but with very fine tannins, almost fully resolved. So much about the struggle between fruit and tannins, this bottle renewed my fondness of the 95 left bank vintage. Latour 95 to be tasted soon!
This wine never got to place where I was in awe of it. I think the material is there but it comes off; oaky, primary and disjointed for my liking, right now. At almost age 20 this seems to need considerable more time or a long 4hr plus decant. This was decanted but I think, for a couple hours. Like R&R says 6 plus might, make a diff.
A Tour Through France Tuesday at Tilia (Tilia, Mpls): Very dark red purple color. Two hour decant, drank 1 glass over 90 minutes plus. The nose is brooding, black fruits, oak, cassis, balsamic, raspberry. The palate is more inviting with blackberry, scorched earth, graphite, big, bold, cassis, and firm tannins. This is still young and like many '95's can have some rougher edges. This could stand some cellar time or a very long decant, say 6 hours or so and maybe that might just tame it. 92(+)pts.
wow. had this side by side with a 95 pichon lalande. what a contrast. this is bright, red sweet fruit, lighter in body, well integrated, soft tannins and characteristic Bordeaux acidity with a pretty finish. a bit more merlot like to me compared to the Pichon Lalande. both great wines, just very very different.
Superb. Drinking better than ever. Purple color drifting to crimson, a hint of age on the rim, awesome aromatics of dark fruits, leather, eucalyptus (surprising). The wine has an unusual sweetness. Medium bodied, great balance, long finish. Terrific with the lamb, wish we had more.
Chicago Wine Flock...Hezi's Late 90s Trip Around the World (Hezi's -HP, IL): Tasted double blind. Large black fruit aromas and flavors, coming across and fir and slightly backward on both nose and palate. Firm tannins reduced the pleasure this wine provided tonight, this was one of the few bottles tonight that would clearly benefit from more time in the cellar. I liked this more than most in the group tonight.
13th of 24, decanted an hour, perfect fill, all notes better than fine - deepish garnet, not particularly developed on rim; nice bouquet, blackcurrant, bramble, secondaries of iron and graphite; med-full, long and complex, fresh ripe fruit, relatively youthful, qualitatively about the same as Las Cases 95. Fine plus (18/20).
An unpleasant metallic palate, nearly overpowering a strong currant and tobacco flavor with undertones of earth and mushroom. Not harsh enough to be considered defective, but definitely not my favorite.
Deep ruby with garnet influence- mild aroma of red berries, cassis,oak, olives, mushrooms and forest floor, on the palate tightly wound fruit, lacking body complex lasting finish. I was disappointed however according to the experts it needs at least another 6 years!
Deep ruby with garnet influence- mild aroma of red berries, cassis,oak, olives, mushrooms and forest floor, on the palate tightly wound fruit, lacking body complex lasting finish. I was disappointed however according to the experts it needs at least another 6 years!
Outstanding wine. No real brick colour, very youthful looking. Nose is a little discrete with primary, secondary and some tertiary notes. Great balance, lots of tanins that are well rounded. Oak is very well integrated. Very long with exciting spices at the end. Great stuff !!!
Color shows no sign of age and no sediment to speak. It took over an hour for the wine to fully open. Initially the tannins were searing but the wine was still smooth. After an hour, the tannins had lost some of their bite, but the backbone was plenty firm with the wine starting to get almost silky. Cassis, hard leather, tobacco, blueberries and blackberries, sweet Oak all beautifully layered. A 30+ second finish. This wine still has many years ahead with possible improvement still. I hope I live long enough to enjoy my larger formats of this wine at their peak.
Crisp, crunchy and tannic, with a masculine edge to the texture and tannins, this classic style offers a lot of freshness in the bright fruits, but is not ever going to fully soften. Lovers of more classic styles will like this more than I did.
Brown Bag Wine Dinner at Two Chefs - Double Blind (TWO CHEFS, MIAMI, FL): The wine looks garnet colored. The legs are slow. It smells like blackberry, black currant (cassis), mineral, cedar, lead pencil and violet. The body is full. The wine has polished texture. The wine finishes long. The wine has medium acidity. Tom's wine. Wine Spectator WOTY in 1997. I owned it, and believe it was at its peak at age 10. Has not lived up to its billing!
Opened 4 bottles for a friend's retirement party a few hours before the event. All corks were perfect and there was surprisingly very little sediment. Dark purple, mild earthy nose, smooth on the palate, after taste of dark fruit. Did not seem to be strong on the alcohol side. I know this can go many more years, but wonder if it is at its peak?
Lovely mature bordeaux. Popped and pour from cellar. Good fruit, well balanced with acids, super mild tannins and hints of the forest floor. No reason not to drink this all up as it won't get any better.
Decanted and get breath for a while. There was a lot of sediment, so caution is called for when pouring. This is a classically awesome wine. This wine is getting better and better. Lots of red fruit, some smoke and earth. Wonderful finish.
Miniinferno #1 in Umeň (Hemmavid, Umeå): Not an as inspirational delivery as I had anticipated. Very unfortunate, given this wine's reputation. Guess we got a weak one. Still has a good life ahead. Not the preferred wine by anyone at the dinner, but we finished the btl without any serious complaints. Only btl.
Score is a last glass score. Took about two hours to really open after double decant. Needed longer. This wine is still a youngster. Deep purple in color with no noticeable bricking at all. Incredible complexity with a bright nose, stony mineral qualities, and a finish that might take you into 2015. No rush to drink this. Be patient and decant thoroughly...enjoy! Great New Years bottle with filet and grilled asparagus.
Good but not great, still time in hand though. Nose was clean with cedar notes, ripe cassis and a whiff of leather. Smooth texture, typical St. Julien, somewhere between the femininity of Rauzan Segla which came before and the more masculine character of Lynch Bages which came after.
Served with Grilled Lamb and Porterhouse Steaks. Also drank alongside 2004 Bond Pluribus. Decanted both wines for only 30-45 minutes and wish that they had more time in the decanter prior to dinner. Wine was deep garnet with no bricking at the edges (Bond was opaque, nearly black in color). Nose was light and inviting. Had a great smooth texture with medium concentration. I guess you could use the term elegant to describe this and it was not overpowering in any way. Still with primary red currant, black cherry, and hints of spice. Stony acidity and well integrated tannins. Oak notes are extremely subtle. Finish is very long and pleasing. Despite its 18 years it is not really showing any signs of aging. Based on this I suspect that this wine will drink well for many, many years. Wish I had more. Perhaps I will buy some more.
Drank over lunch with friends for my 18th wedding anniversary. Medium to dark garnet bricking to the rim. Expressive nose of cedar, red cherry, leather and cassis. Medium-bodied with firm tannins, evolved fruit and balancing acidity. Long aftertaste. Excellent Bordeaux but was overshadowed by the two 1996 Pauillacs alongside which it was drank.
This bottle shows well from get go. Good nose and balance. Full bodied with plenty of tannins around, this wine should last for a long time, better slow down in consuming the rest of the case bought during EP years ago. Good chance the wine will continue to evolve and improve for a few more years yet. 93-95 pts.
Good nose just not as clean, hints of wood. Sweet and smooth on entry. Notes of tobacco, oak, and dark cherry. Slightly dry mid palate, despite being 18 years, still plenty of tannins but in a good way. No hint of alcohol, good acidity and balance. Full bodied with plenty of life ahead. This is a big wine. Holds up very well on 2nd day despite its age, no sign of oxidization and maintains good balance. Guess the wine will continue to evolve. Apparently Ducru 75' still drinking well even now. Will this last another 20 years? 92-94 pts.
Decanted sixty minutes, poured back into bottle, recorked, brought to dinner, uncorked, consumed over next two hours. This has developed nicely since my last tasting three years ago when I called it "awkward and tannic." Tannin is resolving nicely, allowing fruit to come forward and knit together. Lots of good things going on. Lead pencil, tobacco, forest floor...just needs to add a little more flesh in the mid-palate. Still a very youthful tasting wine. Hopefully, it will continue to evolve in this positive direction.
WineBerserkers SF Bordeaux Tasting (Le Charm, San Francisco): Subtle nose, needs time to open up, integrated fruit; palate is full bodied, slightly drying in midpalate, fruit is subtle, red fruit; finish is red fruit, short-medium length. Nice mature Bordeaux but lacks St. Julien character and is somewhat austere. Some mentioned that this appears to be the austere character of the 1995 vintage and may need lots of time. Perhaps, or perhaps it will never open up. 90
opened for 2hours in the bottle. Expressive scent of black currant, cedar and leather. Fine tannin. fruity and leather on the palate. Drink with another bottle of 1986 and 1995 wins almost in every aspect.
bright rich red with no mature signs. Classic St Julien cedar and cigar box. Still some unwinding to do but starting to flower. Lot of depth. Rich long beautifully balanced chewy fruit. Very long finish. Superb.
Decanted 4 hours prior to drinking. Cork in great condition, fill into neck. Stunning nose of cedar, pencil shavings and black currant compote. Tannins beautifully resolved, everything in balance. Not big wine but layers of flavor and a long finish. Will keep for 10+ years so no rush but delivering the goods now.
Dark color with hardly any fading. Fine nose of sweet black fruits along with minerals and black spices. Just beautifully delineated on the palate with lovely flavors of black currants, black rasberries and tobacco. Perfectly balanced with a deep mid-palate that leads to a concentrated and complex finish with mineral and dark spice notes. The tannins are firm but ripe and this is just classic claret in mid-age that is ultra-smooth and gorgeous. Whatever issues this estate had in the '80's, this wine seems much cleaner and to be aging much better than some of those vintages. Should only improve from here. 94+
Started out a lot better than it finished after 3 hours in the decanter. Dark ruby red, hints of aging at the rims, great nose of currants, cassis, earth, leather. Nice entry on the palate, found acidity slightly overshadowing the fruit, and a long finish. Medium to full bodied, decently complex and well balanced, tactile wine, but not a charmer. Drunk next to the 96 which was a lot more evolved and with much darker fruits. Will retry in a few years but my money for now is on the 96.
Getting to the end of the case now and it has been, and continues to be, gorgeous. This type of St Julien with the cedar wood pencil case nose is one of my favourite wine types. No hint of age in the colour, blackcurrants, spices and cedar wood nose, with rich fruit matched with vanilla, dark chocolate and pepper. Very long. At its peak I think. WoFW 18/20
Alluring and lovely aromas of black cherry and spice.. The first thing that hit me was the tannic structure, but as it sat in the decanter, it began to soften allowing the fruit to emerge. While the fruit was not juicy, it retained a freshness showing black cherries, with black tea and minerality in the background. It needs food to show best, and we enjoyed it with lamb. If I owned another bottle, I would hold it for a couple of years.
Clear purple color BLUEBERRY, cassis, oak Palate: blueberry, dark berries dark cherry , smoke wood, cassis, sweet round tannins, balanced, layers of fruits and aromas , muscular Chewy long finish great mid and back palate mature yet keep 14-16 years.
After waiting forever for this wine to develop, I was hoping for more at this stage. Good but not great, and not nearly as good as prior bottle. No real improvement on Day 2 so I expect it is not a cradle robbery problem.
Drank alongside the '94, this has a more polished but subdued nose of plum, cherry, and faint oak. Dark purple, no signs of bricking. Velvety and smooth, with surprisingly tame and well integrated tannins. This is drinking much better than many of the other '95 classified growths I've tried, especially given that this was a pop and pour, with about an hour of air time. Medium bodied, moderate acids and smooth tannin make for a lovely package. The lively acid spine to me suggests this will evolve further while the '94 is probably at its peak, but I do prefer the '94 today, though this is splitting hairs.
Completely opaque robe with a thin brick disc. The nose is initially dark fruited and cedary but fairly muted, showing more on the palate. Drunk over the next 4 hours with remarkable evolution. The nose develops in breadth rather than depth, showing pure dark fruit and less cedar but more floral and mineral notes. Extremely pure; great poise. A very fine wine, but still tight.
This is at the very beginning of its drinking window - wouldn't touch another one of these for a few years. Plenty of potential here - wait another decade.
Ruby color with intense nose of jammy blackberry and cassis, light meat smoke and turned earth and hints of tobacco. Full bodied on the palate with plum and blackberry fruits, earth and mouth coating fine tannin. Finishes long. Lots of life in this wine which should become more complex over next decade. Really good.
A small Columbus gathering (Nick C's House): My WOTN. Served blind. Cherry, earthy nose with a slight brett funk. The palate was tight initially with cherry and earth but quickly opened and evolved into something spectacular adding coffee, more red fruit, herbs and a hint of oak. High tannins/acid but very balanced due to the intensity and depth of the flavors. Drinking well now but very young with a long life ahead of it.
We decanted this about four hours before drinking. Left the stopper in the decanter for two hours before removing. The wine was delicious, robust, drinking beautifully with hints of raspberry. Tannins were not apparent. Group included people who know their wine and they were very positive. I am looking forward to more.
- Crimsom color. It's somewhat balanced and has flavours of black pepper and strawberry jam with a medium/full body. Coarse texture with a long finish - Makings of better wine. Had with 95 Cos which showed better balance. Integration ahold Coe over time. Revisit in 2013.
Not at all what I was expecting. This wine has evolved into it's secondary phase fully. Dark fruits and chocolate dominate this with a pretty heavy dose of tobacco and cedar. We enjoyed this wine, but I expected it to be a little younger. It may still evolve further, but if you like them on them on the younger side, it may be too late.
Opened a bit by accident ... decanted for like 2 hours which was a mistake as the wine tailed off. On open the nose was vibrant and although some decanting is needed we overdid it and the price we paid was the the nose fell of a cliff. 95 vintage is showing that it is not build to last unfortunately and no where close to the great 96. Definitely the tannins have smoothed out vs 3yrs ago when we tried it last , smooth and long with a good deal of depth but light on the complexity. Dark fruits on the nose but as said earlier the vibrant nose of start faided away. Good wine but not great . hopefully time will help the St Julien 95s to become as great as the once forgotten 85s. 91-93
Didn't take formal notes but the wine required a good deal of air time to evolve. Jeff Leve, very grapey almost candy like with dark fruit, fig, cassis, chocolate, strong youthful tannins. At least 5 more years.
Still deep garnet in color. Nose seems to indicate strong alcohol but not when you tasted it. The alcohol level is only 13%. Notes of cedar and cherry. Toasty oak at the end. Tannins were rather sweet for St. Julian. Still youthful but very well balance and is ready for consumption but I would prefer to put it way for another 2 to 3 years. But it is going to be difficult to keep my hands away from this beauty. 95 pts.
Dark garnet color in the glass. A nose of fruit, very mild oak, terroir. This wine is wonderful. All that is beautiful about St. Julien. Relaxed tannins invited you to a palate of bramble berry, mild cherry, tobacco and just enough earth to remind you of its heritage. The fruit is still youthful in presentation and very much in balance. This wine is drinking beautifully now. Wonderful long finish that is balanced and mindful. Only bad thing about this wine is that it was served at a friend's, and I have none in my cellar.
a veri disappointing bttl.tried tis bttl 3rd time.tis time doesnt impress me.the primary fruits is fading(insufficient)here.evident sign of aging but like i said,lack of primary fruits support.no pts rating.conclusion: tis cud b due to bttl variation.
dinner @ ann colgin's home. i'm certain i've had this wine a couple of times, but pre TN recording on CT! this is fresh and elegant and well balanced tonight. no harsh edges as on some other 95s. believe this is a former WS WOTY. in a very good place. drink or hold.
Two bottles tasted; bought on original release. Some bottle variation -- one bottle was lighter-bodied and showed an almost Hermitage-like character; the second had more of a typical St. Julien profile with deeper, plummier fruit. Both bottles were pretty tasty, and open for business, with silky textures and supple, nearly resolved tannins. The 1995 Medocs may be starting to come around? @MNWineGuy
its a gd bttl.tannins nt harsh,no sign of over the hill.i tink stil gt room for improvement given 2-4 yrs time.it was drank in a room temperature of 17-18 degrees initially.everyting was great.structure,balance,vibrant fruits were well integrated.but later 1 of my frnd suggest to off 1 ot the air con which the temperature shoot up to 21-22 degrees.after a short while,all the components st.art to fall apar.the onli reason im typing tis here is to let the community noe tat in order to njoy a bttl of wine better,temperature of the surrounding is veri important.hererby,i wil take account on wat i hve tasted initially(17-18degrees).pts:95+
A wonderful experience--drunk with very little aeration, with each glass vinturied--a little tight and at first, with a pronounced earthiness, but singing gloriously in an hour's time, with cassis, sweet cured tobacco, and dark chocolate mint. Just plain lovely, and definitely ready to be drunk.
This is about as good as it gets for my palate. I am finding that my bordeaux sweet spot is 15-20 years. The bouquet was beautiful with a focus on cassis and red candy. I let it open for 45 minutes in the decanter thinking it would need more time, but it was ready to roll. Dark cherries, cassis, and forrest floor dominated the palate. The nose evolved into cedar saw dust type of think toward the end of the bottle and the wine took on a sweeter characteristic. It was a truly wonderful wine. If I had any slight critique, it would be that it did seem to fall flat in a relatively short period of time - about 2 hours.
Opened for 1 hour served at 62F in Riedel Sommeliers Bordeaux stems. Slightly dull opaque, deeply intense garnet color. Nose was clean with pronounced fruit, floral, sweet spice and oak. Palate was dry, medium acidity, medium tannins, full bodied with pronounced flavor characteristics. Fruit was cassis, red currant, fig and black cherry. Floral character lavender. Spices were more in the nutmeg and cinnamon. This was a very complex and enjoyable wine other notes were walnut, chocolate, black currant leaf, resinous oak- cedar and a hint of tar. Very nice and long finish. This wine was ready to drink, developed but could age. Quality is Outstanding
Promise of the enticing sweet tar bouquet unrealized in the taste of the wine, which improved after 30 minutes in the glass. 1.5 hrs aeration probably insufficient for this bottle, as it really did appear to be on the verge of realizing its potential toward the end. Will wait a while for the next one, and aerate it a minimum of four hours.
Has somewhat loosened over the past couple of years and is just entering what I suspect will be a long drinking window. There’s some sweet tobacco, earth and mint to the aroma. It had good vitality in the mouth and fruits are trimmed with a pleasant savoury character. There’s good grip to the finish and I like the wine’s overall freshness.
Black cherry, tobacco, pepper, slate, earth and creme de cassis aromas paired with the full bodied, beefy, masculine, style of tannic wine produced in 1995. While the wine is coming around, it will always have a tannic side to its character. There was a touch of green and some dryness in the chewy, sharp, cassis filled finish.
Tour de Bordeaux; Next stop: St. Julien @ my place (Netherlands): Top! Smoke, earth, caramel, lots of fruit, bayleaf, licorice, some animality. Distinguished, typical, good definition, long and concentrated. The structure has softened throughout the years and is getting silkier, though tannines still provide an adquate foundation. Loved it. 18,5/20
Fragrant woodsy cedar nose revealing dark embers of a nicely aged Bordeaux. Ripe dark fruits that are slightly tight and tart on the palate on the first pour (I can never wait). Softens with time and continues to show great complexity with subtle minerality and hints of basil. Plenty of age left in this bottle as the structure wonderfully holds together the elegance of this wine. Wish I had more. I may get kicked out of CLONYC due to the affinity I am developing for well-aged Bordeaux.
Taste side by side with a Barton '95 after 10 hours of decanting, although both St Julien, each exhibited different characteristic, Amazing! The nose on the Barton was more Pauillac, rustic, earthy but carries finesse, the Ducru Beaucaillou was very feminine, almost too shy to speak but extremely sexy! Crimson color with slight browning on the edges, seemingly entering into drinking window but I am convinced it is not yet ready. Soft tannins, solid body of comprising of lush blackberries, light pepper, anise. Fairly long finish. Great Bordeaux! 93 points
Color crimson with some bricking. Nose initially closed with some herbal characteristics. Opened over 2 hrs to reveal rich blackcurrant cedar character. Palate medium body with very mellow robe of fruit and very soft balanced tannins. More evolved than last bottle 12 months ago. Delicious.
An austere, brawny, powerful, hard style of wine with a strong tannic spine that reminds me of a typical 1986 Bordeaux. There is a lot of structure, and depth, but at 16 years of age, the future is not looking good. For those that like this old school, traditional style, they will probably find it more pleasing than I did.
Purchased on release and stored in 55º cellar. This has a lot of good stuff going on; Black fruits, licorice, lead pencil, some earthy mineral rusty nail notes, but it's still awkward, tannic, tight and in need of a few more years on its side.
Opened and decanted 45 minutes before serving (at Baker and Banker, San Francisco). Tannins fully resolved, wood no longer existent, acidity tamed down, fruit almost gone. Hardly any length, but classic bordeaux nose which unfortunately was the only real enjoyable aspect of this bottle.
I opened this at 4PM and it is still fairly tight at 8PM. This needs a serious decant. When I tasted it at 4PM it was showing nothing at all. Now it is finally starting to show its colors. This needs to sit in the cellar for several years or be decanted more than the 4 hours I gave it.
The day got away from me and I was late to decant. Served at dinner and it started off a little tight (2 hours decanted). It quickly started to shine, and by hour 3 it was something special.... A garnet-black, medium in appearance. So profound on the bouquet, I just wanted to keep smelling. I picked up aromas that reminded me of black olive, candied anise, blackcurrant, plum, tea leaves, mossy forest, pipe tobacco, leather, and cedar. It greeted the palate with profoundly silky notes of black tea with blackberry, currant, and blueberry. The middle palate adds structure with mineral notes of slate and black pepper. The tannins are still very firm, but giving way to silky and lush fruit, and touches of savory oak notes that hold more graphite and lead than coffee or cocoa. Super long finish that unfolds in waves. Beautiful, and still with tons of life left. The only problem with this wine is finding a time to drink it that does it justice.
Le Wine of the Year du WS en 1998. Aurait été décanté 20-30 minutes avant le service, bien peu selon le producteur qui recommandait de l’oxygéner davantage. Un vin en grande forme, avec un nez complexe sur les figues, le thé, la fumée et la forêt humide, complétée par une bouche sur les fruits rouges, d’une grande finesse malgré sa structure sérieuse. Encore une fois, le fruité est pur, sans camouflage ou excès. Un vin à point, et mon préféré la verticale pour sa complexité aromatique et son élégance d’ensemble.
This is one of those "patience will be rewarded" stories. Tried this 5 years ago or so and it showed absolutely nothing. Now, absolutely gorgeous, refined, balanced and elegant bordeaux with all of the checklist flavors and a great finish. Decanted for an hour. Could have used more time. Bravo.
Had this on the terrace. Pulled and opened straight from the cellar. Poured into glass for 45 minutes before drinking. Wonderful deep ruby, looks bright and polished. Immediate nose of tea, leather and forest/autumn leaves/undergrowth (but in a good way). Also a nice core of cherry/blueberry fruit thereafter. Tastes of what it smells together with a love ripe balanced mouthfeel and refreshing acidity. Not heavy at all, extremely elegant and classic Bordeaux. I have never been a huge fan of Ducru (some of the vintages in the 80s and 70s were quite thin and rough) but am willing to be pursuaded if the more modern wines are like this.
Excellent...Splash decanted. Deep garnet color, bright bouquet of daark fruit and mild tobacco. Nice weight and balance, ample fruit and light smoke on palate. This is great now and should continue to drink nicely into the foreseeable future.
Wine was smooth and polished. Coffee notes overpowered some of the tobacco and graphite, though they were there. Had a nice mix of fruit. A complex wine, but I hope to see the other components come more into play in the next bottle.
2 hour decant. Probably not enough time. The wine got bigger and better over the next two hours. But everything was always in balance - a little short on the fruit overall. Seems like it could get better with time.
Nose : blackberry, tobacco, graphite. In the mouth, the wine appear young and fresh. Aromas are pure and well defined. Fruits have good maturity but the powerful tanins are still a hard edged. It seems that the wine could evolve, but not 100% sure of the evolution of the tannins.
6 hour decant. Nose of sweet blackberry and licorice; almost perfect balance of soft smooth blackberry laden fruit; round rich soft tannins; ends with almost perfect acidic texture; it grabs you; outstanding expression of the St Julien terrior.
beautiful bouquet, floral nose. elegant but lacks focus to make it a great wine. paired well with french cuisine but would be overpowered by typical american restaurant food (heavy on sauce/flavors/salt)
Decanted for 2 hours and developed and changed dramatically over another 3 hours. The nose went from an intense smokiness to a cassis and tar bouquet. Out of the decanter, there was a ton of red fruit but it dropped off and the wine almost was austere. Another 30 minutes later, and the fruit just exploded out of the glass. Its really hard to imagine that this was the same wine from start to finish.
With another bottle in the cellar, I'm going to wait another 5-10 years on this one. I think it is going to go to a wonderful place.
Will this wine ever come around. No noticable tannin, but still very restrained on both the nose and palate. This is the second time I have had this wine this month and both bottles seemed consistant. Had it two weeks ago with Robert in NJ on July 3, the bottle from a totally different source. Deep dark youthful color, all the way to the rim. No jagged edges meaning good balance and structure, but little else to talk about. HOLD HOLD HOLD. I would never buy this wine today at todays price. Hopeing for the best and fearful of the worst. My score has the room for some upside and downside.
From our cellar this is still rather closed, even with a three hour decant. Muted nose of earth and dark blue fruit. A layer of tannin that, while not at all mouth-puckering, seems to suck up the fruit in the palate. Moderate finish. Wait....
Seductive, almost pungent barnyardy musk on the nose right out of the bottle -- this mellowed and became a lot more complex as the night wore on. A wonderful, massive wine. Gravel, tobacco, leather, and smoke. Very long finish. Chewy, slightly gritty mouthfeel. Very grippy. The tannins were a bit astringent for an hour or two, and they're still a bit too prominent now, as we finish the bottle some 4+ hours later. This was really a treat, one of the best wines I've drunk in quite a while. But I think it still hasn't reached its peak.
Last tasted in May 2008, this bottle from the same auction source. Opened and evolved on the table, clearly improving and gaining power & aromatics as the night progressed. Youthful and vigorous, showing nice balance, perhaps more to the lean than the lush side, but no lack of fruit, grip or structure. These continue to signal they are on the ascension, with very long life. Late in the second hour a little more earthy depth emerged. Delicious. Shared with good friends who brought a beautiful 1982 Gruaud Larose which, by way of comparison, was completely integrated and very comfortably beautiful to enjoy.
This wine is not yet giving all it has got. The nose is quite reticent, offering only a glimpse of dark fruits and minerals. In the palate it comes across softer and less full bodied than the awesome 1982 Gruaud Larose that we are drinking beside it. The tannin is not yet resolved. This is an old style Bordeaux on the elegant side that is in sharp contrast to the newer, riper, loaded Ducrus of the Bruno Borie era (which are spectacular). I frankly cannot see the ripeness and flamboyance that Parker saw in this wine early on. The wine improved all night long, which bodes well for its future.
Este vino no está dando todo lo que tiene. La nariz es bastante reticente, ofreciendo solo un vistazo de frutas negras y minerales. En boca, no tiene la concentración, corpulencia y densidad del Gruaud Larose 1982 que tomamos a su lado. Los taninos requieren más tiempo para integrarse. Este es un Burdeos de la vieja guardia que contrasta con el estilo más maduro, expresivo y concentrado que bruno Borie ha impreso a partir de la década de los 2000. Francamente no encuentro la abundancia de fruta y golosidad que Parker encontró en este vino cuando recién salió al mercado. El vino mejoró toda la noche, lo que augura un buen futuro.
Just entering its drinking window this Bdx shows dark fruit, smoke, cedar, and sweet tobacco. Silky texture, well balanced, well structured. Perhaps a bit short on the finish but that's just nit-picking. Lovely wine with many years of positive development left. 94+
Dark in color, offering wonderful aromas of dark currant, fresh tobacco, charcoal, surrounded by spring flowers. Complex and full-bodied, with supersilky tannins that caress every inch of the palate. Long and satisfying. – JD97
A nice surprise from Ducru, first taste for me. I had a taste straight after opening and it was very uptight. But it really unwound nicely after some time in the decanter. Very pure nose with minerals and some chocolate. Good balance with dark fruit and cassis, still tannic with some years to go. The finish is long and elegant.
This wine has some time to go still. I only had one bottle of this but I am definately doing something about that.
Dark, almost opaque, brick red color. Voluptuous sweet nose with leather, cedar and dark chocolate. Medium bodied, with ample fruit and solid tannins (well integrated) giving this wine a racy backbone. Classy!
Ducru Vertical (Lam Soon): Whiffs of blue flowers show on a rather expressive and big nose. Clean pure black fruits with good balance. It feels unready with lots of power raring to go but needing more time to rev up. Not getting as much as I would like but still very classic in its approach. 88+ to 90pts.
Ducru Beaucaillou Vertical (1978, '85, '86, '95 and '96, with a few extras) (Richfield, Lam Soon Building, Singapore): This was a very good wine indeed, everything was in the right place - it just did not excite me as much as it should for some reason. Still darkly purple. Nose showed some meat, some green pepper, the littlest undertone of buttery oak and lots of dark, brooding blackberry and plum fruit. Very good. After some time, a familiar jasmine tea-ish scent appeared as well as a slightly dried-fishy tang, rather like loam or mud from a forest stream - sounds bad, but really more interesting, even enticing than unpleasant. The palate showed great balance, power and intensity, with lots more of the dark, plush fruit, yet it was still friendly and very poised, unlike the 1996, which came across rather big and loud in spite of its loads of seductive fruit and flowers. This had real structure - lovely fresh acid and the finest tannins moving into a nice round finish which, while not long, was not exactly short either. Overall, this was a solid wine that has quite a bit of room for improvement as it ages. Probably the most classic Bordelais of the vintages we tried too.
Drank right after a '66 Latour, so a bit hard not to be distracted. Lovely, elegant wine, that seemed less ready to drink than earlier bottles I have had. A bit tight; needed a bit more time in the air. Probably should have decanted.
Drank after 1.5 hours decant. Still a bit closed, with mineral and fruit about equal in presence. Nose was of crushed granite and cassis. Taste was medium to full bodied and smooth, with a zippy acidity and loads of cassis, crushed gravel, smooth oak, and plum. Finish was long. Very good.
Decanted, very little sediment. Youthful red/blue pooling color. Balanced, beautiful, structured, long, with a core of dark fruit, cassis, spice and cedar. Long finish. Lasted several hours with no signs of fatigue. Long life to live!
Drank at Morton's with a Porterhouse for a birthday dinner. Great choice. Decanted upon arrival and sampled for the next hour in a relaxing prelude to the steak birthday dinner. Half the bottle remained when the steaks arrived. The wine opened beautifully with a fruitier than expected first impression followed by a developing complexity of flavors starting with dark fruit and developing into a mineral, graphite mocha delight. The finish was memorably long. This wine is a real treat.
Nose with quite a bit of mocha along with cassis and dark fruit. Initially on the palate was grippy and tight. Slowly this opened (after decanting and waiting) into medium density palate with nice complexity and minerality. Still found it lacking some overall depth. Finish was moderately long. Given the hype and cost this was somewhat disappointing. Maybe just needed to decant longer.
Ducru-Beaucaillou Vertical and a Mystery Wine (Rochester, MN): Perfumed nose. Medium density with astonishing concentration of dark ripe fruits with a leading edge of sweetness. This displayed a complex core of secondary nuances- tobacco and graphite. It showed both vigor and finesse. Terrific finish, lasting 30 seconds. My wine of the night.
New Years Eve dinner. We made filets with Joanne's famous cabernet sauce and we also opened and compared this wine with 2000 Silver Oak Napa Valley. The Silver Oak was super oaky as you would expect. I decanted both bottles for 2 hours before dinner. The SO had weak fruit in comparison. The Ducru was phenominal. Light velety tannins, soft finish.
Stunning. Cassis, crushed stone, beautiful texture. Decanted for 2 hours and then drank over the next three. Classic Bordeaux, wih I had a case of this stuff. Luscious dark fruit. Wonderful nose with well still some tannic backbone. Layers of fruit.
Decanted 2 hrs prior to drinking. Very smooth, a touch of tannins still left, wonderful aromas of fruit. Not overly complex and a little light. Many many good years ahead of it, and should probably wait to drink for awhile.
Consumed at Gary Danko with 95 Canon Gafeliere...Giving nothing...opened put in a decanter set aside for 60-90min then tasted over another 90 min and after 3hrs still giving nothing...will wait at least five years to try next bottle.
Decanted 1 hour. Wood and hint of earth on nose. Medium garnet. Fruit, wood and hints of smoke and earth on palate, but not sweet like a California cab. This gained weight with air-time, and the last sips were the most balanced and tasty. Tannins resolved, accessible now, will continue to improve and gain gravitas with time.
Decanted 6 hours. Had with herb roasted rack of lamb. Slightly smoky nose, medium color and weight, still tight with flavors of dried fruit and some cedar. Medium finish. This is still improving with time.
Well-crafted and distinctively St. Julien. Round and appealing plum fruit flavors, backed by evolved notes of cedar and pencil. Still quite young at opening, it got better with an hour or two in a decanter and more and more descriptive of its terroir. A thoroughly typical and lovely wine.
Superbowl afternoon cabernet tasting (Home in Boston): Floral nose, but not overpowering. Medium weight in color, taste of earth and wood, but still tight even after 6 hours in decanter. Dry, focused finish with some complexity (caramel?) at the end. I have always been disappointed with Ducru 95, perhaps because I expected a WS WOTY to just blow me away. In reality, this is an excellent bordeaux that is still young, even though it will never be huge.
Cassis and currant, cedar and sage notes, underscored by medium-bodied fruit, tea, smoke, and a bit too much acid for my palate. Probably would've been better if decanted and given a chance to open up some more.
Blair's Burgundy and Bordeaux Blowout: Bright ruby. This wine had tea, lead pencil and cassis on the nose. Full bodied with sweet tannins in the background and a nice smooth finnish. Approachable now with 4 hours in the decanter but could really benifit from a few more years in the cellar.
Lead pencil, liquorice, meat, cough sirup and leather on the really "macho" nose. Lots of material on the palate, with the emphasis on structure. Still a lot of tannins and a noticeable acidity, but also cough sirup, kirsch, leather, tobacco and subdued fruit tones. After about four hours the fruit began to dominate palate. This leads me to believe this wine is far from ready.
Tasted from the wine bar at Vintage Wines, Ltd. Bright disc. Opaque ruby robe with red rim. Clean nose, developing over two hours in the glass and showing intense chocolate, currants, vanilla, tar and earth aromas. Full-bodied on the palate, with firm, somewhat astringent tannins, good acidity and similar flavors as for the nose. Long, dry finish. There is no question that this is a superb Ducru, but it needs time in the bottle to flesh out and let the tannins soften. It certainly has the structure to allow extended aging, and will quite possibly merit a higher score in the future.
Way too soon on this one, very backward and tight tannins but I wanted to see how it was developing. Opened up after 2 hours to reveal nice saddle leather, cedar, raspberry, and blueberry fruit. Such a different style of winemaking from the evening’s other wines. I’ll wait at least another 3 years to open another one of these.
Red. A hint of age at the rim (!) Cigarbox and leather scents here. Also wet wood. A moderately sized body to this wine. A lot of finesse but a somewhat coarse and indifferent mouthfeel. I did like the sweet vanilla-like profile. But the fruit and stuffing just didn't seem to be there. What was there was admirably balanced. This was a pleasant and nice drink. Just not what it I had expected.
The smell of this is very impressive: peppery, chocolatey, fruity, spicy! The midpalate seemed just a touch hollow, but I must say that this oozes class from beginning to end. The fruit is very defined, and acid, tannin and everything is in total balance. I know that this should probably be kept for another 10 years or so, but it drinks beautifully now.