Tannins are soft, this wine is in a terrific spot with some secondary notes emerging and lots of upside left to this wine. Notes of plum and spice, this is an elegant Bordeaux not heavy handed like so many others. This is the kind of wine I'd recommend buying a case and following the evolution - delicious now, and will surely become more nuanced with time.
Decanted for 90 mins. Poured it back to the bottle and served after 1 hr. Softened tannins with black fruit, blue fruit, tobacco leaf, earth and graphite. The fruit on the palate is very giving and soft. Not gonna be a blockbuster with more time. But its an elegant and ready to drink classic bordeaux.
9th of 24, decanted an hour, perfect cork and level, essentially as my May 15 note, pretty, beautifully balanced but lacking the concentration of a top vintage playing second fiddle to excellent and more concentrated Mission 90! VF (18.5).
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(Chateau Haut Brion) This had a great nose. Really high-toned with deep spice and tobacco. Gravelly minerality developed after a while. The palate was what I expected out of a '95. Closed awkward and promising but was it? The story of 1995 right now. Another 1970 in the making? Only time will tell....or will it? A paradoxical vintage if there ever was one.