Probably one of the least exciting 95s I've had. The wine however is well built, bricking red and fully mature, with a nose of dust, cedar, black currants and baked dark cherries. A bit lacking in power mid palate, and whilst the acidity is good, the raspberry and tobacco tinged finish is slightly marred by thinning yet present tannins.
Decanted 1 hour. Cork saturated and separated at mid length. Wine was clear and clean crimson with no noticeable bricking or cloudiness. This bottle much better than previous bottle which I think was flawed; but it is still not an exciting wine. Pleasant bouquet of tobacco and leather that was soft on the front palate with a medium long finish. An easy drinker with rack of lamb. and it might have become better with a longer decant. Showing some dark fruit and much less funk than before but still not a "knock your socks off" Bordeaux. Tannins pretty well resolved though still noticeably present. I'm going to hold my remaining bottles another year and see if the complexity and balance continues to develop. At best it might become an elegant claret but not likely to create any great memories. No real complaints but had higher expectations at this price point.
°°° Bordeaux 1995 °°°: Clear garnet in color, shows some bricking at the edges. Nose shows some herbal notes and coffee. Nicely balanced wine with a subtle sweetness. Good length and good complexity. Quite elegant. Still youthful and also no hurry to drink this one
Ten notes over as many years. At its best a brilliant 95 but three bottles have been flawed. Blackcurrant nose, still tannic, very good body and great length. A touch of bitterness. Other bottles have been more complex with classic graves brick dust and cedar. Drinking well and will last many years. Good luck.
Popped and slow oxed for 6 hours before dinner. Whoah this wine was rocking. Still firm on the palate after 20 years but not unforgiving. Good concentration on the palate showing tobacco, mineral, and deep black cherry fruit. Drink now or over the next 20 years. A classic Pape Clement.
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(Chateau Pape Clement Pessac Leognan Graves) #1; COLOR-medium; NOSE-great Old World nose; really great sour cherry coming through; little cedar and Asian spice; great classic Bordeaux nose; can tell that there's some age behind this; PALATE-has some really fantastic tannins on the back-end that are really quite subtle; a little cherry and cedar coming through; extremely elegant; this is not a big, massive wine; getting great balance and elegance; medium weight; this is so darn drinkable; CLASSIC in every fashion; just delicious; I can't get over the elegance; some subtle pencil shavings and metallic aspect; has a great finish; will easily last another 5-15 years; should evolve nicely in next 5-8 years; this wine is showing extremely well; ST-90; RP-90; WS-90; GV-91/92
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