July 31, 2019 - There is a bit more strictness and severity to the wine that is becoming more apparent over the years. The wine has power, loads of tannin, and the fruit is ripe, but the increasing austerity that is an issue with many 1995 Bordeaux wines is something to take note of.
July 16, 2019 - This was a difficult bottle, not as good as the one tasted in 2015 from the same cellar. The tannins were on the drier side, and the aromatics didn’t shine like they should in a Mouton. It was a meaty, masculine wine with good Pauillac typicity and some generosity and warmth, but tasting blind I did not guess that this was a Premier Grand Cru Classé.
June 14, 2019 - Agree with most of the recent comments which generally describe this wine as a little on the austere side. Still showing decent color with a fairly solid medium to dark purple. Nose is complex and the best part: graphite, earth, pencil, tobacco, all the nice elements there. But the wine strikes me as just a touch too soft on the fruit side, and a touch of acidity crept in toward the end even if drunk undecanted (though I had it open for about an hour). A very nice bottle to be sure, but I am rating this as having tasted blind, with no uplift for the name. I've tasted a lot of the 1995s and think they are generally 1) an underrated year but also 2) definitely approaching maturity, and this wine is not exception in that sense.
May 29, 2019 - This might be a great name, but it seems to me to be perfectly pleasant wine, well made, well balanced, plenty of life left, nose OK but not great. Colour red, clear and translucent. Taste OK but not phenominal. This was bought many years ago, is it worth the price it is now? I think there are plenty just as good for half or quarter the price
May 20, 2019 - I have always found Mouton rather austere with inky concentration and this was no exception. Served blind, I mistook it for a Right Bank Merlot in a cool vintage given its green notes. Seems a bit hollow and simple, and the finish was short. If I was cellaring the 1995 for enjoyment, I would sell them.... For me this is past its prime by a many year...
May 3, 2019 - 4 Decades of Mouton Rothschild (Andre and Sabine's House, Mountain View, CA): Nose: B++/A- Palate: B++
My #8, Group's #10 (99 pts). Tasted blind.
April 8, 2019 - Decanted 2 hrs and more time would not have hurt. Decanting is an imperative for this one at this time. This is a typical 1995 : tannins that are not yielding at all. Lots of fruit to balance though. Heavy on dark stone fruit, some rare beef, loads of graphite. Very masculine. I have my doubts about this ever hitting perfection- like I have my doubts about all 1995s- but this is a great success for the vintage. It is not going anywhere any time soon so if you want to wait a decade or two to see if it mellows out, have no fear. This is in zero danger of falling apart any time soon.
Score:94. Relative to expectations: +
March 30, 2019 - Year of the pig dinner:
On 1995 Bordeaux bottles:
1995 Haut Brion
Was my WOTN out of the 10 bottles that night. On the nose, violet, gravel, dark cherries and plum, mineral, smoke, and modest cigar, on the plate, it showed great strength yet balanced with nice and long acidity, strong minerals and modest spices. Very long finish with great layers, very complex, offered firm tannin and round texture. A great bottle. It was a Cabernet/merlot blend, partially explained why the wine was balanced with power and elegance.
Certainly a much more powerful and richer version of mouton vs 83. Can still age 5-10 more years to enjoy it at better maturity level I think. Dark purple colour, crushed dark currants and black berries on the nose, on the palate, strong character with great minerals, some spices, smoke, liquorice and slightly higher tannin, not at my preferred drinking window yet but can see its ageing potential. In 1995 vintage, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes seemed having tougher tannin to resolve, so they also blended the wine with slightly more merlot (same reason for haut Brion 95 I guess).
1995 Cheval Blanc
Seductive and classic style of Cheval Blanc in my view, bouquet of purple flowers, light lady cigarette, plummy and modest toffee sensation, on the palate, it was silky and smooth on texture with slightly higher tone of acidity vs 83, body was richer and fuller too. Beautiful wine and can still age 5-10 more years to enjoy it at even better drinking window. The 1995 had higher percentage of Merlot in the final blend - 50% Merlot/50% Cabernet Franc.
Opened 4 hours in advance and was still tight when we started dinner. Decanted for another 1.5 hours before serving, and the wine showed a lot better. This wine was still quite young to enjoy now and I would wait for the next bottle to be consumed 5-10 years after at least, or it really needs proper decanting before serving it. It showed the best ageing potential for all the bottles we had that night (also the vega sicilia we had on the same night). On the nose, cigar, smoke, freshly rubbed herbs, basil, cassis, liquorice, on the palate, lots of dark berries yet also very mineral and offered freshly cut herbs. Still young but can see its potential to evolve more layers and even more complexity.
1995 pichon lalande
Not because I drank this along with 95 Mouton/Haut Brion/Latour that I don't like this wine, I really think the wine was lack of balance on the palate, too rich in structure with strong vanilla toffee and jammy berries fruits on the palate. Nose was quite perfuming and nice but I didn't really enjoy the palate, but could be due to personal style.
Wines we had:
1983 latour, 1983 mouton, 1983 chavel blanc; 1995 mouton, 1995 chavel blanc, 1995 haut Brion, 1995 latour , 1995 vega sicilia, 1995 ridge monte bello, 1995 Pichon lalande
March 18, 2019 - Much more open than the previous bottle. A bit muted and leafy on the nose. Palate had good density with black fruit, pencil shaving, cedar and tobacco. Still a bit tannic which needs more time to resolve. I imagine a 90 mins decanting would open up the bottle significantly.
February 3, 2019 - Brilliant bottle. Sophisticated layering with Long finish. Well balanced. Decanted for 30 mins and it really opened up