Although similar to the 1996, the 1995's fruit is more accessible, and while the tannin is elevated, it is buffered by lower acidity, as well as more glycerin and fat. The 1995 offers an opaque purple color, and a glorious nose of new oak, spice, and abundant black fruits. This full-bodied, super-extracted, multi-layered wine must be tasted to be believed - especially for readers who remember Monbousquet as the soft, innocuous, commercially-styled St.-Emilion it was for many decades. (RP)
Immediate gratification in a bottle. Dark in color, with loads of coffee, tobacco, grilled meat and fruit aromas. Full-bodied and very velvety, with a long, smoky berry aftertaste. (JS)
Deep, bright crimson. Dark and healthy-looking. Very opulent and modern. Rich, almost singed flavours. Quite a bit of oak on the finish. Flashy.
Saturated red-ruby. Superripe aromas of red- and blackcurrants, game and smoke, plus a strong note of toasty new oak. Silky and lush in the mouth, and already quite accessible. But not quite as sweet or suave as the '97. Finishes with very good length, substantial dusty tannins and a note of caramel. (ST)
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