95-100 / 100
95-100 / 100
Each vintage label is dedicated to highlighting the work of an artist. It was the Catalan painter and sculptor Antoni Tàpies who had the honor of sublimating Château Mouton Rothschild 1995. His initially abstract design reveals a nose, two hearts, a mouth and an eye. These elements together represent the immemorial alliance of wine, this blood of the earth, with all the senses of man.
Château Mouton Rothschild 1995 reveals aromas of stewed and candied fruit with an opening on the fruit brandy. This Premier Cru Classé is made from 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc. It is a very elegant wine, it will be at its peak in a few years.
CHÂTEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE 1995
CHÂTEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD 1995
Bottled in June, 1997, this profound Mouton is more accessible than the more muscular 1996. A blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 19% Merlot, it reveals an opaque purple color, and reluctant aromas of cassis, truffles, coffee, licorice, and spice. In the mouth, the wine is "great stuff," with superb density, a full-bodied personality, rich mid-palate, and a layered, profound finish that lasts for 40+ seconds. There is outstanding purity and high tannin, but my instincts suggest this wine is lower in acidity and slightly fleshier than the brawnier, bigger 1996. Both are great efforts from Mouton-Rothschild.
Deliciously crisp flavour and glorious end taste.