Tasting Notes and Scores
This is typical 1995 in that it’s young, tannic, masculine and still vigorous and foreboding. This vintage at age 20 seems reluctant to evolve in the most graceful manner possible, but it is still easily holding on to life and still has a fair amount of tannin left to resolve. The wine is concentrated, but will the tannin ever soften to the point where it is well-integrated? This can be drunk now, as the aromatics are enticing and complex. Although, be aware of the tannin clout the wine still possesses. Drink 2017-2030.
92+ points – Robert Parker (eRobertParker.com, Aug 2015)
A superb effort in this vintage, Angelus's opaque purple-coloured 1995 is a massive, powerful, rich offering with plenty of sweet tannin. The wine's aromatics include scent of Provencal olives, jammy black cherries, blackberries, truffles, and toast. A very full-bodied wine, it is layered, thick and pure. This is the most concentrated of the 1995 St Emilion premier grand crus. Anticipated maturity: now-2025.
95 points – Robert Parker (Wine Advocate #115, Feb 1998)
The 1995 dips just below my expectations. It is very deep in colour. The nose (surprisingly) takes more coaxing than the 1996, with secondary aromas beginning to show through: oyster shell, a touch of undergrowth, a hint of wild mushroom and wet tobacco. The palate is full-bodied with quite a rich, dense mid-palate. For me that oak is imparting a touch of dryness but that is but a minor quibble. Impressive, but somehow maybe lacking a little “soul”. Tasted October 2011.
Crushed berry and dark chocolate. Slightly reserved in the nose. Full-bodied, with loads of layered, velvety tannins. Big, yet refined and beautiful. Long and caressing. Give this time.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. James Suckling
Bright dark ruby. Sweet, superripe aromas of raspberry, plum, black cherry, tobacco, toffee and game. Like liquid velvet in the mouth: sweet, voluptuous, seamless. Palate-staining flavors of black cherry, chocolate and smoky oak. Finishes with chewy, toothfurring tannins and great persistence.
– vinous.com, May 1998