Chateau Pichon Longueville 1995 Bordeaux – Pauillac, France
Cost: $105/bottle (purchased in 1998)
Here is a 2nd growth Bordeaux from a chateau with an excellent history of developing great wines that are age-worthy; when they reach their peak, it lasts for decades. It’s been about 15 years since the great vintage of 1995, and the Pichon Longueville was stunning from its open. Aromas of lead pencil, polished leather, black cassis, plums, dry-roasted walnuts, and roasted espresso beans. The velvety fruit revealing mature cassis flavor slid effortlessly across the mid-palate with good weight and density. The tannins are firm and the alcohol unnoticeable, allowing the fruit (with just the right level of grippy acidity) to come forth, making this wine so easy to drink. Slow down and enjoy the bouquet… ahhh… this is good juice. A nice mature Bordeaux, and although most claret lovers might find this wine a bit young, I think it has developed well, with a great complex nose but still plenty of baby-fat fruit to impress the palate. Back that with a long finish and you have a winner. Delicious!