1995 was a year of contrasts, with abundant rainfall from January to March followed by very fine, warm weather from April to September.
The vegetation cycle began quickly, about seven days earlier than the average. Budbreak began on 23 March for Merlot and 30 March for Cabernet Sauvignon.
Having begun early, the vegetation cycle continued at a steady pace. Flowering took place evenly five days ahead of the average. The drought observed in June continued in July with 28 days of very hot weather, the temperature climbing to a record 37° C on 20 and 25 June.
Mid-veraison was reached between 9 and 12 August depending on the variety. The condition of the vines and the state of maturity of the grapes raised hopes of a very fine vintage.
The potential of the crop remained unaffected by showers in early September and the harvest took place under very favourable conditions.Oenological sheet
A dark and deep colour, the wine has an uncomplicated but also precise and noble nose on which jammy and candied fruit aromas predominate, with an opening onto fruit in alcohol.
The palate is both fresh and complex, candied fruit accompanying liquorice flavours. Dense and chewy tannins continue to lend the wine a fine structure, while lingering fruit flavours extend into a long and warm finish.
This is a highly elegant vintage that will reach its peak in a few years’ time.
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Antoni Tàpies (1923-2012)Descriptive sheet