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 maturity of the grapes at the end of the month 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
The wine still has a relatively deep colour, shading pleasantly to garnet. The expressive nose opens rapidly on traces of fruit, subtly marked by more complex aromas of truffle and humus along with mocha and smoke. The attack is dense, on well-integrated, silky and generous tannins that gently support toast and vanilla notes on the mid-palate. The finish is harmonious and highly expressive.Descriptive sheet