1995 Château Monbousquet (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru)

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Bordeaux, France, Libournais, Merlot, St. Émilion Grand Cru

Popped and poured. Dark garnet red with browning at the edges. At first, the wine is seemingly completely closed, but with some time the nose appears. The nose is absolutely loaded with plum, earth, and tobacco. The tobacco is remarkably strong and is reminiscent more of chewing on a cigar than smelling it. Extra soft/velvety texture with fresh acidity and a fruit-filled, long, supple, round, and dry finish. Seems almost fully mature to me. Maybe another year or two from its peak, but I can’t see it getting much better from here, so I would recommend beginning to drink if you have a few.

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