1995 is widely considered a classic vintage that produced big, structured, long lived wines. The Pontet-Canet was no exception. I decanted the wine for 90 minutes, but in retrospect 3 hours may have been more appropriate.
The wine itself is still a baby. Layers of graphite, cassis, tobacco, cigar box, anise, leather and cherries wash across the palate. The finish is long and sweet. There is still a wall of tannins on this wine but the fruit is there in spades as well. This wine should age effortlessly for another decade.
The 95 vintage is beginning to remind me of the 86 vintage. Big, structured, tannic wines that just need a ton of bottle age to show their stuff.
Current vintages of Pontet-Canet including 05, 06, 08 and 09 are highly recommended.
My rating: 93 points.