Over the last couple of days, I happened to open two mature wines:
1995 L'Angelus St Emilion Grand Cru
Mature, quite complex, mostly secondary flavors of leather, cedar, some tobacco; some dark fruit. Nice, quite long. Tannins fully mature and not especially obvious, moderate acidity. Overall, an excellent wine and one that can be drunk now or held.
1999 Castello di Fonterutoli Chianti Classico (the reserve bottle)
A step up in power, complexity of flavors and length. Secondary flavors are more intense and more complex with leather, cedar, sandlewood, tobacco, some spices and dark fruits. Tannins fully mature with somewhat higher acidity. Great length and a real pleasure with every sip. I really regret that that was my last bottle. Outstanding
If the L'Angelus was a "this is really a very, very good wine" intellectual sort of thing, the Fonterutoli was a "damn that's good" over and over. It just proves once again that aging better Sangiovese for 10-15 years is worth the wait. So one would be better off throwing some 2007 Fonterutoli in the cellar than 2009 Angelus. The Fonterutoli would cost about €40 and the Angelus €240.