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2003 vintage red Wine by Chateau Mouton Rothschild from Bordeaux, FranceRead more...
The evolution of this wine will be fascinating to follow. I say that because the wine, while dark ruby/purple in color, is not as opaque as the 198... Read more
Even in a so-called off vintage, Mouton proves why its a first growth and can command such a price. Loads of black raspberry and spice box on the n... Read more
Good saturated ruby-red. Tight nose hints at currant and smoky oak. Highly concentrated, densely packed and built to age. As young as it is, it als... Read more
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The evolution of this wine will be fascinating to follow. I say that because the wine, while dark ruby/purple in color, is not as opaque as the 1986 and 1982 were and still are. However, if one were to evaluate the bouquet on a 50ndash;100 point scale, it would probably merit a 96 or 97. Perfumed with oriental spices, soy sauce, leather, toasty oak, mocha, and gobs of blackcurrants, the aromas are amazingly developed for such a young wine. In the mouth, however, despite what is undoubtedly excellent concentration, the wine appears to lack the weight and depth one anticipates in a top vintage such as 1989. Moreover, the finish is surprisingly brisk given the great up-front fragrance. This is undoubtedly an outstanding Mouton, comparable stylistically to the ready-to-drink 1985 rather than the compellingly perfect wines produced in 1986 and 1982. It should be drinkable early and I suspect most admirers of the flashy, dramatic style of wine made at Mouton will want to consume it between 1993 and 2010. Tasted seven times. Consistent notes.
Even in a so-called off vintage, Mouton proves why its a first growth and can command such a price. Loads of black raspberry and spice box on the nose just make your mouth water in anticipation of how good this wine will taste. Initially on the palate there is black cherry and hints of strawberry underneath that evolve into more licorice, tobacco, and smoke. It has a medium- to full-bodied structure with a finish of waves and waves of fruit that last and last. The wine needs a few hours to open up, 4ndash;5 in the bottle, or about 2 in a decanter, but I would not let it cellar for too much longer.
Good saturated ruby-red. Tight nose hints at currant and smoky oak. Highly concentrated, densely packed and built to age. As young as it is, it also shows a lovely velvety texture rare for this vintage. Finishes with terrific breadth, subtle minerality and noble tannins. Irsquo;ve been a fan of this wine since the outset.
The 1990 gets my nod as one of the three best Moutons since the great 1959 mdash; the others being the 1982 and 1986. It is much more concentrated, backward, and less evolved than the 1989, and it is also less aggressively, or should I say excessively oaky than its predecessor. But for the long-term, there is more glycerin and concentration, and the finish is sweeter and longer in the 1990. The 1989 should drink well at an earlier age given its 1985-ish personality, whereas the 1990 is more of a long distance runner. This great Mouton is one of the most complete wines of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2000ndash;2025. P.S. The Maitre de Chias, Michel Bosq, continues to agree that the 1990 is superior to the 1989, largely because their crop-thinning efforts were more severe in 1990.
The 2005 Mouton Rothschild will have to take a back seat to the prodigious 2006, but administrator Philippe Dalhuin deserves considerable credit for pushing Mouton to higher quality levels over recent years. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest mostly Merlot, the dark purple-hued 2005 exhibits a restrained but promising nose of cedar, tobacco leaf, creme de cassis, and toasty oak. Full-bodied, tannic, and extremely backward, with the vintagersquo;s tell-tale acidity, it appears to be even more closed in the bottle than it was from barrel. It does possess a long finish and multilayered mouthfeel. This is an undeniably outstanding, yet restrained, shy wine for a Mouton Rothschild. Anticipated maturity: 2018ndash;2040+
Full ruby-red. Explosive, superripe aromas of black raspberry, currant, graphite and tobacco leaf. Outsized, opulent and generous; this big boy saturates the entire mouth. Therersquo;s an almost exotic character to the plum and cedar flavors. Spreads out impressively on the back end, coating the palate with ripe tannins. The 2006 is at once finer and more powerful, with more noble tannins, but this is more opulent.
Dense purple to the rim, this wine exhibits the classic cassis aroma that is so characteristic of Mouton. Medium to full-bodied, tannic, powerful, and cut somewhat from the 1988 mold, this is a backward, chewy, well-endowed Mouton-Rothschild that will require considerable patience from those who purchase it. A blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot, the wine needs a good decade of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2015ndash;2030+.
|Sugar: 2.60 g/l grams per liter|
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