(From 2003 Vintage) This is downright exotic on the nose: mocha, coffee, graphite and coconut, lifted by sandalwood and cinnamon spice. Then dense, supple and fine-grained without coming across as heavy. Suggestion of aromatic tree bark.
Tasting at Mouton is an entertaining affair, with top-of-the-range golf buggiesdriven by chic ladies clad all in black brought in to ferry the trade fromCheck In to the hallowed halls of the Departure Lounge. The château seemsto feel the need to impress but there really is no need - the wine doesthis all on its own in 2008. With a dense, dark nose and juicy, brooding fruit,the 2008 Grand Vin is a wine of which the Baroness can be proud. Quite clearlyone of our favourite of the First Growths this year, it has a lovely, savouryminerality that gives it elegance, despite its power.
Robert Parker(From 2003 Vintage) "Backward, powerful, and extremely tannic, the dense purple-colored 2003 Mouton-Rothschild, a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot, fashioned from yields of 28 hectoliters per hectare, with a finished alcohol of 12.9%, improves dramatically with aeration. With full-bodied, meaty, powerful, dry flavors as well as a huge finish, this high class wine should be at its finest between 2012-2040+. During its sojourn in barrel, it reminded me of a hypothetic...
Wine & Spirits(From 1982 Vintage) On the surface, Mouton is often less complicated than the other firsts. Its glamorous oak scent and flashy cassis concentration are easily matched by several ambitious second-growth Pauillacs. The greatness of Mouton lies deeper, and it shows most prominently in a Cabernet vintage like rsquo;96. The vines stand in a deep sea of small stones, a gravel plateau as difficult to walk upon as a sand dune. Cabernet loves these stones and grows grapes that come about as close to the essential flavor of the variety as seems possible. Mouton is a pure, perfectly articulates Cabernet as a Shaker chair is a pure, essential and perfect chair.
Decanter(From 1987 Vintage) Rating: 0/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Deep plum red; sweet oaky nose; medium-bodied, soft, oaky, easy tannins, polished, reasonable depth of flavour, well judged oak, could do with more concentration; medium length.
Wine Advocate(From 1998 Vintage) Rating: (90-92) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 128 on Apr-00
Wine Spectator(From 1998 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/31/01