Seductive blackcurrant cabernet on the nose; beautifully balanced, richly supple wine with a fresh acidity and an especially fine tannin; ripe, savory blackcurrant Cabernet flavour, long and subtle across the palate, discreet, elegant, polished, understated; long and graceful, gently spicy and scented, with no over extract, a particularly juicy complexity and lovely fragrant fruit length. A very beautiful rather than a powerful expression of Mouton.
RPJ99+ Drink 2015-2062 The 2009 Mouton Rothschild has a striking label from Anish Kapoor. The wine is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Merlot that begs comparison as a young wine with what the 1982 tasted like in 1985 or, I suspect, what the 1959 may have tasted like in 1962. Representing 50% of their production, the wine has an inky purple color to the rim and not terribly high alcohol for a 2009 (13.2%), but that is reflected by the high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a remarkable nose of lead pencil shavings, violets, creme de cassis and subtle barrique smells. It is stunningly opulent, fat, and super-concentrated, but the luxurious fruit tends to conceal some rather formidable tannins in the finish. This is an amazing wine that will be slightly more drinkable at an earlier age than I thought from barrel, but capable of lasting 50 or more years. Kudos to the Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and the entire Mouton team, lead by Monsieur Dalhuin.
Wine SpectatorRating: 98/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/11/2012