Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux, Complete Guide

Chateau Mouton Rothschild

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Chateau Mouton Rothschild History, Overview

The start of the famous Rothschild family begins in 1744, with the birth of Amschel Meyer. Amschel Meyer began creating his fortune while working as a merchant at “zum Roten Schild,” which eventually became the family name of Rothschild.

In 1798 his sons were sent to various cities to create their fortunes as well. Needless to say, his sons all prospered as did their children in turn. This eventually led to their desire to own a chateau in Bordeaux. Nathaniel de Rothschild set his eyes on Chateau Brane Mouton.

Chateau Brane Mouton took its name from Joseph de Brane, who bought the estate in 1720 from Nicolas-Alexandre de Segur. The de Segur family owned and created several legendary Bordeaux estates including Chateau Calon Segur, which still bears their name, and of course Chateau Latour and what later became Chateau Lafite Rothschild!

The new owner, Joseph de Brane, (who also owned Brane Cantenac in Margaux) combined his last name with Mouton, (which is translated into a small hill) and Chateau Brane-Mouton was born.

The official birth of what we know as Chateau Mouton Rothschild took place in 1853 when Nathaniel de Rothschild purchased Brane Mouton from Isaac Thuret. Because the estate had not been maintained, the vineyards required extensive replanting and a new chateau was required. Isaac Thuret sold the property for less than he paid for it 23 years earlier.

Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild, an English member of the Rothschild family, followed the custom of the day, renaming the property using his name along with a portion of the original name, and Chateau Mouton Rothschild was born.

In 1868, James Rothschild, another member of the Rothschild family purchased Chateau Lafite. The 5 pointed crests featured on the label of the Rothschild family wines are to remember the 5 sons of the first generation of the Rothschild family.

James Rothschild never visited Chateau Mouton Rothschild in his lifetime. The estate was simply an investment. It took the next generation until a member of the family visited and lived at Chateau Mouton Rothschild.

Chateau Mouton Rothschild The Modern Era

It can be argued that the modern age of Chateau Mouton Rothschild, along with the modernization of the entire Bordeaux wine region began at the same time. In terms of time, it was quite recent. Especially when compared to the history of the appellation. In fact, it took place less than one hundred years ago.

Both events started when the young Baron Philippe Rothschild, who was only 20 years old at the time, gained control of Chateau Mouton Rothschild. The Baron completely changed how Bordeaux wine was produced and sold.

Starting in 1922, due to the Baron’s changes at Chateau Mouton Rothschild, many of the methods and techniques initiated by the Baron were seen as radical in the 1920s. However, today, most are still practiced by all the top producers of Bordeaux wine today!

The Left Bank property was already world-famous for its wines by this time. But some people, especially the young Baron Philippe Rothschild knew the estate could produce better wine. He was sure Chateau Mouton was as good as any of the First Growth wines from the Medoc.

In the original 1855 Classification, Chateau Mouton Rothschild earned Second Growth status. He made it his mission to earn the coveted First Growth status for Mouton Rothschild.

While that will always be a feather in the cap of Mouton Rothschild, perhaps even more important is that Chateau Mouton Rothschild is the only First Growth still in the same families’ hands since the historic 1855 classification.

Baron Philippe Rothschild Changes Bordeaux

What the Baron accomplished at Mouton Rothschild in only two years is nothing short of amazing. The Baron was the first Bordeaux owner to insist on bottling all his wine at their estate.At the time this was considered to be an unusual idea. This allowed total control over the wine he sold from Mouton Rothschild.

Prior to that point, chateaux either bottled their wine or sold it in the barrel to negociants, who bottled and sold the wine. The more common practice was to sell the wine in barrel to negociants.

Keep in mind, at the time, bottling at the property was a revolutionary concept. To enhance the start of bottling at the chateau in customers’ minds, Baron Philippe Rothschild hired the Cubist artist Jean Carlu to create a special label for the 1924 Chateau Mouton Rothschild label.

This was the precursor to now-famous artist-designed labels for the bottles which began in 1945. The new practice of bottling their own wine created a need for more storage at the property. In 1926, the Baron constructed the famous “Grand Chai” of Mouton Rothschild.

In 1933, The Baron purchased a neighboring vineyard, Chateau Mouton d’Armailhacq, a Fifth Growth. The property was renamed Chateau d’Armailhac in 1989 by his wife, the Baroness Philippine. Part of the reason for the purchase was that the estate came with a negociant firm which eventually became known as “Baron Philippe de Rothschild S.A.”

In 1970 Baron Rothschild added to Fifth Growth to their holdings in Pauillac when they purchased Chateau Clerc Milon, which is also located not far from the vineyards of Mouton Rothschild.

At the same time, Baron Philippe Rothschild was adding to his holdings in Pauillac, he created another important innovation for the Bordeaux industry. He was the first to create a branded wine that would be known all over the world that could be sold for a price every consumer could afford.

The genesis behind what would become Mouton Cadet took place in the 1930s, following 3 extremely poor vintages. At the time Mouton Cadet was first produced, it was actually used as the name for the second wine of Chateau Mouton Rothschild as a way to increase the quality of the Grand Vin.

The Baron chose the name Mouton Cadet, roughly translated to the “Youngest brother of Mouton,” because those 3 vintages were difficult and unable to produce much wine at the level expected from Chateau Mouton Rothschild. That wine was then sold under the name of Mouton Cadet.

That tradition caught on and by the mid-1950’s the wine had turned into the world’s most popular branded, inexpensive Bordeaux wine.

Mouton Rothschild Artist Designed Labels

The now-famous series of labels portrayed on the labels for Mouton Rothschild started in 1945. The debut label was perfect for the times and the wine. The image The Baron chose was a symbol celebrating the Liberation of France.

With the famous “V” for Victory label, a tradition was born! From that point on, each label vintage was based on an original work of art created specifically for this purpose by famous artists: Salvador Dali, Miro, Chagall, Braque, Picasso, Warhol, Bacon, Balthus, Tàpies, David Hockney, and a myriad of famous artists have contributed to this tradition.

Mouton Rothschild Statue

Chateau Mouton Rothschild Elevated to First Growth Status

Mouton Rothschild was always a First Growth vineyard in the eyes of the Baron. However, it was considered a Second Growth when the Classification took place in 1855. After existing for over 100 years without a single change, nobody believed the Classification would ever be modified.

That is nobody except Baron Philippe. He became the only person to succeed in changing the 1855 classification: Château Mouton Rothschild became officially a “Premier Cru Classé” (First Classified Growth) starting with the 1973 vintage.

For this momentous occasion, the front label for 1973 Chateau Mouton Rothschild boasted…

“Premier je suis, second je fus, Mouton ne change”.
First I am, second I was, I Mouton do not change.

Baroness Philippine de Rothschild Influences Mouton Rothschild

In 1988, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, the daughter of the Baron, who had been associated with her father’s work for some time, succeeded her father who passed away that year.

The Baroness began producing white wine in 1991, Aile d’Argent, which caused quite a stir at the time.

Her next major decision was to bring in Philippe Dhalluin, who was previously the director of Chateau Branaire Ducru in St. Julien. Philippe Dhalluin stayed with Mouton Rothschild until 2020.

In 2006, Philippine de Rothschild added to their holdings with the purchase of 24 hectares of vines Chateau Colombier Monpelou. From that point forward, it is expected that most of those vines will be used to produce Chateau d’Armailhac.

Under the direction of the Baroness, Chateau Mouton Rothschild underwent a multi-year, complete renovation of the winery. The construction was completed in 2013. The new cellars were designed by the team of the noted Architect, Bernard Mazieres, and theatrical designer Richard Peduzzi.

The renovations were extensive and included an entirely new, state of the art, gravity fed, vinification cellar. One of the unique creations was the invention of windows on the large, oak, fermentation vats. These thick glass windows allow the wine maker to peer into the vat from the top to the bottom.

From this viewpoint, the winemaker can now see inside each vat during the fermentation process, allowing them to know what is taking place during the extraction, while watching the skins and juice interact. If a pump over is needed and more. It places you as close as you can get inside the vinification process!

The famous wine museum of Mouton Rothschild, as well as the art galleries, were entirely renovated as well. The new cellars, which are estimated to have cost more than 25 million Euros were completed in time for the 2013 harvest at Mouton Rothschild.

Baroness Philippine Rothschild passed away at 80 years of age, August 22, 2014. She is survived by her three children, Camille Sereys de Rothschild born in 1961, Philippe Sereys de Rothschild born in 1963, and Julien de Beaumarchais de Rothschild, born in 1971. In October 2014, Philippe Sereys de Rothschild, the eldest son of Baroness Philippine Rothschild and her first husband, Jacques Sereys, was named as the new president of Chateau Mouton Rothschild.

Chateau Mouton Rothschild Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 83-hectare vineyard of Chateau Mouton Rothschild is planted to 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. This shows a slight change in the vineyard since the mid 1990s marked by a moderate reduction in the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, along with a small increase in the Merlot.

Interestingly, over the years, due to replanting, the vineyard makeup and blends have varied more than usual over a 10 year period starting in 2004. For example, Petit Verdot was not used in the blend for Mouton Rothschild from 2004 until 2015.

Cabernet Franc was not placed in the blend between 2006 and 2010. The vineyard has a terroir filled with gravel, rocks, sand, clay and limestone soils.

The Mouton Rothschild vineyard is old, with vines averaging 50 years of age. However, they have old vines. Some parcels have vines that were planted more than 130 years ago! The oldest vines were cultivated in 1890, making them some of the oldest active vines in all of Bordeaux. When their old vines die, they are replaced with clones from the estate’s massal selection program.

The vineyards are planted to a vine density of 10,000 vines per hectare. The percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon remains high, as it’s perfect for the gravel terroir of Mouton Rothschild.

The vineyard of Mouton Rothschild is situated on the “Mouton Plateau,” which is also referred to as the Grand Plateau. The vast majority of the Chateau Mouton Rothschild vineyard is in one large block of vines. The vines here enjoy a southern exposure. Its most famous neighbor, Chateau Lafite Rothschild is just due north.

Chateau Pontet Canet is only across the road. The terroir consists of deep gravel, rocks, stones, and sand over limestone soils. Under the topsoil, you find clay, marl, and more limestone with sand and iron.

It is the incredible concentration of the gravel in the soils that gives Mouton Rothschild its unique character. Here, you find almost no clay, the terroir is close to 100% pure gravel. The gravel goes down over 5 meters below the surface in some parts of the vineyard.

Mouton as you may know is a small hill. There are points in the vineyard that rise almost 29 meters above sea level offering important, natural drainage making the peak elevations at Mouton Rothschild among the highest in Pauillac.

In the Medoc, Cabernet Sauvignon was not always the most widely planted grape variety. In fact, Chateau Mouton Rothschild was the first important chateau to begin planting a large percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in their vineyards. The plantings were started by Baron Hector de Branne and his son Jacques Maxime de Branne who owned the chateau in the 1800s.

For several years during the 1800s, vintages of Brane Mouton were even reported to have been produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon in some vintages! While Mouton Rothschild remains mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, it is the blend that creates the unique style and character of their wine.

Vineyard Management at Mouton Rothschild

At Mouton Rothschild, they have a unique, labor-intensive method of vineyard management practices. For the vines and different parcels, the same people are responsible for the same parcels every year, under the supervision of a specific vine manager. After pruning, the vines are tied.

In the spring the young shoots are trained between the wires to allow ample space for the tractors to work the soil without harming the vines. Green harvesting is practiced. In select years the crop may be thinned in July to help to eliminate unripe clusters which reduce yields and concentrates the grapes.


Picking is done entirely by hand. The grapes are collected in 12-kilo open baskets. The young vines are harvested first and go through alcoholic fermentation separately. Prior to destemming, the grapes are again sorted by hand with a berry by berry selection.

Chateau Mouton Rothschild Winemaking

To produce the wine of Chateau Mouton Rothschild, the wine is vinified in 64 large, temperature-controlled wood, 225 hectoliter vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank.

Chateau Mouton Rothschild is always aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for an average of 19 to 22 months.

There is a second wine, Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild which made its debut in 1993. Le Petit Mouton takes its name from the official residence of the Baroness and her family, which is a small house located next to the chateau that is known as Petit Mouton. There is also a third wine, sold as Baron Nathaniel.

Mouton Rothschild Aile d’Argent White Bordeaux Wine

Mouton Rothschild also makes a dry, white Bordeaux wine, Aile d’Argent, from a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle, planted in a small 4.5 hectare parcel of vines. Sold as a Bordeaux Blanc, the wine made its debut in 1991.

Aile d’Argent is one of the few white Bordeaux wines that does conduct malolactic fermentation. Although that process is limited to an average of only 20% of their wine.

Since the arrival of Philippe Dhalluin, the number of cases being produced of the Grand Vin continues to decrease, while the quality of the wine being made increases. As an example, previously, it was not unheard of for the estate to release 25,000 cases to as many as 30,000 cases of Mouton Rothschild.

Mouton Rothschild new cellars

The percentage of the crop used for Mouton Rothschild is now closer to 50% on average, which means they produce an average of 20,000 cases of Chateau Mouton Rothschild or less per vintage. To give you a point of comparison, until the 2000 vintage, it was common for Mouton Rothschild to produce its Grand Vin from an average of 80% to 85% of the harvest.

Today, that is not what takes place. This is clearly seen in the increased quality of the wine being produced today, which continues to improve. In 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2014 Mouton Rothschild is clearly on contention for having produced the wine of the vintage. I expect that trend to continue.

The best vintages of Chateau Mouton Rothschild are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2000, 1996, 1995, 1986, 1985, 1983, 1982, 1961, 1959, 1955, 1953, 1949, 1948, 1945, 1929, 1928 and 1900. As you can see, there is an incredible track record for Chateau Mouton Rothschild as one of the consistent, and long lived wines in all of Bordeaux!

Character and Style of Chateau Mouton Rothschild Wine

Mouton Rothschild is the most flamboyant style of wine of all the First Growths. With Asian spices, opulent textures, an exotic personality and the ability to age and evolve for decades. The wine offers incredible depth and concentration as well as balance, length and purity. Chateau Mouton Rothschild is not only one of the finest Bordeaux wines, but it is also one of the world’s great wines.

When to Drink Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Mouton Rothschild is not a wine to drink on the young side. The wine is usually far too tannic, concentrated, and reserved during its youth. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 3-6 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Chateau Mouton Rothschild is usually better with at least 15 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Latour offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 18 and 60 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Mouton Rothschild with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau Mouton Rothschild is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Mouton Rothschild is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Mouton Rothschild is also good when matched with Asian dishes, Chinese food, rich fish courses like tuna, salmon, mushrooms, and pasta.

Aile d’Argent, the white wine of Mouton Rothschild with wine and food matches are perfect for the table. Aile d’Argent is best paired with all types of seafood, sushi, sashimi, crab, lobster, chicken, veal, pork, and a myriad of different cheeses.

Aside from their three Classified estates in Bordeaux, the company also produces wines in the Napa Valley with Opus One, in Limoux with Domaine de Baron’arques, and in Chile, where the Rothschild family formed a partnership with Concha y Toro in Chile to create Almaviva.

When added to all their branded and negociant wines, like Mouton Cadet, in total, the company sells more than $350,000,000 worth of wine each year! Part of the reason for their success in creating an international brand has to do with their nonstop marketing all over the world.

In fact, Chateau Mouton Rothschild was one of the first 1855 Classified chateau to begin marketing in China. To further their connection to the country of China, for the 2008 vintage, Chateau Mouton Rothschild chose Xu Le, the Chinese-born artist to design their label.

Château Mouton Rothschild Wine Tasting Notes

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2020 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 99

Dark, almost opaque in color, the wine opens with a cornucopia of scents; spice-box, dark Cuban cigar wrapper, flowers, creme de cassis, blackberry espresso, mint and a drop of dark chocolate. Concentrated, full-bodied, deep, long, intense and complex, texturally, the wine is opulent, plush and velvety. But there is also more than ample lift keeping everything upbeat. The seamless finish is perfectly balanced, with all its layers of polished, sensuous, silky fruits in the right place for over 60 seconds! The wine blends 84% Cabernet Sauvignon,13% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, 13.1% ABV, pH 3.8. Yields were low at 32 hectoliters per hectare with only 49% of the harvest going into the Grand Vin, so not much wine was made. The harvest took place September 7-September 24. The first vintage with Jean-Emmanuel Danjoy calling the shots is a tremendous success! This is a contender for wine of the vintage. 98-100 Pts

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2020 Château Mouton Rothschild Aile D'Argent Blanc  (Bordeaux) 95

Squeeze fresh lemons over rocks and you get the picture. The wine is bright, zesty, crisp and juicy. With creamy texture, lift and length, the wine offers purity and compelling freshness. 95 Pts

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2020 Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 95

Elegant, sophisticated, long, clean and expansive, this is showing just great due to all its layers of perfectly ripe, red fruits, silky tannins, length and freshness. There is a real verve here, with concentration, sweetness, lift and complexity allowing the wine to age and evolve. The finish leaves you with more of those sweet, ripe, juicy berries. Today the second wine of Mouton Rothschild is superior to every vintage of Mouton produced in the 70s and in most of the 80s! The wine blends 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, 13.1% ABV. 94-96 Pts

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2019 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 100

Mouton Rothschild hasn't skipped a beat since the sublime 2009 vintage! 2019 continues their winning streak with one of the wines of the vintage. Almost opaque in color, the nose resonates with its showy display of Asian spices, cigar wrapper, fresh herbs, cigar box, blackberries, crushed stone and cassis. Full-bodied, richly concentrated, opulent, and equally refined, the multi-layered display of flawlessly ripe berries, elegant textures, balance, freshness and flamboyance is what the great vintages of Mouton are all about. The finish crosses the 60 second mark with ease. Drink from 2035-2070. 100 Points

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Deeply colored, the intoxicating, aromatic profile provides essences of mint, Asian spice, blackberry, cassis, cigar box, smoke and lead pencil. On the palate, the wine is rich, lush, round, full-bodied and concentrated, with layers of lusciously textured, ripe, sweet, fresh, pure dark red pit fruits and blackberries. Classically styled, but classic in a good way, the wine is showy, but not flamboyant. The finish here just keeps on going. With a high proportion of Cabernet in the blend, the wine is produced from 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot, reaching 13.5 alcohol. The harvest took place September 18-October 5. The Grand Vin was produced from 51% of the crop with yields of only 40 hectoliters per hectare. 98-100 Pts

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2019 Château Mouton Rothschild Aile D'Argent Blanc  (Bordeaux) 95

Bright, crisp and with screaming fresh acidities, you start off with flowers, lemon, lime and tropical orange scents. Sweet pure and with creamy textures and a zesty mouthfeel, this a gorgeous white Bordeaux wine that will drink well young, and age well too. The wine is a blend of 61% Sauvignon Blanc, 38% Semillon and 1% Muscadelle. 95 Pts

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2019 Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 94

This is so good, it is difficult to believe, that it is only a second wine. Texturally, the wine is rich, plush, polished elegant and fresh. You find layers of blackberry, currants and cassis paired with wet earth, flowers and tobacco leaf with a cool hint of spice on the nose and palate. The finish steals the show with its layers of ripe, sweet, lusciously textured black and red fruits. The wine can be enjoyed in its youth, but patience will be rewarded with all of its yet to come secondary nuances. Drink from 2025-2042. 94 Points

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Truffle, flowers, tobacco leaf, spice-box and blackberry aromas permeate the perfume. Round and richly textured, with a beautiful blast of black and red, ripe, sweet fruit and freshness on the palate, everything comes together in the supple textured finish. It is interesting to note that today, the second wine is superior to every vintage of Mouton Rothschild produced in the 70s and most of the 80s! The wine blends 68% Cabernet Sauvignon and 32% Merlot. 93-95 Pts

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2018 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 100

Dark red ink in color, the wine exudes Asian spice, espresso, smoke, cigar box, walnuts, cocoa, blackberry and red currant aromas. If you can pull yourself away from seeking additional nuances in the perfume, the wine hits your palate with waves of sensuous, decadent, velvety, dark red fruits and spice that clock in at over 60 seconds. Think of 2018 as a better version of 2009, with more concentration, silkier tannins, additional levels of purity and opulence. Even with all this voluptuousness, the wine is energetic and intense. The blend comes from 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, 13.8% alcohol. 100 Points

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Opaque in color, the purple black hue is gorgeous. The perfume with its sea salt, lead pencil, blackberry liqueur, black currants, tobacco, spice and smoke is a knockout! That will keep you busy enough but it is on the palate where you'll really experience the wine as it hits and coats every nook and cranny in your mouth. The wine is lavish, dense, concentrated and showy. The naturally flamboyant nature of Mouton Rothschild comes though loud and clear. Even with all this voluptuousness, the wine is energetic and intense. The finish remains with you for well over 60 seconds. Clearly, the 2018 is going to be one of the great vintages of Mouton ever produced. The blend comes from 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc and reached 13.8% alcohol. The harvest took place from September 10 to October 3, the Grand Vin represents 66% of the harvest with very low yields of only 28 hectoliters per hectare. 98-100 Pts

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2018 Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 95

Is Le Petit Mouton the best second wine from Bordeaux today? After tasting the 2018, it is a distinct possibility. Dark in color, the nose jumps with 5 spice, currants, smoke, blackberries and light oak aromas. Silky, lush and polished with layers of sweet, ripe, fresh, round red fruits that build and linger. Disarmingly easy to taste, this has the ability to age for at least two decades. Blended using 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, reaching 14% alcohol, part of the reason the wine feels so rich that for the first time, the wine was aged in 100% new, French oak barrels, instead of closer to 50%. 95 Points

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Put your nose into a basket of freshly picked black and red berries and you'll get the idea of the perfume here. Dark in color, the perfectly ripe, sweet fruit is vibrant, juicy and polished. The wine is supple and disarmingly easy to taste but don't that let fool you, there is depth of flavor and the ability to age for at least two decades. The wine was fashioned from 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, reaching 14% alcohol. This is so good it is hard to fathom that this only a second wine. With the exception of 1982 and 1986, this is better than any vintage of Mouton produced between 1962 and 1996! 94-96 Pts

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2018 Château Mouton Rothschild Aile D'Argent Blanc  (Bordeaux) 94

Honeysuckle, orange peel, pineapple, pears and vanilla shine with little effort. The balance between the yellow citrus, hints of tropical fruits and freshness on the palate brings it all together. The wine will be perfect when paired with all types of fresh seafood dishes. The wine was made from a blend of 55% Sauvignon Blanc and 45% Semillon. 94 Points

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2017 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 98

Nearly purple in color, this is full bodied and intense. There is a strong sensation of crushed stone, exotic spices, licorice and barbecue smoke swirling about the dusky red fruits as they coat your palate. Powerful and sensuous with a magnificent wholesomeness of fruit, the wine nimbly builds to a boundless finish, which clocks in at close to 60 seconds! The blend comes from 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot, reaching 13.1% alcohol with a pH of 3.75. The harvest took place from September 7 to September 29 and the Grand Vin represents 51% of the harvest. 98 Points

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2017 Château Mouton Rothschild Aile D'Argent Blanc  (Bordeaux) 95

Clearly the finest vintage of Aile D'Argent Blanc, this shows off its lemon peel, vanilla bean, flowers, bees wax and citrus peel with no effort. The wine is fresh, there is volume, length and a refreshing, fruity quality in the finish that sticks with you. The wine was made from a blend of 53% Sauvignon Blanc, 46% Semillon and 1% Muscadelle and a touch of Sauvignon Gris. Close to 40% of the crop was damaged by the frost. 95 Points

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2017 Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 93

Displaying a deep hue, the wine is full bodied, lush, polished and fresh. There is a depth of flavor, which arises on the palate with an attention-grabbing pageant of blackberries, cassis, tobacco and licorice. Thought-provoking to note the fact that this second wine is superior to every vintage of Mouton Rothschild produced in the 70s and most of the 80s. The exquisite balance was fashioned from 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. The wine reached 13.2% alcohol with a pH of 3.75 93 Points

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2016 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 100

The nose can only be described as black currant liqueur. From there you find 5 spice, blackberry and wild cherry. The barrel aging has really concentrated this wine. Unctuous, intense, concentrated and flat out, delicious. It is not often Pauillac is described as decadent. But that is exactly what takes place here. The wine covers every taste receptor on your palate. If you have the chance to taste this elixir, don't pass on it. If you have the disposable income to lay this incredible wine down, do it,. As this is going to be impossibly expensive as it matures. 100 Points

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Almost opaque in color, the wine is inky dark with a beautiful sheen to the edge. Blackberry, cassis, citrus, flowers, Cuban cigars and exotic spices are the first things you notice. Power balanced with stylishness, sweetness with acidity. This is pure silk and velvet in texture with the flavor of berries just picked off the vine. I timed the finish at over 60 seconds and this is just a baby! Imagine what this will be like when it's mature! The blend comes from 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. This is the first time since 2004 that Mouton Rothschild has been able to include Petit Verdot in the blend. At 13.2% alcohol with a pH of 3.76, the harvest took place between September 26 and October 14. The Grand Vin represents 53% of the harvest. 99 Points

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2016 Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 94

The freshness, refined tannins and elegant stylings are already really coming alive. The juiciness in the berries, the length, purity and energy in the perfectly ripe red fruits is impossible not to notice. The soft, silky finish with its hint of spice and polish shines in this vintage. With an uncommonly high percentage of Merlot in the blend, this wine was made using 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. 94 Points

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Showing a deep ruby color, the wine is silky, polished, rich and full bodied. There is a freshness and volume here, giving you a luscious texture and length on the palate, with ripe, sweet, berries and soft, silky tannins. It's hard to believe this is only a second wine. With an uncommonly high percentage of Merlot in the blend, this wine was made using 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc and reached 13.3% alcohol. 94 Points

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2016 Château Mouton Rothschild Aile D'Argent Blanc  (Bordeaux) 93

With a yellow gold hue, the wine shows yellow citrus, pomelo, vanilla and honeysuckle. Fresh, ripe, and crisp with a hint of honeysuckle, this is perfect for drinking today. 93 Points

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Fresh, juicy citrus fruit, flowers, honeydew melon and mineral essences get the wine going. There is ample yellow citrus peel and a judicious hint of honey, rounding out the sweet, juicy, pomelo, pineapple, vanilla and white peach. The wine was made from a blend of 53% Sauvignon Blanc, 46% Semillon and 1% Muscadelle. 93 Points

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2015 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 99

Exotic Asian spices, oyster shell, cigar wrapper and black fruits command your attention. On the palate, the wine is elegant, energetic, refined, polished and full bodied. Even with as much as it is showing now, there is even more going on that is held in reserve. The long, creamy, sensuous, concentrated finish sticks with you for close to 60 seconds.. 99 Points

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Dark in color with a complex nose of licorice, spice box, tobacco and ripe, dark red fruits, this wine is concentrated, long and fresh with true depth of flavor and purity in the mouth. Red, black and even blue fruit are showcased with a hint of spice. The finish packs a silky but slightly reserved punch with smooth, creamy tannins that linger on the palate. The blend comes from 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, reaching 13.2% alcohol with a pH of 3.76. The harvest took place between September 14 and October 2. 96 - 98 Pts

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2015 Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 94

Lead pencil, cigar box, ash, crushed stone and rocks with dark red berries are on the nose and palate. Silky, soft, round textures, lush tannins and juicy, sweet fruits with tobacco finish everything off. 94 Points

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Very spicy with fresh flowers, caramel, smoke, tobacco and blackberries in the bouquet, this wine is smooth, fresh and vibrant with soft tannins and a lush, supple quality of fruit that is enjoyed in the finish. With a high percentage of Merlot in the blend, this wine was made using 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc and reached 13.3% alcohol. 92 - 94 Pts

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2015 Château Mouton Rothschild Aile D'Argent Blanc  (Bordeaux) 92

Honeysuckle, white peach, lemon and pomelo come on strong with ample citrus and vanilla in the crisp, fresh finish. 92 Points

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The blend of 55% Sauvignon Blanc, 43% Semillon and 2%. It was possible to add the Muscadelle because the harvest took place earlier than usual. Waxy grapefruit, lemon peel, vanilla bean and green apple create a wine that is fat, sweet, sassy and fresh. The wine reached 13.5% 93 Points

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2014 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 97

Rich, full-bodied, concentrated and deep, it takes effort to step inside the wine, as I suspect it's about the tighten up and go to sleep for at least a decade or so. Still, it is impossible not to find the layers of ripe, lush, powerful, sweet, dark red fruits that fill your palate from start to finish. Texturally, this is exciting and the finish feels just great as the wine builds and expands. This is contender for one of the wines of the vintage. 97 Points

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The intoxicating nose of smoke, cigar box, wet forest floor, cassis and black fruits is really there. Classic in style, combining ripe, but firm tannins, full bodied and finishing with a concentrated bite of sweet, black currants, Cuban cigars and exotic spices, this will require at least a decade, and perhaps two, to develop to its full potential. The wine was produced from blending 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. 97 Points

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The intoxicating nose of smoke, cigar box, wet forest floor, cassis and black fruits is really there. Classic in style, combining ripe, but firm tannins, full bodied and finishing with a concentrated bite of sweet, black currants, Cuban cigars and exotic spices, this will require at least a decade, and perhaps two, to develop to its full potential. The wine was produced from blending 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. In time, if this improves as I suspect it might, it could add another Point or so, as it\'s really a very good example of Mouton Rothschild. 97 Points

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Deep in color with a complex nose of graphite, plum, blackberry and tobacco, this wine is sure to lure you back for yet another sniff. before you get to the first sip. It is full-bodied, silky, fresh and packed with sweet cassis, caressing your palate with a rich velour, leaving a lasting impression of espresso, cocoa and black raspberries. This wine has less concentration than 2009 and 2010 vintages, yet it still leaves you with sweetness, vibrancy and length. Using 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.1% alcohol with a pH of 3.78. 95-97 Pts

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2014 Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 92

Cassis, blackberry, tobacco and smoky aromas are paired perfectly with ripe, soft tannins and juicy cassis, in the medium/full bodied finish. This can definitely benefit from aging. Give it 4-6 years and you'll be happy you waited. The wine was produced from blending 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot. 92 Points

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With 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot in the blend, this wine displays a beautiful color with espresso and sweet black cherries in the nose. Medium bodied, with a supple textured, spicy, fresh, sweet cherry finish. To illustrate how good this wine is today, this is better than any vintage of Mouton Rothschild produced in the 70's and most of the 80's! 92-93 Pts

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2014 Château Mouton Rothschild Aile D'Argent Blanc  (Bordeaux) 92

The blend of 65% Sauvignon Blanc and 35% Semillon pops with the feel of waxy citrus rind and the scent of green apples. It is a lively, vibrant and refreshing blend of lemon, orange with a hint of sweet vanilla. 92 Pts

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2013 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 93

Truffle, forest floor, cigar box, cedar chest and cassis are easy to find on the nose. Medium/full bodied, elegant, charming and fresh, give this perhaps 4-5 years and you'll have a quite nice, albeit lighter style of Mouton Rothschild to enjoy for the next decade and probably longer. Made using a blend of 889% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, the fruit was picked from September 30 to October 9. 93 Points

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Hints of vanilla bean, tobacco, cassis, blackberry and truffle lead to a medium/full bodied-wine with cassis, blackberry and soft, polished tannins. The wine should improve and add more depth with a few years of aging. From 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, the yields were 30.1 hectoliters per hectare. Less than 50% of the harvest was placed in the Grand Vin. Due to the lighter style of the vintage, the wine was aged using only 80%, new French oak barrels, instead of 100% new oak. 2013 Mouton also represents the smallest amount of cases produced at Mouton Rothschild since 1969. Interestingly, the Merlot at Mouton Rothschild went through veraison after the Cabernet Sauvignon for the first time in Philippe Dhalluin’s memory. 93-94 Pts

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2013 Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 90

Wet earth is the dominant character in the nose, complicated by the addition of earth, red fruits and tobacco. Medium bodied, and fresh, this juicy, red berry filled wine is something you can drink now, or wait a few more years on. 90 Points

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The medium-bodied, forward style allows the soft, bright and spicy essence of cassis and blackberry to shine through. From 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot, this will be fun to drink on release. 88-90 Pts

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2013 Château Mouton Rothschild Aile D'Argent Blanc  (Bordeaux) 90

Flowers, citrus rind, peach, spice and stone move to a refreshing white Bordeaux wine with fruity sweetness and a finish brimming with grapefruit and candied lemon. 90 Pts

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2012 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 96

Deep ruby in color, with secondary aromas already peeking out of the perfume with its truffle, tobacco, leaf, cedar wood, vanilla, cassis, blackberry and peppery nose. Full bodied, lush and velvety, with a long, palate caressing finish, this is another winner in a long line of wines for Philippe Dhalluin. Made from a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the grapes were picked on the late side from October 1 to October 15. 96 Points

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2012 marks the debut vintage utilizing the new facilities at Mouton Rothschild. Blending 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.2% alcohol. Stone, cedar, tobacco, cassis, orange liqueur, slate and fresh herbs create the perfume. The wine is structured, refined, masculine and tannic. The tannins are ripe, powerful and strong, giving the structure to age for patient consumers. This is quite nice for the vintage. 94-95 Pts

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2012 Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 91

Spicy, fresh, medium bodied, forward, with true Pauillac character in its cassis and spicy, black raspberry finish. 91 Points

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The wine pops with fresh grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach and waxy notes. The wine is fresh, lively and bright with an orange- and lemon-filled finish that’s easy to drink. 89-91 Pts. 89 Points

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2012 Château Mouton Rothschild Aile D'Argent Blanc  (Bordeaux) 89

Lemon and grapefruit rind with a vanilla kicker on the nose, ending with a sweet, fresh, citrus character in the finish. 89 Points

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2011 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 93

Cassis and gravel in the nose, that become further complicated with notes of cedar wood, tobacco, black raspberry and cigar box accents. The wine has a gritty, polished sensation on the palate, with loads of fresh, sweet, round textured, blackberry and dark plum notes in the finish. With bottle age, this could score higher. The wine was made using a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. This is the first time since 2005 that Mouton has included any Cabernet Franc in the blend. The grapes were picked between September 12 to September 28. 93 Points

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With a large percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon at 90%, 7% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, this deeply colored wine offers boysenberry, coffee, truffle, smoke, blackberry, earth and black cherry. With ripe tannins and plush sensations, this classic, opulent, stylish, concentrated vintage of Mouton Rothschild ends with deep blackberry and spicy cassis. 94-95 Pts

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2011 Château Mouton Rothschild Aile D'Argent Blanc  (Bordeaux) 90

Citrus, stone, lemon and lime, along with zesty acidity and a fresh, citrus peel note in the finish. 90 Points

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The nose is filled with fresh, zesty lemon, green apple, grapefruit and stone. Full bodied, rich and packed with ripe, crisp, refreshing citrus, the wine was produced from a blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 38% Semillon and 2% Muscadelle. 91-93 Pts

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2011 Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 89

Cedar chest, celery and dusty, cassis notes, medium bodied, with an open and accessible, spicy, fresh red and black plum personality. 89 Points

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70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot create the blend. Flowers, spice, coffee and blackberry with medium body and a soft, approachable black cherry finish. 88-89 Pts

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2010 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 99

Close to perfect, this is stunning. Rich, full-bodied, opulent, fresh, long and with a beautiful purity of fruit, this is an exciting wine that pleases your palate and senses. The fruit has energy, length and palate coating levels of extract. The texture combines power and silky tannins and the finish pushes past the 60-second mark! Just a baby, give this until the wine hits its 20th birthday and I am sure if well-stored this can easily go another 40-50 years past that. This is everything a great Pauillac and Mouton should be. 99 Points

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Wow! If I won the lottery, I'd buy this wine. It's stunning! The showy perfume is impossible to ignore. The wine is incredibly dense. The fruit is rich, ripe and multi faceted. The wine is intense, vibrant, lively and palate staining with the texture of pure polished velvet and silk. Young and primal today, in 20 years, this will be the wine to own, if you won the lottery. This stunning beauty features the highest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon used in the blend in the history of Mouton at 94%. The remaining 6% of the wine is made from Merlot. The grapes were picked from September 29 to October 13. 99 Points

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Deep in color, fresh ground espresso bean, cedar stone, licorice, herb and jammy black cherries create an attention grabbing perfume. Powerful, full bodied, rich, refined, sensuous, and sexy, the wine is plush, opulent, fresh and rich. There is a lot of density and power, yet everything is in balance. This is a beautiful, exotic expression that shows all the reason why Mouton Rothschild deserves its reputation and First Growth status. 99 Points

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Inky in color, this sublime Pauillac offers an explosive nose filled with coffee, Asian spice, crème de cassis, tobacco, pepper and toasty oak that is dense, plush, rich, opulent and intense. With an exotic leaning, this stunning, mouth coating Bordeaux wine feels like pure silk and velvet meshed with power. 98-100 Pts

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Mouton Rothschild represents the largest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon used in blend in the history of the chateau at 94%. The remainder is Merlot. The wine reached 14% alcohol, which is slightly higher than the estate achieved in 2009. From 49% of the harvest, which already experienced low yields due to the weather, the wine achieved natural concentration. Inky dark ruby with purple edges, abundant scents of cedar, truffle, tobacco, boysenberry, cassis, and hints of blueberry prepare your palate for a bath in pure Cabernet Sauvignon. Rich silk textures, power and refined elegance with a suave, exotic, opulent style is the signature of this wine which explodes on your palate and continues to broaden and expand in flavor. This is a great vintage of Mouton which competes with the sublime 2006. 97-100 Pts

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2010 Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 92

This is closing in on its prime-time drinking window, the wine offers freshness, ripe, deep red fruits, soft tannins and a juicy mouthful of sweet cassis, cherries and earth. 92 Points

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The best vintage of Le Petit Mouton made yet, delivers pungent aromas of ripe black raspberries, plum, oak and fennel. There is a plush, polished feeling to the tannins, that finishes with layers of fresh, ripe, dark cherries with hints of cocoa. This is already drinking well. 91 Points

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Oak, spice and blackberry aromas lead to a medium/full bodied soft textured, coffee, cassis and dark berry finish. 90-91 Pts

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Le Petit Mouton de Rothschild - From an assemblage of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc, the wine is spicy, with bright cassis, oak and earth in the nose. Medium bodied with fresh cassis and dark berries, this is the best vintage of this wine I recall tasting. This Pauillac will show well young. 89-91 Pts

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2010 Château Mouton Rothschild Aile D'Argent Blanc  (Bordeaux) 90

Grapefruit, lemon and lime notes open to a refreshing, zippy, citrus and stone finish. 90 Points

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2009 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 99

Even at this early stage, it is impossible not to be awed by what's in your glass! Concentrated, opulent, flamboyant and compelling, the wine explodes from the initial scent. Full-bodied, deep, sensuous and rich, the unique concoction of Asian spices, tobacco leaf, dark red fruits, smoke, wet earth, cedar and crushed rocks grabs you. The intense, long, textural finish builds and lingers. The wine needs another 12-15 more years to really hit its stride. But it is going to be worth the wait! 99 Points

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This bad boy just keeps getting better and better with age. I should age this well. The wine reminds me of a modern day version of the 1982, with its showy, opulent, flamboyant character, intensity and super levels of concentration. The finish just kept on going. Unless I owned multiple cases of this wine, I would not pop a cork until the wine was at least 20 years of age. 99 Points

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Mouth filling, elegant, sultry, exotic and character driven, there is a wealth of fruit that comes alive in the perfume and on the palate. The texture is just great, the finish is packed with layers of sweet, juicy, concentrated berries and the tannins are ripe and firm. I would not be popping a cork on this for at least 12-20 years, but damn, this is tasty juice! Made from blending 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Merlot, the grapes were picked starting September 23, finishing October 6. 98 Points

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The color of dark black ink with red accents, the perfume is packed with spice box, vanilla, smoke, crème de cassis, blackberry, tobacco, truffle, licorice, forest floor and lead pencil. In the mouth, this pure, ostentatious wine is rich, long and concentrated. The finish is packed with fresh, dark berries, Asian spice and lush blackberry liqueur. 98 Points

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2009 Mouton is inky, with purple and blue tints. Blackberry, cassis, cedar, lead pencil, spice and coffee make a potent perfume. The wine is flamboyant, opulent, and expressive. With refined tannins, this concentrated, silky wine ends with dark fruit and cassis flavors. 96-98 Pts

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2009 Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 91

Ready for its prime time drinking window, the wine is medium/full-bodied, with round textures and an earthy, refined blast of juicy cassis, wet earth and tobacco, with just a hint of spice in the finish. 91 Points

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A solid companion to its big brother, if this was 1855, the wine would have been classified. Forward, full and elegant, with richly layered red fruits, spice and earth, the wine is round, juicy sweet and fresh. You can enjoy this now while waiting for the Mouton Rothschild to develop. 93 Points

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Stone, coffee, licorice, earth, forest and cassis are found in the perfume. From a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, this medium bodied Pauillac ends with a tannic, fresh, crisp, cassis and blackberry finish. 89 Points

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2008 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 96

Truffles, wet earth, tobacco wrapper, forest floor and leafy notes add to the nuances. Full bodied, firm, tannic and classically styled, the wine is still austere. There is plenty of fruit buried below the wall of tannins, but you will need time for the tannins to subside. This will take at least 10-15 more years before it is civilized. 96 Points

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08 Mouton Rothschild showed good depth of color. Black fruit, Asian spice, and vanilla were everywhere in the nose. This full bodied wine builds in the mouth. The rounded tannins promote the opulent, rich style. The 08 is a classic Mouton, less exotic than some earlier vintages. But it’s going to win a lot of fans. Made from blending 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Merlot, the late harvest was relatively quick, taking place between October 2 and October 15. 92-95 Pts

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2008 Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 91

Strict, a bit firm and under-ripe, there is a distinctive, herbal edge to the crisp red fruits and firm tannins on the palate. With 94% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend, this is the highest percentage of Cabernet used in any vintage of Le Petit Mouton. 91 Points

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2008 Château Mouton Rothschild Aile D'Argent Blanc  (Bordeaux) 86

Slight more than fully mature, the has started fading, combining citrus with chartreuse in its bright, pomelo and orange finish. 86 Points

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2007 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 93

Lacking the depth and opulence found in the best years, the wine exchanges concentration and complexity for a medium bodied, correct, early drinking Pauillac, with a real Bordeaux character. At 10, this is already a charmer. However, it is a not a wine for extended cellaring. If you have a bottle, pop a cork over the next 3-8 years, to get the most out of the wine. 93 Points

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2006 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 95

Reticent, it takes air, coaxing and patience before the bright, fresh, vibrant red fruits begin to show, Classic, refined, and on the cassis, red plum side of the fruit range, there is a firmness to the tannins that will take time to resolve. In a decade, this is probably going to score much higher. Patience is required here. 95 Points

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Don't let the lightening of color around the edge fool you into thinking this ready to drink. The nose is only now starting to show its tobacco, cigar box, forest floor, exotic spice and dark fruit characteristics. Full bodied, dense and powerful, while there is still a wealth of tannin present, the tannins are ripe. The fruit is sweet, warm and spicy. There is a beauty to the cherry liqueur and kirsch flavors in the supple textured finish. If you like your wines young, or have no patience, you can open a bottle. But if you have a cold cellar, and can manage to wait 5-10 more years, this will be a stunner. Produced from a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Merlot, the harvest took place starting September 20 and finished October 5. 97 Points

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Young, OK, very young, but there is a lot to like here, with its fragrant nose of cassis, lead pencil, earth, spice, tobacco and blackberry filled perfume. Opulent, silky, round and concentrated, give it 10 more years to come around and it should score even better. At least I hope so. I'm sitting on my bottles patiently. 96 Points

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2006 Mouton Rothschild is the wine of the vintage. It’s only 4 years old, and its potential is already clearly evident. The best wines offer a uniqueness of character and 2006 Mouton has that in spades! The aromatics explode from the glass. The complex perfume is filled with primary scents of smoke, caramel, tar, espresso, coffee, chocolate, spicy black cherry and cassis. This dense wine is extremely rich and offers multiple layers of fruit and freshness. It coats your palate with a finish that lasts close to 60 seconds! The fruit displays an intense purity that is hard to find. Consumers wanting to own a great vintage of Mouton should be laying down the 2006. In my opinion, in the years to come, this will be considered one of the legendary vintages of Mouton Rothschild. While it’s expensive, it sells for less than other recent vintages like 2000, 2005 and 2009 and this is a better wine! 99 Pts

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2006 Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 90

With a salty, cherry griotte, cassis, spicy and olive tapanade character, this is drinking right where it needs to be. This offers a nice, mature, medium bodied, polished, Pauillac character. 90 Points

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2005 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 98

This is so young. Yet, if you look inside with just a bit of effort, the wine is fabulous with unlimited potential. Concentrated, full, rich and with serious depth of flavor, the wine balances its naturally opulent nature with the structure to age, a wall of ripe tannin and endless waves of juicy, ripe, fresh, pure cassis. Patience is warranted. So give it 15 years and enjoy it over the next 50! 98 Points

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If you like power, elegance, concentration, velvety textures, ripe, silky, fresh fruits with spicy, exotic flavors, this is going to be your style of wine. From a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc. The harvest took place from September 21 to October 6. Give this a decade and you’ll be drinking in grand style! 98 Points

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Good things come to those that wait! And this just keeps better and better, but what else should expect from a great terroir and the talented Philippe Dhalluin. Concentrated with layers of sweet, silky, opulent berries, velvety tannins, an attention seeking nose of cassis, cigar box, earth, truffle and Asian spice, the wine ends sensations of pure silk, velvet and opulence, that literally bathes your palate. 98 Points

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Attention seeking aromas of black cherry, smoke, tobacco, cigar box, spice, cassis and cedar chest get the ball rolling. Rich, polished, refined and round, still young, give this another 10-20 years before it releases all its charms. 96 Points

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Cassis, blackberry, tobacco, earth and cedar wood, with a hint of lead pencil, full bodied with layers of fresh cassis and blackberry, round tannins and a plush, opulent character. Give it until 2020 before popping a bottle. 95 Points

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Sweet oak, currant, fennel and spice were easy to find. Very rich, sexy, mouth feel. Opulent fruit and polished, silky tannins. Full bodied and concentrated with ripe fruit. The wine ends with a long finish. 95 Points

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2005 Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 92

Completely charming, textbook, medium/full bodied Pauillac that is drinking in the sweet spot. The ripe, juicy, sweet cassis and tobacco notes with a hint of cedar are ready to do their job. 92 Points

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Medium bodied, soft, forward, approachable and ready for current consumption with its elegant, cedar, fresh cassis, cherry and tobacco profile. 91 Points

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2005 Château Mouton Rothschild Aile D'Argent Blanc  (Bordeaux) 87

Golden in color, plush in texture and displaying honey and dried apricot notes. The wine should be drunk up sooner than later. 87 Pts

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2004 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 93

Still quite youthful, even though it lacks the concentration and flamboyance, the wine still has plenty to offer. Medium/full-bodied, the wine focuses on cedar, tobacco leaf, red currants and forest floor notes in the perfume, the nose. Fresh, bright red fruits and spice box notes on the soft refined palate complete the finish. The wine needs another 5 years n the cellar before it moves completely into its secondary stage. 93 Points

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Cedar chest, forest floor, cigar box, mocha, wet earth and fennel open the wine. On the palate, the wine delivers blackberry, spice and plum notes with freshness in the finish. Full bodied and less developed than many wines from the year, this youthful wine will improve with another 3-5 years in the bottle. This marks the debut vintage for Philippe Dhalluin at Mouton. The wine was made from a blend of 73% Cabernet . Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The harvest took place from September 29 to October 15. 92 Points

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2004 Château Mouton Rothschild Aile D'Argent Blanc  (Bordeaux) 84

Dark yellow in color, better on the nose with its orange marmalade and honeydew, the fruit on the palate has kept its depth, but lost much of its freshness. 84 Points

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2003 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 96

Cigar box, jammy black raspberry, mint, ash, tobacco, cedar wood, cloves, cinnamon and wet forest floor notes start the fireworks. On the palate, the rich, sensuous, flamboyant, showy wine is a hedonistic treat for the senses from start to finish. The early harvest took place between September 15 and September 25. The wine was made from a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. 96 Points

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In a vintage that produced several legendary wines from the Northern Medoc, the 2003 Mouton Rothschild is a bit of a disappointment. From a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot, the wine is already starting to open up, which is a rarity for Mouton, a wine that's known for often taking decades to mature. Tobacco, earth, Asian spice, creme de cassis, blueberry, smoke, licorice and gravel scents produce the perfume. Soft and opulent in texture, with a flamboyant personality, the wine is surprisingly low in alcohol for the vintage at 12.9%. It lacks that special something found in the top wines from the controversial vintage. 94 Points

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2002 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 93

This was a treat as First Growths are not popped that much these day. This is coming along nicely, with tobacco, cedar wood, cassis and earthy, forest floor notes continue developing. It's not the most concentrated vintage of Mouton, but it's starting to soften and fill out, while adding complexity and charm. Produced from a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, I'd give it another 5 - 8 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 2 decades. 93 Points

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2001 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 92

Close to fully developed, for a First Growth, it is a bit of a disappointment. Medium-bodied, earthy, and showing a good amount of secondary character with its cedar, cigar box, herb, forest floor, spice, and crisp red berries, there is a slight rusticity to the tannins and a general simplicity to the wine on the palate and in the finish. This is unlikely to improve much with age. 92 Points

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2001 Mouton is already showing secondary notes. Smoke, truffle, cassis, burnt leaves and blackberries make up the perfume. The hint of greenness in the finish is not helped by the sensation of cranberry which ends with a fresh cassis note. Still young, it may flesh out in the future. But I’m not holding my breath. 91 Pts

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2000 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 97

Espresso bean, Asian spice, crushed stone, mulberries, cassis and floral aromas make up the complex perfume. Luscious, rich, round and filled with plush, dark berries, this opulent, stylish Pauillac finishes with silky tannins, rich, spicy, dark berries. 5-10 more years will add a lot to this strong wine. 97 Points

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Smoke, herbs, cassis, espresso and Asian spice are easy to find in the perfume. The texture is soft, plush and round. But the wine lacks the same level of power, intensity and purity of the other top wines of the vintage. 96 Points

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1999 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 92

Quite nice and on its way to maturity with a nose of tobacco, spice, cassis, black cherry, cedar chest, smoke, coffee beans and a hint of truffle. Round, soft tannins and a plush, classy, dark cherry, plum, cassis and spicy finish make this one of the best wines of the vintage. From a blend of with a high percentage of Merlot for Mouton Rothschild, 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, you can drink it now, or wait a few years. Medium/full bodied, lacking the concentration of the better vintages, it's not a wine to lay down for decades, but it's a fine version of a classic Pauillac that married perfectly with a roast chicken. The original sale price tag of $85 brought a smile to our face. Those were the days... 92 Points

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1998 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 95

The wine starts off with an array of layers in the perfume. Full-bodied and concentrated, with layers of fruit. But the finish is a bit clipped. The wine is very good, but the brief finish is a bit disappointing. Time will add complexities, but the finish is probably not going to get any better. 95 Points

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Just a great bottle of wine that could go up in score as it ages. Holding tight to its deep, dark color, you find espresso, tobacco leaf, blackberry, cassis and spice on the nose. Rich, silky, opulently textured fruits just feel great on your palate. The wine remains youthful, fruity and with another decade, should be a knockout! 96 Points

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Cassis, smoke, earth, Asian spice and blackberry aromas lead to a full bodied wine with ample concentration. But the character of the vintage shows due to the lack of selection utilized by the chateau at the time. The finish shows signs of green olive tapenade in the slightly rough textures. 94 Points

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Cedar, truffle and Asian spice add to the black fruit, cassis aromatics. Very silky with a concentrated mouth feel and pure Cabernet finish. This is only going to improve. 94 Points

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With 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% more than Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, this deeply colored, large scaled Pauillac offers aromatics of cassis, mocha, coffee and exotic spices. Very tannic, but lacking the same level of finesse found in the tannins from Chateau Lafite-Rothschild of this same vintage. At least two decades of sleep are required before this wine develops and becomes civilized. 94 Points

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1997 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 91

Spicy cassis, incense, cedar chest, tobacco and smoke aromas, medium body and a light, black raspberry and spice filled finish are found in this wine. This is showing well today. However, it is not a vintage of Mouton Rothschild I’d hold for further aging. 91 Points

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1996 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 95

Seemingly close to fully-developed, the wine is medium/full-bodied with a catchy display of tobacco leaf, cedar, cigar box, spice, forest leaf, herbs and red currants. Most of the tannins feel melted away. Soft, chewy, spicy and fresh with an herb, spice and cedar tint to the red fruits, this is quite nice for drinking today. 95 Points

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A good, but not great vintage for Mouton Rothschild in a year where they should have shined, as you do not find the weight and density experienced in the top wines of the vintage. Still, there is a lot to like here. There is a ripeness to the tannins and fruit giving you layers of juicy, fresh, creme de cassis, tobacco, earth, spice and cigar box. It is starting to drink well-well now, so if you pop a cork, give it an hour or two of air and it will provide a beautiful night of wine. 95 Points

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Full bodied, long, powerful, tannic, fresh and vibrant, while approachable, and fun to drink, this is not yet mature. There is a touch of green in the finish, but in a good way, as it adds to the character of this tobacco, cedar, earth, cigar box, blackberry and spice filled personality. The wine was produced from a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 13% Merlot. 96 Points

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With a high percentage of Cabernet Franc at 10% of the blend, cigar box, leaf, mint, cassis, blackberry, spice, smoke, coffee and tobacco notes come to the forefront without much effort. On the palate, the wine is deep, rich, concentrated, long, powerful and structured to age. Still on the young side, while approachable now, if you like young Bordeaux, I’d give it 5 – 10 more years to soften and come together before popping another bottle. 96 Points

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From a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine opens with tobacco, cigar box, crème de cassis, minerality, damp earth, fennel, smoke, and an array spice box aromas. Full bodied and powerful, this Bordeaux wine awards you with a juicy, rich mouthful of fresh, ripe cabernet sauvignon. The long finish ends with a blast of blackberry, spice and black cherry. While already showing well, this special Pauillac wine will gain additional complexity along with more opulent layers of texture with time. 96 Points

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1996 Mouton Rothschild is ripe, rich, powerful and filled with juicy cassis. The fruit shows purity and intensity along with richness. Still young, this will open early for a top vintage of Mouton. It can be enjoyed today, or held for decades. 95 Points

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Dark in color and filled with even darker fruit, exotic spice, incense, coffee and cassis. Rich, concentrated, deep and filled with ripe fruit and soft tannins. This polished wine will be be sublime in another decade or two, patience is required. 96 Points

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1995 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 94

Classic, firm, old-school, tannic-edged, full-bodied, almost stoic wine, the fruit is bright, crisp and edgy, with savory, herbal nuances, peppery spices, cedar and tobacco to boot. It is not a lot of fun to drink today. If you have the wine and patience, you should give it a decade in the cellar before opening a bottle. 94 Points

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There is a bit more strictness and severity to the wine that is becoming more apparent over the years. The wine has power, loads of tannin, and the fruit is ripe, but the increasing austerity that is an issue with many 1995 Bordeaux wines is something to take note of. 94 Points

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Full-bodied, firm and classic in style, there is a lot of freshness, brightness and cedar, lead pencil, cedar and tobacco notes that coincide with the cassis and cherry here. Tasters that prefer Bordeaux straddling old school, classic Bordeaux and softer, more modern wines will really dig this wine. 95 Points

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Concentrated, full bodied, youthful and powerful, yet this lacks a refined elegance. At 21 years of age, the wine retains a massive wall of hard tannins that will need 10-15 or 20 more years to soften. This lacks the special something found in the 1986, but stylistically, they share much in common. 95 Points

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With close to 3 hours of decanting, 1995 Mouton Rothschild developed a nose of tobacco, espresso bean, earth, crème de cassis, ash, herbs, spearmint and spicy cherries. Still tannic, this is a big, powerful, refined, but masculine Pauillac. Once the wine started softening, the spicy, boysenberry filled finish fleshed out, becoming a lot more fun to drink. From a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc, the wine needs at least another decade or more to soften before it's fun to drink. . You can drink this now, but it's still young and on the brawny side. 95 Points

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1994 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 92

Ready to drink, the wine is simple, fresh, bright, and on the red fruit side with its strawberry, cherry and cassis personality. The wine is not overly complex and a it’s a little bit lean and green on the palate. This is what my friends from across the pond call a proper, classic luncheon claret. 92 Points

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Medium bodied, bright, and leaning to the austere side of the stye range, there is touch of roughness of to the tannins and some herbal notes, along with a core of earthym spicy, dark cherry and cassis fruit. This is an OK Pauiilac, but not really a great example of Mouton. This is drinking about as good as its going to get. If you have laid some down for birthdays or anniversaries, the wine is not in danger of fading away. 90 Points

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1993 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 91

More medium than full-bodied, with a bright, crisp edge to the cassis, cranberry and cherry, there is still a regal touch and nice spicy character to the red fruits. Earth, leaf, tobacco, roasted coffee bean and herbs make their presence known from start to finish along with the sweet and tart piquant red fruits. This is at peak and should be consumed sooner than later. 91 Points

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1990 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 89

A bit on the short side, the red fruits have a spicy tart edge which are followed by its savory side of leaves, herbs and tobacco leaf. Medium-bodied, a bit stoic, this is not really worth the money in today's marketplace. 89 Points

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Strict, almost severe, with noticeable green notes interspersed with the cassis, spice, tobacco and cigar characteristics. Fairly disappointing for a First Growth and the vintage. 89 Points

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I'm not sure what happened with this wine in such a strong vintage. Medium bodied, with some rusticity to the tannins, a muted, cassis, earth and tobacco nose and a a fine, but hardly exciting finish. On the bright side, there is no hurry to drink it. But I'm not sure there is a lot reason to buy it either. 89 Points

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A nice wine for sure, but lacking the depth, texture and opulence found in the best vintages. The wine displays secondary characteristics at this stage. It's a nice Bordeaux, but not a great Mouton Rothschild. 90 Points

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Fully mature, with tobacco, herb, forest floor and spicy cassis notes, the wine is light in color, light on the palate and lean in the finish, with fading fruit in the finish. For a First Growth from a great vintage that sells for this much money, the wine was a major disappointment. Drink up as this is only going to get worse with time. 88 Points

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1989 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 92

Disappointing for a First Growth. The issue here is the over-riding sensation of greenness on the nose and palate. The spicy cassis is fresh and straddles the line between sweet and tart, and you also find strong notes of cedar and tobacco. But the intensity of the herbal and pepper notes in the finish really stand out. Lovers of those characteristics will enjoy this more than I did. 92 Points

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Tobacco, earth, spice, cassis, plums and forest aromatics started off the wine. Some tannins remain to be resolved in this traditionally made wine. The wine ends with a juicy mouthful of cassis, spice and blackberry. fruit. 92 Points

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Coffee, licorice, cedar, cassis, tar, and molasses fill your nose with pleasure. This full bodied wine has nice weight and density as well as good texture. But the black fruit filled finish falls short, especially for a First Growth in a strong vintage. This wine will continue drinking well for at least another decade. 91 Points

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1988 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 90

Firm, classic, austere and structured, the tannins have a rustic quality that takes away from the cassis, cedar and tobacco filled character. This is not a poor example of a classic Pauillac, but it's certainly not a wine I'd pour as a great example of a First Growth. My guess is, further aging is not going to add much. At close to 30 years of age, it is, what it is. 90 Points

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Tought, hard, tart and dry, I do not know who gave this wine 100 Pts at one time, or how they came to it, because there is very little, there, there. The wine was dominated by tart red berries, earth, tobacco and dry textures. Perhaps hours of decanting would soften the wine, but it would also lose what little aromatics it has to offer. This is not a wine to seek out at auctions. 87 Points

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The wine is better on the nose than nose than the palate. The fruit is starting to dry out. The tannins are hard and the earth, tobacco, spicy cassis and cranberry filled wine lacks elegance and charm. This is not a wine that will get better with age. If you like old school, traditional Bordeaux and you own a bottle, I'd drink it sooner than later. 88 Points

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1986 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 97

Firm, fiercely tannic, strict, and young, this bottle remains stubbornly adolescent. Incredibly concentrated, powerful, long and intense, this is a modern-day version of the 1928, which took 50-60 years to come around. Younger consumers with patience should take a good look at this. Provided that youth and patience can get along. 97 Points

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Powerful, firm, concentrated, tannic and deep, this is classic Bordeaux at its best. Not showy, but suggestive, this is a wine of contemplation. It takes time in the glass to unfurl. Complex, but not at forward, with patience and coaxing the wall of fruit opens to leather, soy, spice, tobacco, cedar chest, bright red cherries, cassis and cigar box sensations. Yes, the wine is tannic, but the tannins are ripe, firm, delivering you a stoic, refined, multi-layered experience. Give it 2-3 hours of air, or wait 5-10 years, else gift it to your children, if they are young. I am certain this is going to be one of the 100 year wines. 98 Points

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I am sure old-timers tasting the 1928 in its youth grew tired of waiting for full-maturity and made similar comments to this note. Clearly, all the elements for a great wine are here. Powerful, deep, full-bodied, complex, youthful, energetic and multi-layered, the wine remains stubbornly holding on to its youth. The wall of tannin remains, as does the ocean of fruit, but the tannins are quite present, even with 4 hours of air. Yet, it is impossible not to see that when this hits its stride, it is going to be one of the great vintages of Mouton. But when is that going to happen? 98 Points

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Masculine, powerful and concentrated beyond belief, the wine is stubbornly holding on to its youth, refusing to soften up its wall of tannin. Still, it is impossible not to be overwhelmed by the endless layers of exotically textured, dark, dense fruit. The nose, with its Asian spice, mint, tobacco, cigar box and earthy component is off the hook. And as hard as it is too believe, the experience of the wine on the palate is even better. But it will need another decade to truly come together. 99 Points

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Firm, set in its ways, powerful and tannic, yet, even though it's set in its ways, there is movement here. One of the more youthful bottles I recall tasting, the nose is there, with its cassis, cedar, Asian spice, tobacco and forest floor glory. The body is full, in fact, this is massive in its concentration, equaled only by its tannic structure. With air, 4-6 hours, the wine softened, opened and showed its stuff. The wine was made from a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. 98 Points

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Stunning in every sense of the word. With 4 hours of decanting, the regal fruit truly showed of its royal bearing. Mouth filling, but not heavy, the fruit coated your palate. Probably more athletic than brawny, the tannins, while present are ripe giving the wine a polished, masculine personality that is hard to beat. You can drink this stunner now, but you'll get even more out of the wine if you give it another 5-10 years. It's going to be worth it. Made from a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the late harvest took place from October 2, finishing October, 16. 99 Points

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Some bottles of this wine with air, have been quite enjoyable. This bottle tasted like it was 10 years old. Tannic, tight, powerful, dense and full bodied, there was an ocean of fruit. But the tannins and closed character of the wine made it all about the promise, and not about the present. 97 Points

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Clearly, this is the most concentrated wine of the vintage. This is incredibly dense, with so much fruit and tannin, it's hard to believe. Overcoming the hard qualities many wines from 1986 share, the is elegant and powerful all at once. It has the unique ability to combine grace and refinement with massive levels of fruit. The wine is tannic, but not in a bad way, as the tannins are ripe and have polished, soft textures. Still young, drink this now with 4 hours of air, of wait another decade. In this case, patience is a virtue. 98 Points

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Still young, this offers so much promise, once you look below it tannic shell. Intense, fresh, massive, powerful and mouth filling, the wine grabs you, keeping you focused on what's in your glass. Another 5-10 years add even more complexity and softness to the wine. 98 Points

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I get to taste this wine a lot, as I own it, and so do many of my friends. While some bottles are more open and expressive than others, it never fails to impress with its massive wall of ripe, intense fruits, nose of Cuban Cigars, cedar chest, truffle, Asian spice, and long, powerful, tannic,yet, polished finish. This is still young and will only get better and better for decades. 98 Points

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Clearly the wine of the vintage. At almost 30 years of age, this is fun to drink. But its best days are well into the future. There is an exotic texture to the massive wall of fruit, ripe, coupled with powerful, but tannins and attention seeking aromatics. 99 Points

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Big, powerful, rich, tannic and packed with layer after layer of fruit. The wine coats your palate, the nose offers complexities, but the wine is still young at close to 30 years of age. There is a bit of grit to the tannins that was overwhelmed by the fruit, but you could feel a bit. If you can wait a decade, this should be even better as it is has all the raw materials for a long life. 98 Points

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Power, purity, refinement and intensity. This incredibly concentrated wine remains the wine of the 1986 Bordeaux vintage. With 4 hours of air, the wine began to open and reveal tobacco, Cuban cigars, truffle, cassis, blackberry and Asian spice notes. On the palate, the wine is huge, but perfectly balanced with all the right elements leading to a pure, clean finish that builds in the mouth for close to 60 seconds! You can pop a cork today with 3-4 hours of air, but if you have the patience, another 5-10 years in the bottle will only add more complexity to this stunning wine. 98 Points

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The wine of the vintage strikes again! From a difficult year, known for tough, tannic wines, 1986 Mouton Rothschild is a true gem. Asian spice, coffee bean, smoke, blackberries, over ripe cherries, earth, tobacco and stone notes come alive. Powerful, intense and packed with more layers of fruit than I'd want to count, the wine is massive. It tastes and feels like a full bottle was poured into a magnum. The wine is masculine, but refined, structured and graceful. At close to 30 years of age, it wants another decade or more before it really starts to deliver its goods. This wine clearly coats your mouth, palate and tongue with the essence of Bordeaux. 99 Points

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Rapidly approaching 30 years of age, this is still an adolescent! While fun to drink now, at maturity, which could come in another 10-15 or 20 years, this is going to be a stunning wine! It’s got it all starting with smoke filled bouquet, complicated with lead pencil, cigar box, spice, dark chocolate, cassis and dark berries. Still tanninc, the tannins are ripe, but there is a light chalky quality feel in the incredibly long, intense, structured finish. The 4 hour decanting was about right. 98 Points

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Smoke, cassis, truffle, brown sugar, lead pencil, cherry blossoms, smoke, Asian spice, caramel and light chocolate with mint create the perfume. Big, powerful, full bodied with dense textures, chalky tannins and the structure to age for several more decades without trouble, there is a lot of intense, spice and cassis meshed with tannins remaining to be resolved. The wine was decanted 4 hours prior to serving. I am not a fan of long decants. But 1986 Mouton Rothschild demanded it. In fact, it continued improving in the glass for the next few hours. Even though the wine is 26 years old, another 5-10 years is required before it begins to show its best. 97 Points

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This is a huge, giant of a wine. There is so much fruit packed into this wine, the bottle seemed to be bulging and the seams straining to hold all the ripe cassis, black fruit and Asian spice in place. This is an amazing wine demanding at least another 15/20 years in the bottle. This might be the most concentrated Bordeaux I have ever experienced. Unfortunately, it remained for the most part tight. A long decant is the way to go for those lacking patience. 98 Points

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1986 Mouton Rothschild remains an adolescent. That is quite an accomplishment for a wine that is approaching 25 years of age! Asian spice, tobacco, cigar box, cedar, smoke, black cherry and cassis, This special wine is packed and stacked with dense, powerful, layers of exotic fruit. But it remains almost primary. There is a lot to like about this expression of Bordeaux wine, but it requires another 5-10 years before it finally opens up to reveal its magic 97 Pts

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Tightly wound, but with coaxing, begging and pleading, along with long decanting, black currant, Asian Spice, Cuban cigar, minerality, leather and soy could be found. Packed and stacked with spicy, dark fruit, round, firm tannins and opulent textures, this exotic, sublime requires until at least 2020 before opening. 98 Points

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1985 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 93

fully mature, the wine is medium/full bodied, with a fresh, sweet, cassis, cherry, tobacco, spice and green leafy profile. Soft, polished and deceptively easy to drink, there is no reason not to be drinking your bottles, as this is not going to get better from here. 93 Points

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Not as deep as I recalled the last time I tasted a bottle. Elegant and refined, with tobacco, cigar box, cedar, cherry and cassis, this is very classy and refined. This is a perfect example of what writers in the 1980's called a wine with breeding. That term, and soon this wine, will have both faded away. The term is already gone, and if you continue waiting, the same thing will happen to this wine. You don't have to finish your bottles today, but there is no reason to wait either. 93 Points

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Fully mature, with charm and style, this medium bodied Pauillac serves up a soft, cassis and tobacco in every sip. There is no reason to age this further. 93 Points

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If you want to taste a great example of a charming Bordeaux wine, this is it! The fruit is sweet, soft and fresh, with plenty of ripe, red berries and spice. Medium bodied, elegant and fully mature, this classy wine is drinking perfectly today. It does not need more than a short, splash decant to display its ample charming personality. 93 Points

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This Pauillac opens with smoke, toffee, earth, cassis, incense, coffee and Kirsch. In the mouth, it's rich, full bodied and finishes with a regal character and charm coupled with a juicy mouthful of cassis and blackberries. This is probably full mature. 94 Points

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Spicy, oaky, coffee and cassis notes in the perfume. Full bodied with a lush display of black fruits on the palate. Great texture and finished with cassis and blackberry tones. Close to maturity. 93 Points

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1984 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 88

Much better than anticipated, this is a nice Mouton, albeit light and quite green in character with its lean to herbs, forest leaf, cedar and mint. The red fruit is dosed in tobacco leaf in the finish. Probably better 10 years ago, OK, make that 20, if you have a bottle, there is no reason to wait as this is only going to fade with age. 88 Points

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1983 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 89

For a First Growth, the elements just don’t quite mesh together. The color was light, with bricking at the edge. Coffee and cassis on the nose. The fruit was decent, the wine had some depth, but it lacked excitement and complexity. 89 Points

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Better on the nose instead of the palate. This wine offered some pleasure, but, it lacked the depth and concentration needed to keep it together. It seemed disjointed and slightly austere in style. 89 Points

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1982 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 100

As this is now in its prime time drinking window, well-stored examples of this nectar should begin to escalate in price. And for good reason. Texturally, this opulent, showy, supple, lush wine, which manages to harness an incredible depth of fruit feels just great as it rests on your palate. The finish crosses the sixty-second mark with ease. I suspect well-stored bottles will be even better with another 5 years or so and should remain at their extraordinary level for at least another 2 - 3 decades after that. 100 Points

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I am more than fortunate to be able to taste this gem just about once a year, which allows me to watch its growth over a few decades. Like all great wines, it keeps getting better and better. Opulent, rich, full-bodied, intensely concentrated, flamboyant and attention-seeking, you know this is sublime from the initial whiff. Asian spice, cigar box, smoke, tobacco leaf, red currants, cedar and forest floor aromatics view for your attention. On the palate, the show really gets going. Texturally, this is stunning, there is no other Left Bank wine that feels quite like this. The finish takes off and doesn't let go. This is showing just great today. Yes, it could get a bit better, but you do not need to wait. 99 Points

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An exotic elixir that offers intensity concentration, lush, opulent textures and a cornucopia of spice and mint that highlights the layers of perfectly ripe, dark, sweet, fresh, red fruits. The mouthfeel is just great here which exacerbates the finish. 98 Points

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Absolutely stunning in every way, the wine was showy, opulent, and flamboyant. The nose offered exotic spices, fruits, tobacco and dark red fruits and the finish just felt great, from start to finish. The bottle was decanted perhaps 3 hours in advance. 100 Points

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This is such a show stopping winner of a wine, and it is remarkable consistent. The opulent texture, blended with concentrated power, exotic, spicy aromatics and finish that continues more than 60 seconds lets you know, this wine means business. 99 Points

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Another rockstar showing for this stunner. Youthful, yet expressing c cedar, lead pencil, cassis and an array of exotic spices, the wine packs a punch with its power and concentration. With 2 hours of air, the wine was just great. 98 Points

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Still young in color, with a complex nose of Asian spice, sandalwood, incense, smoke, caramel and fresh herbs essence, you know you’re in for a special treat. And the gorgeous bouquet is only the beginning. Concentrated, powerful, balanced and complex, the wine delivers an opulent, exotic, fruit and spice filled sensation that builds and expands in the finish that clearly exceeds 60 seconds! What is even more amazing about this wine is that it’s still young and as good as it is, it’s only going to get better. Future generations of wine lovers that are going to be around in 2082 will still be waxing eloquently about this wine when it’s one hundred years old! 100 Points

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This was a beautiful bottle. With wines more than 30 years of age, each bottle is going to be a different experience. This was a stunner. 3 hours of decanting produced a nose of flowers, tobacco, cedar, cassis, blackberry, spice and cigar box notes. Full bodied, rich and concentrated, there was an elegance to the regal bearing that really showed up. At almost 35 years of age, this can still age and improve. 100 Points

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Perhaps 1961, 1959 or 1945 was like this, while in its way to maturity. This wine offered every quality shared by all great wines. Deep in color, the wine looked at least 20 years younger than its true age. Exotic aromatics of 5 spice, Cuban Cigars, tobacco, smoke, Asian spice, cloves and black cherry liqueur were all over the place. The wine coats your palate and stains your teeth with all its sweet, ripe fruit. Concentrated, almost dense, the texture delivers a unique, exotic quality. This is stunning now, and will be even better in 5-10 or more years! 100 Points

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With about 3 hours of air, the wine blossomed in every way. The exotic, Asian spiced perfume, the concentrated, lush, mouth filling, silky, erotic textures and long, expansive finish that keeps going is frankly, compelling. Drink this stunner now, or age it for 1-2-3 more decades. Either way, this is a beauty! 99 Points

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Rich opulent, exotic, silky, pure, intense and long, with a nose to die for, this is really starting to come into prime time drinking. Drink this stunner now, or will it to your grandchildren. 100 Points

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There are times when you know a wine is off the charts from the first sniff, swirl and sip. This was one of those bottles. Youthful in appearance, the nose exploded with floral, coffee bean, truffle, tobacco, cassis and spice. Incredibly dense, the wine coats your palate with pure, liquid pleasure and remains on your palate for at least 60 seconds! 100 Points

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When an older bottle of Bordeaux is on, it's on and there is nothing like it. From a perfectly stored bottle, pungent aromas of cedar wood, tobacco, forest floor, leather and exotic spices come through loud and clear. Powerful, yet refined, the tannins are silk and the finish goes on and on, leaving with fresh, ripe fruits that linger. 100 Points

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I've had this wine so many times lately, I should be embarrassed. It's one of the top Left Bank wines from 1982 in Bordeaux, rivaled only by Latour. At 31 years of age, this is still young, yet there is a lot to gained by experiencing the wine. The bouquet, with its smoke, truffle, liqueur, tobacco, cigar box, cassis, blackberry and spice notes are almost worth the price of admission. On the palate, the wine coats your taste receptors with opulently textured ripe berries. There is an exotic sensation to the texture, flavor and fruit that is not sensed in other wines. Truly, this is what great wine is all about. 100 Points

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Seldom has this magic elixir ever been anything but majestic. It's exotic, erotic, spicy, powerful, rich, long, intense and at 30, still young. I am sure this is a 100 year wine. If you're planning on popping a bottle, do not over decant it. Give it up to 2 hours and allow it to develop in the glass. 99 Points

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It's not often you get to compare 1982 Mouton Rothschild with 1982 Latour, but there they were, in the same, amazing flight! The Mouton, with its flamboyant, opulent style was the showier of the pair, but it was not quite at the same level. Still, the stunning nose of Asian spice, smoke, earth, black cherry, forest floor, cigar box and coffee bean grabbed your attention. Rich, powerful and packed with layers of sweet, deep, ripe, juicy dark berries, the wine ended with a long wave of black cherries and spice. Still young, another decade will add a lot to the wine. 99 Points

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Still young at 31 years of age, as hard as it is to believe, this stunning wine will benefit from another decade of age! With a nose packed with cedar wood, wet forest floor, coffee bean, blackberries, cassis, incense, earth, tobacco, stone and spice, with air, the wine takes on elements of 5 Spice further complicating the nose. Powerful, full bodied, deep, concentrated, long and intense, the is a perfect example of elegance coupled with muscle, ending in pure silk and velvet, in other words, a text book Pauillac, on the exotic side. 99 Points

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I've been fortunate to have tasted this a few times a year for the past decade. While some bottles show better than others, all thewell-stored bottles share a common trait. At 30 years of age, the wine is still young! 1982 Mouton Rothschild continues to evolve at a glacial pace. I'm not sure this has budged over the past several years. With an hour or two of air and some coaxing, this massive, full bodied, powerful, concentrated, deep wine give up smoke, truffle, Asian spice, cassis, earth, tobacco, blackberry, coffee and gravel in the perfume. There is not a single hard edge to be found in this stunning Pauillac. If you have patience, another 5-10 years in the cellar should add a lot to this 100 year wine. 99 Points

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This is the second time I was able to taste this wine in almost as many weeks. Asian spice, coffee, incense, oak, mint, cassis, cedar wood, fresh blackberries, lead pencil and coconut aromatics meshed together to produce an exotic perfume. Massive, palate staining, incredible levels of concentration are the hallmarks of this wine. Everything is in balance and harmony in this majestic Pauillac. The opulent, multi layered, pure finish lasts for at least 60 seconds. 98 Points

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It's hard to believe this wine is closing in on it's 30'th birthday and it's still young, vibrant and fresh. It's so youthful, it could easily be mistaken for a wine half its age in a blind tasting! Deep in color, with spice box, cassis, blackberry, coffee, earth, tobacco, truffle, cedar chest and forest floor scents, the wine is amazingly powerful and intense. With textures of exotic silk, this rich, opulent, flashy wine could use another decade of bottle age before it really begins to open up and show why it's considered such a legendary Bordeaux wine. 98 Points

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This is a huge, massive, concentrated wine. Still opaque in color, this looks and tastes like a 10 year old wine. But, it is easy to see how much wine is in this wine. Layer after layer of dense, ripe fruit cascades over your palate. The complexity in the flavors and the finesse of the tannins are a pleasure. It’s a wine that requires drinking over an entire evening to enjoy it’s evolution. Over the few hours it was opened, it kept getting better and more complex! The finish stays in your palate for a full sixty seconds. It remains in your memory even longer. 99 Points

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Copious amounts of exotic, Asian spice, coffee, earth, cassis, tobacco, truffle and cedar make up the prefume. This very concentrated Pauillac wine offeres an intense mouth presence. This is think, rich and decadent. This Bordeaux wine has so much depth, you could eat it with a spoon. In the palate, incredible waves of opulent, sweet, ripe fruit fill every nook and cranny of your senses. The seamless finish lasts over one minute! Possibly, because this bottle had not been moved from the Chateau since release, this was an off the charts tasting experience! The wine kept improving in the glass over the multi hour lunch at Chateau Mouton Rothschld. 98 Points

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Even with 6 hours of decanting, this did not fully open up. Flashes of exotic brilliance could be seen with coaxing. This wine enjoys immense levels of concentration seldom seen in Bordeaux. Tobacco, cedar, cassis, coffee and exotic Asian spices are so inviting. When this comes around, this will be one of life’s great tasting experiences. 98 Points

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People often complain about Mouton and its First Growth status. The 82 will turn any doubter into a believer. This immense, opulent, Asian spiced exotic wine is so rich, powerful and spicy, it should be illegal. Still young, another 10-20 more years of bottle age will turn this into a legend. 99 Points

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The wine had color that was as black as ink. Cedar wood, meshed with an exotic spice box note, fresh brewed coffee, licorice and lead pencil notes were all on full display. Very tannic. Huge, dense, corpulent, concentrated layers of fruit took over your palate. This is so concentrated, you could eat it. Some bottles have been more opulent, but this was more concentrated, and backwards. A stunning wine! However, another decade or more of cellaring is warranted. This will probably be drinking well on its 100th birthday. 100 Points

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This is a huge, ostentatious wine. It also demands another 5-10 years of cellaring. This wine has so much potential it's scary! The color was dark, almost opaque. The aromatics which needed much swirling to ferret them out featured exotic spices and a coffee note along with cassis and truffle. The perfume was one of the most complex fragrances offered in any wine I can recall. On the palate the flavors were also rich, deep and intense. The wine had so much weight, it could be described as dense, ending with a fat, opulent, weighty finish that didn't quit. This should begin running on all cylinders around 2015 and last for at least another 30 more years. 99 Points

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1981 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 88

Mouton Rothschild light, with more brick than red in the color. Medium bodied, with a brightness to the red berries and cranberry fruits that are accompanied by spicebox, cedar, lead pencil, forest floor and tobacco notes. There is charm without a lot of depth and with the higher levels of acidity creeping in, the wine is on the fading side of life. If you have a few bottles, you should be popping a cork sooner than later on this as it is not going to get better from here. 88 Points

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1979 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 88

High tones, medium/full bodied, with more interesting things going on in the nose, with its spice filled, tobacco, cedar, red plum, smoke and leafy aromatics than on the crisp, red berry, sweet and tart palate. No decanting needed, this requires drinking as the fruit is already in a slow state of decline. 88 Points

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1978 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 89

Much better on the tobacco, cedar, cigar box, forest floor, leaf, spice and cherry pipe tobacco nose, than on the medium bodied, sightly green, bright, tart and sweet, cherry/cranberry, dusty palate. This is not a wine to hold for further development. 89 Points

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1975 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 87

The best part of the wine is the Andy Warhol designed label. Dusty, lean, green and seemingly to have rapidly dropped its remaining fruit, this austere, cranberry and cassis filled, medium-bodied wine is for a First Growth, that sells for a lot of money, frankly not all that interesting. 87 Points

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Tough, rustic, tannic and hard, this is much better on the nose with its tobacco, cigar box, cedar, forest floor and spicy cassis filled aromas. With more tannin than fruit, this was not a lot of fun to taste. 88 Points

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1971 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 88

Fully mature, the wine is not entirely secondary, but it's on the way. The cedar wood, tobacco, cigar box, smoke, wet earth, spice, herb and forest floor notes are stronger than the red fruits that remain. There is some length, but that too is starting to fade. Charming for its age, this is not a wine for further cellaring as its best days were clearly yesterday. Pop and pour, decanting would hurt and not help this wine. 88 Points

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1970 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 84

Tough, hard, dry, tannic and austere in style, the nose is much better, with its mature, secondary aromatics than the palate, which is where the wine falls apart. Drink up. This is never going to get better. 84 Points

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If you’re a fan of old wines, lacking fruit, bristling with his acidity, austere style and lots of earthy, tobacco notes, this is for you. Else, I’d pass on this wine. It continues to decline. 82 Points

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Fully mature, the cassis and coffee scented wine offers a nice, but simple, brawny, old school mouth of Cabernet. There is no reason to hold this wine as it will not improve. 89 Points

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1966 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 89

Not much fruit remaining here. The nose and palate are more focused on the tobacco, earthy, smoke and wet forest side of the style range. There is a rustic leaning to the tannins as well. This is past its prime and requires drinking sooner than later. 89 Points

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Produced when Bordeaux was in the middle of its missing decade, or decade and a half, depending on your point of view, the aroma was much more interesting than the palate, with its cedar chest, cassis, leaf, earth, cigar box and cassis, fully mature, with some rusticity to the tannins and touch of green in the finish, this requires consumption. 90 Points

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1962 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 92

I’ve wanted to taste the wine for years, especially after the stunning bottle of 1962 Latour tasted last year. How would it measure up, against that giant? It was close, but… Light in color, the nose delivered cigar box, sweet jammy berries, spice, forest floor and cherry notes. Medium/full bodied, the fruit, while exotic in texture was starting to fade. Still, it was quite nice for a 51 year old wine. That being said, I would not hold it any longer. 92 Points

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Cassis, cedar, cigar ash, lead pencil, mint and hints of rich, ripe, black cherry and leather make up the complex perfume. The wine is concentrated and powerful. In the finish it shows an austere, steely, traditional personality with a minor hint of greenness in the finish. 92 Points

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1961 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 99

I cannot believe I was lucky enough to taste this two years in a row! Each bottle has consistently shown incredibly well. Concentrated, full-bodied, deep, and intense, there is still plenty of power here, along with a nose packed with mint leaves, tobacco, Asian spice, wet earth, cigar smoke, and red currants. Texturally, there is a flamboyant edge to the red fruits that you cannot seem to get enough of. This is clearly what great wine is all about! 99 Points

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Clearly one of the great wines of my life, this is stunning in every sense of the word. The nose, with its array of spices, mint, tobacco leaf, cherry currant, cedar and forest floor lets you know this is special. But the star of the show is the flamboyant, opulent, lush palate that delivers waves of spicy, earthy, dark and bright red fruits that do not know when to quit. The wine is effortless to drink. Fully mature, this is a thrill a sip bottle. 100 Points

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This is why you lay down the best wines. This is surreal. It is hard to decide where to start. Is it the nose, with its Asian spice, mint, cedar, Cuban cigar, ashtray or cassis scents? Or do you focus on the incredible depth of flavor, layers of fruit, ripe, flamboyant, showy textures, or is it the length that exceeds 60 seconds? Clearly a candidate for wine of the wine, this is what great aged Bordeaux is all about. 100 Points

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Each time I taste one of the great 1961 Bordeaux wines, I always think it could be the last time I am able to savor one of these historic beauties. There is so much power and concentration here, the wine feels weighty and intense. The nose is haunting with its tines of mint, tobacco, cigar wrapper, (Cuban of course) thyme, leaf and spice accents. The fruit has an earthyness that really comes through, and the finish just lingers on your palate. 100 Points

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Does the term heart-stopping express my thoughts on this stunning bottle of wine? Seamless, flawless and utterly compelling, this is what great wine is all about. With a nose they should bottle, due to its cassis, cherry, Asian spice, tobacco and Cuban cigar aromatics, the wine offers depth, length, concentration of flavor and complexity that has to be tasted to be believed. The finish, with its opulent, flamboyant style exceeds 60 seconds. 100 Points

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Still dark in color, the impossible to forget aromatics were filled with Asian spice, truffle, cigar box, cedar wood, fresh strawberry jam, incense, coffee and mint. Packed with layers of sweet, rich, intense, pure, exotic spices and fruit, with plush, opulent, sexy textures, the wine remains on your palate for more than 60 seconds! 100 Points

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OMG... That's short for "Oh My God", if you're not used to reading my notes. This exotic, erotic, kinky wine knocks you out with its Asian spice, tobacco leaf, cassis, spice, coffee bean, cigar ash, black cherry liqueur infused perfume. Dense, thick and concentrated with ripe, pure fruit, the wine coats our mouth, palate and senses with flavor and layers of opulent textures that only the patina of age can deliver. This is about as good as a wine can get. What a treat. And the scary thing is, well stored examples can continue to develop additional levels of complexity. There are wines you taste, and wines you remember tasting, where you were when you tasted it, and who you tasted the wine with. I will not forget the entire experience of this stunning wine. 99 Points

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OMFG! This was a perfect bottle of this amazing nectar. No one at the table thought it was older than 82. Dark in color with mind-blowing aromatics filled with ripe black fruit, cedar, coffee and earthy aromas. On the palate, layers of decadent fruit took over your senses, remaining there for well over a minute. This was so concentrated, it seemed surreal. This not yet fully mature legend was one of the better bottles of wine I have ever tasted. I am patiently waiting, hoping and praying my 82 and 86 turn out this good 99 Points

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1959 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 99

Cigar box, mint, lead pencil, cedar, forest floor, leafy herbs, Asian spice, and currants are all over the place. Full, rich, opulent, spicy and long, the wine finishes with lingering, elegant, soft layers of tobacco and red pit fruits. 99 Points

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Packed with licorice, smoke, cedar chest, mint, truffle, ash, blackberry, wet earth, cocoa and 5 spice aromas that proved to be an intoxicating blend of scents, every taster at the table was hooked. But it was the exotic, silky, rich textures, incredible length, persistence of flavor and expansiveness on the palate that sealed the deal. 99 Points

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1955 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 97

Still dark in color, the impossible to forget aromatics were filled with Asian spice, truffle, cigar box, cedar wood, fresh strawberry jam, incense, coffee and mint. Packed with layers of sweet, rich, intense, pure, exotic spices and fruit, with plush, opulent, sexy textures, the wine remains on your palate for more than 60 seconds! 97 Points

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Tasting from bottles that are close to 6 decades old are often fraught with disappointment. Think about it. That's a long time for most wines to live in a bottle. But when the bottle delivers as promised, that is the experience wine lovers who cellar select bottles for years covet. This example of 1955 Mouton Rothschild delivered what was needed, and then some. Coffee, cedar chest, earth, truffle, Cuban cigar smoke, Asian spice, cassis and forest floor aromas kicked off the exotic fireworks. Plush, with the patina of age, this sensuous, round, concentrated wine offered a finish that must have remained on my palate for at least 60 seconds. I'll never know what 1982 or 1986, let alone later vintages of Mouton will taste like at 60 years of age, but I imagine they will be even better. 97 Points

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1953 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 95

Opulent, exotic and drenched in silk and velvet, this rich, spicy, elegant wine wine delivers flavors and mouth sensations that need to be experienced to be believed. 95 Points

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1950 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 90

Not a fully correct bottle, the aromatics were off. The show took place on the exotically textured palate that blended Asian spices, tobacco leaf and red fruits. There is no reason to age this any longer, if you are lucky enough to be sitting on a bottle. 90 Points

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1945 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 100

This amazing Bordeaux was light garnet with brick and deep amber hues in color. This wine could open its own perfume shop with its intense bouquet. Leather, soy, Asian spice, wood, truffle, cassis, cigar and incense filled your glass, olfactory senses and the room. The patina of age gave this wine an unbelievable texture. The fruit displayed an incredible silky, velvet richness on your palate. The opulent, flamboyant, decadent sensations that drenched your palate would excite the most jaded wine lover. The long, complex, seamless finish flowed over every inch of your mouth. I would never have thought this wine was 64 years old. In fact, I hope I'm in that good a shape and that someone will still need me and feed me, "When I'm 64". Part of the reason the wine is so concentrated is, it was produced from incredibly low yields of 10 hectoliters per hectare. Also, much of the wine came from the estates oldest vines, as the vineyards were allowed to lapse during the war. Not much wine was made. In fact, the production was only slightly more than 6,000 cases, 1475 magnums and 24 jeroboams. 100 Points

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1937 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 92

Pale ruby tea in color, this was completely charming. Light in color, density and fruit, absolutely. But it was hard to resist the smoky, cherry pipe tobacco, forest leaf, spice, and sweet, cherry nose. The wine felt soft, graceful and polished with the patina of age that comes from 8 decades of cellaring. 92 Points

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1929 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 97

In the glass, it resembles golden rubies. Truffles, cedar, tobacco, wet earth, soy, cigar store, fresh picked cherries, mint and smoke aromatics popped from the glass. This deep wine majors in decadence and minors in hedonism. Or is it the other way around? The texture melds opulence with lush, sensuous sensations that coats your palate with silk and a mélange of velvety ripe cherries.. If 28 is the ancient version of 86, the 29 has to be the mature example of 82! I loved this decadent treat which got better in the glass. 97 Points

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A perfect expression of my favorite old vintage of Bordeaux. I have high hopes 82, 90, 00 & the best 03 will be this good when they 80 years. This wine showed why Bordeaux is the worlds most collectible wine while offering a perfect illustration on why we need to allow our wines to reach maturity. The palate was liquid silk and velvet that was painted with patina of history which added incredible layers of aged richness to the experience. Old, mature lushness is much more sensuous than anything offered by younger wines. Decanting cannot offer this. Only decades in the bottle allow the best wines to reach this pinnacle. Aromatically, the wine is also off the charts. Incredible levels of exotic, Asian spice, soy, leather, coffee and the best white truffles say hello to your nose and keep on talking. The 80 year old finish is an orgasmic experience. 98 Points

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1928 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 94

Smoke, tobacco, tart red berries, cigar wrapper, cedar and coffee notes permeate the perfume. The wine is medium bodied, soft and earthy with a strong tobacco and ash component to the spicy red fruits. This was a very good wine, but I suspect, there are better bottles out there. 94 Points

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Sporting a color as dark as many 60’s wines, this was impressive as it was poured from the bottle! Coffee, mint, forest floor, fresh herbs, tobacco, ash and black fruit said hello to your nose. In the mouth, you were treated to powerful sensations of steely black fruit. The wines personality remained powerful, brawny and austere. This is a masculine style of wine that my guess is, is a harbinger of the 1986. I liked the wine on the nose better than on the palate. 87 Points

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1925 Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac) 87

Very light red in color, Asian spice, truffles, tobacco, leather and caramel scents were easy to find. Elegant, opulent, soft and refined on the palate. This rhubarb flavored wine came with an intriguing sensation of cold steel. Slightly short in the finish with hints of red fruit and citrus, this was a very nice wine and treat because it will probably be the last time I experience a wine from 1925. 87 Points

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