Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1er Grand Cru Classe, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France 1996
"...sashays out of the glass with lavishly dressed, gregarious crème de cassis, baked blackberries and plum pudding scents plus touches of menthol, fenugreek, star anise and sandalwood with fleeting glimpses at dried rose petals and oolong tea." robertparker.com
|Grape Blend||Cabernet Sauvignon; Cabernet Franc; Merlot|
|Label Quality||Virtually pristine; one bottle (small scuff to front and rear label); one bottle with peeling label|
Château Mouton Rothschild 1996 is drinking beautifully now, with much more promise to come in the bottle. The 1996 Mouton label was designed by Gu Gan, a famous Chinese painter and calligrapher.
Unashamedly gregarious and glamorous with a turbulent history to match, Mouton Rothschild is the antithesis of the restrained demeanour exhibited by other first growths. It has been under the Barons de Rothschild ownership for over 100 years, and it was the unremitting efforts of the flamboyant Baron Philippe de Rothschild that resulted in the château's historical upgrade to premier cru status in 1973 – the only change ever made to the classification of 1855.
Please note: bottle shown is for illustrative purposes only (not actual bottle for sale).
"Deep garnet in color, it sashays out of the glass with lavishly dressed, gregarious crème de cassis, baked blackberries and plum pudding scents plus touches of menthol, fenugreek, star anise and sandalwood with fleeting glimpses at dried rose petals and oolong tea. The full-bodied palate is richly fruited, opulent and oh-so seductive, with bags of youthful black fruit and lovely finely grained tannins, finishing with fantastic freshness and length." robertparker.com
"...a very attractive, classic Pauillac bouquet: predominantly black fruit laced with cedar, freshly rolled tobacco and light graphite scents. It is not lavish, but tightly controlled. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, though not as fine as recent vintages under Philippe Dhalluin. There is satisfying density and gentle grip toward the finish, which feels fresh and contains enough energy to suggest that it is only just reaching its plateau." Neal Martin