Peter Maude Fine Wines

2023, Château Mouton-Rothschild, PAUILLAC, 1er Grand Cru Classé

$686 ex. GST
$788.90 inc. GST
Estimated full landed price – $836.40

Last Year EP $1140.00-

Originally classified as a second growth, Mouton made some of the greatest red Bordeaux wines ever in the period after the end of the Second World War and was finally upgraded to First Growth in 1973. Every year since the 1940s a different artist has decorated the label. Grapes are now selected only from the core original vineyard site and the wine is always a classic example of both Cabernet Sauvignon and Pauillac. This great first growth combines the strength and power of Latour with the polish and charm of Lafite and the unmistakable Mouton notes of cigar box, spice and cassis.? Farr Vintners, London.

The 2023 vintage is made from 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot. The Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot all went into the second wine. 

High Cabernet, and the grape is dominant not just in blend but character, totally delicious, with tension, flesh, and confidence, building layers of black fruits, graphite, cocoa bean, espresso, pomegranate and smoked earth throughout the palate. When Cabernet works at Mouton, it is hard to beat, and it's on full display in 2023. One of my clear wines of the vintage. Of any vintage.
98-100 Jane Anson.

This is the most structured Mouton since the great 2016, with tannins that start slowly and then take off. It's muscular and toned. It's full-bodied but doesn't come across too heavy. It builds up in intensity and goes on and on and on. It just keeps expanding. I took a double take here.
98-99 James Suckling.

The 2023 Mouton Rothschild is shaping up to be one of the wines of the vintage on the Left Bank. Its balance of intense, super-concentrated fruit and equally imposing structure is spellbinding. Dark red-toned fruit, blood orange, spice, pencil shavings and dried herbs gain intensity in the glass. I especially admire its vertical build and overall energy. This is an exciting young Mouton endowed with palpable dynamic energy.
96-99 Antonio Galloni, Vinous.

The 2023 Mouton Rothschild has an intense, floral bouquet with violet petals infusing the black fruit and touches of liquorice loitering just off stage-very fine delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with extremely refined tannins. Focused and harmonious, it's velvety smooth with a long and tender finish that has more crispness than the 2022. In fact, I might ultimately end up preferring this over the 2022...it will be interesting finding out in the future!
96-98 Neal Martin.

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