June 16th 2016
Ch Mouton Rothschild was released this morning at £2,130 per 6 IB. Allocations of this great wine are limited to previous buyers and those who sent us a Bordeaux 2015 wish list at this stage, but please let us know if it is of interest as we are working hard with our contacts on Bordeaux trying to buy a few extra cases.
Ch Mouton Rothschild has been much quoted by the critics as a star performer of the vintage.
“Expect this to settle at the top of my banded Score once in bottle.” 97-99 Neal Martin
“My joint top wine of the vintage… Mouton at a new peak ” 98 Decanter
“Very majestic nose… Very fine. Very exciting.” 19 Jancis Robinson MW
The 2015 has the potential to become a truly recognised Mouton in future years. Its value within the 1st growth category continues, making it an extremely attractive en primeur purchase.
Ch Mouton Rothschild 1er Grand Cru Classé Pauillac 2015
£2,130 per 6 bottles IB
A striking Cabernet based wine (82%) with 16% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, this delicious 2015 shows why Mouton is the hot ticket right now. Striking smoky black fruit aromas, this is full of chocolate, liquorice and dark currants in the palate. The lively freshness in the mid-palate supports the layered cassis flavours to give length and true appeal. Drink 2021-2038. Goedhuis, Score: 94-96
I afforded my sample four to five minutes to open as it was a little reduced at first, but eventually it reveals a gorgeous, extraordinarily intense bouquet of blackberry, cassis, incense and cold slate aromas. In some ways it reminds me of Latour as much as Mouton Rothschild. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte tannin, perfectly pitched acidity, wonderful tension and impressive length. There is a strong graphite theme running through from start to finish that is little grainy and so it will require preferably a decade in cellar. But what freshness and panache here, a classic Mouton-Rothschild that will live for 50 or 60 years, not a million miles away from say, the 1986 or 2010. Expect this to settle at the top of my banded Score once in bottle. Neal Martin, Score: 97-99
Very majestic nose. Obviously first-growth quality. Savoury and plush in terms of texture. Restrained without being a wimp. Lovely scent. Dry finish but with some of Mouton’s opulence before then. Very fine. Very exciting. Some saline sap as well as all the ripe fruit. Drink 2025-2045 Jancis Robinson, Score: 19
My joint top wine (with Ch Margaux) of the vintage. A real firework display but still controlled. Very rich on the palate: broad yet silky, earthy yet so refined. This is Mouton at a new peak and it’s hard to imagine a better balance of elegance and power. Decanter, Score: 98
With almost exactly the same blend as last year’s wine you couldn’t have two more polar opposite flavours. Dark, chocolaty, luxurious and indulgent this is a forward, alluring Mouton with flamboyance and exoticism in equal measure. I love the daring fruit and stunning concentration even though this is not a particularly tannic or weighty wine. Stunning and very attractive, I cannot take my eyes off this wine and it will amaze drinkers from a fairly early age for a quarter of a decade. Matthew Jukes, Score: 18.5+