The 2014 Campaign is moving into full swing far earlier than in previous years with the first First Growth, the much admired Ch Mouton Rothschild. They have been in tip top form of late under the guidance of Philippe Dallhuin since 2003 and the 2014 was much liked by most critics.
This captures the pure, distilled essence of Cabernet Sauvignon, with a racy core of red and black currant fruit that almost struts alone, but there’s ample roasted apple wood and iron deeply buried in the background, which should emerge with time. The finish has terrific delineation, with a mouthwatering edge despite clearly abundant tannins. The focus on purity in this wine is what’s most impressive over the last several vintages.
Score: 95-98. Wine Spectator
This is incredibly minerally with a maritime character as well as red iodine, algae, currants and great intensity. Some saltiness. Almost like a pearl in an oyster shell. This is a true wine of the soil for Mouton. Full body, racy tannins and lingering. Excellent. Unique. 81% cabernet sauvignon, 16% merlot and 4% cabernet franc.
Score: 96-97 James Suckling March 2015
Dark and enveloping to the core, the 2014 Mouton Rothschild opens with beguiling scents of violet, new leather, dark spice and plum. There is plenty of tannin lurking beneath, but the overall impression is of fleshiness and seamlessness, with the 100% new oak also beautifully balanced for such a young wine. Layers of flavor build to the effortless, concentrated finish in a sexy Mouton that is likely to reward consumers with many years of fine drinking. I very much like the sense of balance here.
Score: 93-96 Antonio Galloni, vinousmedia.com, April 2015
Explosively floral nose – the usual exotic Mouton fruit underlined by very ripe 16% Merlot. The classic ‘iron fist in a velvet glove’, with ripe tannins and marvellous structure. Its true qualities will need time to show. Drink: 2022-2045.
Score: 95+ Decanter Magazine, April 2015