Robert Parker 98
The 2019 Mouton Rothschild is the most dramatic of the Medoc first growths, soaring from the glass with aromas of cassis, blackberries and violets mingled with rich aromas of cedar, cigar wrapper, licorice, loamy soil and spices. Full-bodied, layered and multidimensional, it’s deep and powerful, with huge levels of concentration and an ineffably complete, seamless profile, concluding with a long, resonant finish. Plenty of ripe tannin is hidden by its ample core of fruit, and despite its youthful polish, this will require plenty of bottle age to realize all its potential. This blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot tastes in many respects like the 2016 Mouton’s more sun-kissed cousin.
Anticipated maturity: 2035-2065
90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot. 51% of the production. Barrel sample. A powerhouse Mouton, broad-shouldered and built for the long haul. Deep and intense on the nose with marked cassis and spice notes. Ripe, mouth-filling palate, the tannins plentiful and firm and smothered in layers of fruit. Almost opulent but not to the same degree as 2018. Hint of telltale mocha. Finishes fresh and long, the tannic backbone again present. (JL)
Anticipated maturity: 2030-2050
The 2019 Mouton Rothschild is dark, sensual and enveloping. Readers will find a Mouton of notable finesse and class. In this tasting, the Grand Vin comes across as quite restrained, with lifted aromatics and tons of elegance, but also quite a bit in reserve. Time in the glass brings out the wine’s aromatic presence and overall depth.