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2004 Ch. Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac

Ch. Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac
Often criticised for being somewhat exotic and 'new world' in style, the 2004 Mouton shows pure 'old world' charm. This is possibly because a new winemaker, from Ch. Branaire, has taken over this year. The nose is rich and spicy with lovely ripe Cabernet fruit - the blend comprises 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot - which is a bit more subtle on the palate. Round and velvety with plenty of ripe tannins and great balance, this is more approachable than the other First Growths and is easily as good as Mouton's 2000 and 2002.Château Mouton Rothschild

BBR Parker The Wine Advocate
17.5/20 92/100 93/100
Ch. Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac
It is probably unfair to appraise this wine with more mature siblings. It has a deep garnet core. There is good intensity on the nose with cedar, tobacco, pine forest and blackberry leaf. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, quite masculine and obdurate at the moment with a grainy, austere finish. Moderate length. It needs to muster more charm but I remain cautiously optimistic.
(Neal Martin- The Wine Advocate- February 2011)

BBR Parker The Wine Advocate
17.5/20 92/100 93/100
Ch. Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac
Product: 1068
Maturity: Drink 2015-2040 (Ready, but will improve)
Vintage: 2004
Origin: France » Bordeaux » Pauillac Map of the region
Grape Variety: Cab.Sauvignon Blend
Style: Full Bodied, Dry, 12.5% alcohol
Closure Type: Cork
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BBR Parker The Wine Advocate
17.5/20 92/100 93/100
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Rated 3 out of 5 by 1 reviewer.
Rated 3 out of 5 by First's Place? There's a clue in the critic's reviews already given for this wine: they are hardly overwhelming - one would have to agree. And having tasted this first growth, I do. Initially, this has a clear and crisp bouquet and the wine that follows is really quite harmonious - a very pleasing integration of fruit, softened tannins, alcohol and none-too insistent acidity. But that's it. It is such a mellow wine. It's difficult to pull out any really outstanding feature and it is this lack of assertion that really is its demise. I was fortunate to buy this en primeur when prices weren't quite so crazy. Consequently, there is no great sense of loss at having experienced this at the price I paid. In fact, it has been a revelation to taste a first growth and get an understanding if these premier league wines really are such wonderful things. It is unequivocally a wine of high quality but had I parted with much more money to obtain this I would have been very disappointed. It really is a very very good wine but like-for-like it barely draws alongside some of the well made 2nd, 3rd or even 5th growths from 2009 and 2010 which are available at far more competitive prices and easily better quality. Heresy some might say. Or this just a classic case of the emperor's new clothes? 12 December 2014
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