1996 Mouton Rothschild- 750 ml
Wine Critic Reviews:
Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 97+ RP
A Mouton of absolutely outstanding perfume, in which the 10% Cabernet Franc really shines cocoa, white pepper, strawberry, simply one of the most aromatically interesting Mouton's ever. The 13% Merlot and only 77% Cabernet Sauvignon in this blend have made for a suppler, more open knit Mouton than usual. Knockout wine. Tasted at the Decanter Fine Wine Encounter Shanghai, November 2015.
Decanter | 97 DEC
Incredible nose of ultraripe fruit, it's yet subtle and complex. Full-bodied, with very ripe, almost sweet fruit and a long, long caressing finish. Superb. This is edging out the 1995.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2010.
Wine Spectator | 96 WS
The 1996 Mouton-Rothschild is the high point of what in retrospect was an inconsistent decade for this First Growth. It has a very attractive, classic Pauillac bouquet: predominantly black fruit laced with cedar, freshly rolled tobacco and light graphite scents. It is not lavish, but tightly controlled. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, though not as fine as recent vintages under Philippe Dhalluin. There is satisfying density and gentle grip toward the finish, which feels fresh and contains enough energy to suggest that it is only just reaching its plateau. Tasted from an ex-château jeroboam at the Palace of Versailles charity dinner.
Vinous Media | 95 VM
The bottle I opened was fabulous on the nose with aromas of currants, cedar, sweet tobacco, incense, and flowers. It was full-bodied, with very fine silky tannins and similar flavors as the aromas. However, a slightly green undertone came thorough on the palate. It didn’t bother me, but the Italians seemed annoyed with it – even disappointed. Regardless, I scored the wine.
James Suckling | 94 JS
Sokolin 1996 Mouton Rothschild Tasting Notes:
Right off the bat, you're greeted by a juicy splash of currant and blackberry, with an almost chewy texture. Spices, tobacco, and sandalwood arrive right after, adding layers of depth and complexity to the wine, and the overall drinking experience. The finish is long, with tasty blueberry and mint aromas leaving a delicious perfume to linger in your mouth. Let yourself experience a classic by acquiring one of these masterpieces.
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|Producer||Mouton: Chateau Mouton Rothschild is the only one of the first growths to have remained in the ownership of the same family since the classification. The wines were best depicted by Ian D'Agata, one of the leading experts in Italian wine, among others, said Mouton is "opulent, luscious and rich, multi-layered and complex… Rich and ripe but marvelously precise and light on its feet." The Chateau Mouton Rothschild estate includes 205 acres of vines at Pauillac planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (77%), Merlot (11%), Cabernet Franc (10%) and Petit Verdot (2%), and it has been used for cultivating vineyards since the early middle ages. The Premier Cru Classe from the Bordeaux region has been the center of the wine business and technical innovations since the early 20th century.|
|Region||Bordeaux: Even among the greatest and most reputable wine regions on the planet, Bordeaux stands above the rest. The winemakers of this region have a single-minded dedication to the fine art of viticulture and their efforts never fail to show. If you consider yourself a fine wine enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to visit Bordeaux - life changing. Whether you wish to drink some inspirational and gripping wine as soon as possible, or you want to add some masterpieces to your collection, no region on Earth is a more obvious choice. The noble and beautiful Garonne and Dordogne rivers surge through southwestern France, enriching the soil in a way very few other places can boast. The limestone-based earth is rich in calcium, and the almost oceanic climate conditions give the staple Bordeaux grape varietals vigor and flavor like nowhere else. For their illustrious reds, Bordeaux winemakers rely on a proven combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Meanwhile, a sip of their excellent white wine hints at the use of Semillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc.Each of these varietals carries a unique identity, making every quality wine a character piece to rival Citizen Kane. It can be incredibly hard to choose only a few wines to collect for your cellar!|
|Type of Wine||Bordeaux Red: Picture in your mind a combination of cedar, lead pencil, blackcurrant, plum and mineral aromatics, and texture that caresses your palate like a playful lover. The experience is thrilling from the first whiff to the final seconds of a tannic, generous finish - that is what you'll get from a Bordeaux Red|
|Varietal||Bordeaux Blend: Since its birth in France, the art of Bordeaux-inspired blends has been brought to regions like California, and Washington, where New World visionaries add their own unique spin to the formula, creating mouth-watering tributes to Bordeaux's viticultural greatness. Today, with a compelling cultural mixture, sampling Bordeaux blends is more excited than ever.|
A pleasant experience for sure, but my specific taste pulls me to the more traditional bottles.My friends were amazed. The wine is luscious and vast and brought out a lot of plump fruit and tobacco colors on the nose, as well as the mouth. The texture is very classy and in every other way, this Mouton is an excellent wine. However, being the traditional Pauillac lover myself, I can't say I didn't miss the exotic touch the other vintages consistently provide. The spice profile I'm so used to was one of the main aspects I appreciated in all of these outstanding wines but didn't exactly get in this one. With that said, it is the new favorite of my friends and a really big, well-balanced and silky wine overall. A pleasant experience for sure, but my specific taste pulls me to the more traditional bottles.
Great, great wine.My partner and I were recommended this wine by a friend and have been holding onto it for a couple of years, saving it for the perfect occasion. So it made it to our tenth anniversary and we can honestly say it was a good thing we didn't waste it on an event any less magical than this. The wine is typically Pauillac in style but has a differently spiced palate than usual with star anise and menthol on the brims. A wonderfully lush and silky feel accompanies the dark and floral character elegantly and had the entire party of people enchanted and amazed. The next bottle we expect will be received glamorously after becoming such a great memory and the added romantic sentiment it now carries for us. Great, great wine.