Mouton Rothschild 1997
Tasting Notes Mouton Rothschild 1997
The appearance is similar to Latour '97 and in fact the nose seems to have more vigour althought the new oak is not so seamlessly melded. Blackberry, a touch of cassis, but the oak sticks out rather. The palate is full-bodied, quite dense with a touch of opulence and showiness about it (well, it is Mouton!) I am not sure about the balance: difficult to discern the fruit intensity under than oak. Leathery finish. Not bad. Drink 2010-2020.Tasted September 2006.
Only 55% of the harvest was utilized for the 1997 Mouton-Rothschild. One of the most forward and developed Moutons over recent years, it possesses all the charm and fleshiness this vintage can provide. A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot, the wine exhibits a dense ruby/purple color, and an open-knit nose of cedar wood, blackberry liqueur, cassis, and coffee. Fleshy, ripe, and mouth-filling, with low acidity, soft tannin, and admirable concentration and length, this delicious Pauillac will be drinkable in 2-3 years, and should age for 15+. It is an impressive effort for this vintage.