Mouton Rothschild 2000
Tasting Notes Mouton Rothschild 2000
Perhaps the most beautiful packaging ever on a Bordeaux bottle, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild literally produced a work of art in the gold-engraved bottle of 2000 Mouton Rothschild. Of course, one can’t drink the glass, but this is a top-flight Mouton Rothschild, eclipsed only by the 2006 and 2009. A rich, tannic, earthy style, with loads of creme de cassis and floral notes, the final blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot is a full-bodied wine with plenty of coffee, earth, chocolatey notes, and still plenty of tannin to resolve. I gave it an anticipated maturity range of 2015-2050 back in 2003, and that looks on target.
The nose is very intense, super ripe and rich, verging on jammy. Notes of leather, spices, and prunes rise out of the glass. Full bodied, soft and beautiful with ripe tannins and a long finish. This is soft and yummy right now, but give this another three or four years in the bottle. Pull the cork in 2014.
Another rather vexing performance of the millennial Mouton. My main complaint is the dominance of oak on the nose that is smothering the sense of terroir and the delineation one would expect. The palate is medium-bodied with good balance, quite cohesive and yet lacking the tension and precision one would have hoped for. It develops some attractive mulberry and plumy notes with time in glass, but it is a First Growth that never really takes off. Tasted February 2011.