Mouton Rothschild 2009
Tasting Notes Mouton Rothschild 2009
The 2009 Mouton Rothschild has a striking label from Anish Kapoor. The wine is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Merlot that begs comparison as a young wine with what the 1982 tasted like in 1985 or, I suspect, what the 1959 may have tasted like in 1962. Representing 50% of their production, the wine has an inky purple color to the rim and not terribly high alcohol for a 2009 (13.2%), but that is reflected by the high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a remarkable nose of lead pencil shavings, violets, creme de cassis and subtle barrique smells. It is stunningly opulent, fat, and super-concentrated, but the luxurious fruit tends to conceal some rather formidable tannins in the finish. This is an amazing wine that will be slightly more drinkable at an earlier age than I thought from barrel, but capable of lasting 50 or more years. Kudos to the Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and the entire Mouton team, lead by Monsieur Dalhuin.
The pureness of fruit in this on the nose is phenomenal, with crushed currants and cassis. It's deep, so deep. Also some foie gras. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and an insanely decadent finish, with meat, game and dark fruits. Goes on for minutes. Decadent and turns to dark fruits cassis and licorice. Warm and voluptuous wine. 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Merlot. Try in 2020.
Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Mouton '09 is more showy and decadent on the nose with more glycerine and prominent use of new oak. It does not have the delineation of the following two wines: perhaps slightly more New World in style (not intended pejoratively.) The palate is medium-bodied with succulent tannins. There is a thread of citrus freshness that neatly counterbalanced the lush macerated black fruit, whilst the finish is comparatively opulent and generous. Lovely... I suspected this actually might be its neighbour, Pontet-Canet! Tasted January 2013.