2013 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)
Barrel Sample. This is a powerful and dense wine, with ripe and rich berry fruit notes. It’s balanced, showing strong tannins in harmony with concentrated fruit. It is rich, generous in texture and sure to age well.
Shows solid flesh from the start, with plum paste notes that belie the vintage, bolstered by dark currant, crushed cherry and raspberry coulis flavors. Offers lots of anise and juniper hints through the finish, accented by an echo of licorice snap. Delivers impressive range and depth. Pure. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Tasted non-blind.
Very aromatic and fresh with floral, currant and cherry. Full to medium body, with fine tannins and a bright, fruity finish. I like the way it builds on the palate at the end. Salty too.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(89% cabernet sauvignon, 7% merlot and 4% cabernet franc): Dark red-ruby. Raspberry and blackberry aromas are complicated by floral red cherry and cocoa on the nose. Compellingly sweet and vibrant in the mouth, with a chewy underlying mineral character giving shape to the ripe red cherry flavors. Finishes pure and very long, with unusual depth of fruit and ripeness of tannins for the year. One of the very few 2013s that I think has the structure and the balance to age gracefully beyond 15 years. A beautifully made wine, Mouton is my choice for best Left Bank first growth of the year.
Firm yet nicely integrated tannins form the backbone of the 2013 Mouton-Rothschild, giving the wine much of its energy and focus. Violets, lavender and menthol add nuance to the dark blue/purplish fruit. Mouton is one of the few Left Bank 2013s with dark tonalities of fruit, but the mid-weight structure is very much that of the vintage.