2015 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac (3L) (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Mouton-Rothschild is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc matured entirely in new oak, as usual. This represents a relatively high percentage of Merlot simply because, as winemaker Philippe Dhalluin told me, that quality was so good. I afforded my sample four to five minutes to open as it was a little reduced at first, but eventually it reveals a gorgeous, extraordinarily intense bouquet of blackberry, cassis, incense and cold slate aromas. In some ways it reminds me of Latour as much as Mouton Rothschild. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte tannin, perfectly pitched acidity, wonderful tension and impressive length. There is a strong graphite theme running through from start to finish that is little grainy and so it will require preferably a decade in cellar. But what freshness and panache here, a classic Mouton-Rothschild that will live for 50 or 60 years, not a million miles away from say, the 1986 or 2010. Expect this to settle at the top of my banded score once in bottle. (NM)
Very racy and refined with super polished tannins and focused dark fruits. Blackberry, orange peel, and black currants. Full. Very long and thought-provoking. A wine that delivers power and finesse. Juicy and fresh.
Mouton Rothschild's 2015 is a wine built on finesse rather than power alone. Raspberry jam, spice, rose petal, pomegranate and blood orange make a very positive first impression. The 2015 is rich and intense on the palate, but never heavy. In 2015, harvest stretched from September 14 to October 2, a few days longer than normal. The blend, which was put together just before this tasting in late January 2016, is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. (AG)