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1988 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac

SKU #950189 93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark There's licorice here along with mint, some lead pencil and flowers. It's full and round displaying wonderful vanilla and plum flavors. Very silky and refined yet dense and caressing. A beauty, though it does turn a little dry, always revealing its wood. Inner quote mark (11/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Very pretty aromas of vanilla, tobacco, berry and chocolate. Medium- to full-bodied, with soft tannins and a berry, chocolate finish. Not very dense. This pales compared with the other top Pauillacs. I never thought this was a perfect wine, but it gives great pleasure. (JS, Web-2009) Inner quote mark

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Nuanced ruby colour. Dense, spicy, exotic nose with definite ingredient X. Not rich but very pure and very Mouton with its grace notes of warm flint stones. Long and nuanced. Really appetising and aristocratic. (JR) 18.5/20 Inner quote mark (5/2018)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 1988 Mouton has an attractive aroma of exotic spices, minerals, coffee, black currants, and sweet oak. Much like the 1989, the bouquet is staggering, but the flavors are distinctly less profound. In the mouth, it is a much firmer, tougher, more obviously tannic wine than the 1989, with medium body and outstanding ripeness. A beautifully made 1988 that will last 20-25 years, its short finish keeps it from being sublime. The 1988 is somewhat reminiscent of the 1985, but with more tannin. (RP) Inner quote mark (12/1997)

K&L Notes

Mouton-Rothschild is the newest of the five Bordeaux first growths, as it was elevated in 1973. Mouton is also one of the most recognizable wines in the world, in part due to its artist-produced labels. The 1988 label was produced by modern artist Keith Haring. Mouton Rothschild's vineyards in Pauillac are heavily dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon with great exposure and drainage down to the Gironde.


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