First Growths at Capital Grille (Capitalle Grille, Mpls, MN): Very dark red/purple color. This had gotten a couple hours of air. Drank 1 glass over 90 minutes plus. This bottle just wasn;t as forthcoming as we'd have liked. Still good, but still pretty enveloped in wood and firm tannin. The nose is in good shape, red fruits and pencil lead on top the wood. The palate is more dark and brooding with the wood still gripping this tightly.
Still working through this case, I feel the 89's are drinking well now. On the nose there was an elegant but youthful expression of cut red cherries, smoke, and a touch of minerality. The palate had an enjoyable balance of red sweet fruits, almost strawberry-like, alongside herbs, more smokiness, with medium-bodied elegance that should sustain for quite some time. Well crafted.
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(Chateau Mouton-Rothschild (Pauillac)) Another chance to take a look at '89 Mouton, a wine I last tasted in 2008. There is an immediate sense of Pauillac-Mouton spice here, supple and sweet and openly evolving, so the aromatics alone should be enough to keep Mouton addicts happy. Very harmonious in terms of composition on the palate, composed and almost regal in its comportment. The finish is harmonious and very direct, polished, with a seamless integration of all the components. Not rich or bold, but very elegant and delicious all the same. An impressive Mouton and not one of the most sought-after vintages either. Still room for improvement here too.
(Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac) Cabernet Sauvignon 78%, Cabernet Franc 14%, Merlot 8%. A very successful vintage, which saw an early harvest, the Merlot finished on September 6th and the Cabernet Sauvignon finished on September 25th. This has an appealing, mature hue, with moderate intensity. But what a nose! Although it does not have the depth of the 1996 on inspection, it has a delightful perfume, with violets, lean but bloody meat, iron and more. This is lovely. On the palate, this wine has a fine presence, pure and quite well defined. Broad, nicely textured, with quite some grip here. There is a very good acidity too. It has a very elegant and complete nature, with notes of violets, spice and more. This has a great, integrating composition and lovely style. And it has an impressive length, that goes on and on. The 1996 will one day give more pleasure I think, but right now this is very fine indeed.