MASTER AIS BORDEAUX; 10/22/2014-11/30/2014 (HOTEL WESTIN PALACE MILANO): degustato alla cieca. 81% Cabernet Sauvignon - 19% Merlot. 100% Legno nuovo. Mou, gelatina e confettura di frutta, quasi zuccherato e molto internazionale. Bella freschezza di aromi da cucina, alloro e rosmarino. Rispetto agli altri è più solare, delicato, quasi smaltato. In bocca corpo lieve, tannino che attacca sulla punta della lingua, sembra diluito e la sensazione di astringenza è maggiore rispetto al Pichon, perché manca la controparte di frutto e la verticalità minerale. Beva facile, ma poca complessità, vino levigato, piuttosto banale, dal finale vanigliato e yogurtoso. Delusione per il primo Mouton, ma immagino sia l' annata infelice.
Thank God it's Friday...by the glass; 11/8/2013-11/29/2013 (Enoteca Barolo - Madrid): Dark as hell with quick tears, very fast for my own experience with Mouton. Lactic with violets on the nose. Elegant. Opulent. Strong aromas coming from wood, coffee of liquorice and dark fruits and chocolate. Fortunately, no green peppers at all this time. On the palate slightly extracted, dry and tannic. I think its moment will come but can it aspire to greatness? It should be an exception for this particular vintage but for Mouton should be not the first time.
Oscuro como el infierno con lágrimas rápidas, muy rápidas. Láctica con violetas en nariz. Opulenta. Elegante. Olores fuertes procedentes la madera, torrefactos de regaliz y de frutos negros y chocolate. Afortunadamente pocos pimientos. Ligeramente extraído en boca, secante y tánico. Pienso que no es su momento pero ¿aspira a la grandeza? Sería una excepción a la añada pero para Mouton no sería la primera vez.
Dark reddish-orange in color with a very slight hint of dark ochre on the rim. The wine is extremely tannic now with notes of red berries, mineral, and nice touch of oak but not overly complex as I expected and medium bodied at most, with a taste of sweet and fresh red fruits. This wine actually looks very thick and rich appearance in the glass but not in the taste to my dismay. What I found disturbing is the greenish and watery edge, which took away from its appeal or mystique. Perhaps it's just still too early and the unfavorable year? Tasted at the American Express Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival 2013, Council of Grand Crus Classes 1855 Tasting (11/2/13, Hong Kong)
K&L Top Bordeaux Tasting (San Francisco, CA): My first first-growth! It was excellent, though just short of superb. Lovely clean nose with minerality, notable graphite, earthy hints. Structured palate with good complexity, but needs some time. An incredibly long finish. A superb effort in the vintage and a great wine, but not worth the $400 price tag. 94+
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(Château Mouton-Rothschild (Pauillac)) There is something just so aromatically ypical of Mouton, year-in, year-out, and I find it here on the nose as usual. It is a sexy, seductive, alluring spice, and in this vintage it is complemented by notes of black bean, chalk, violets and bright cherry fruit. This is a remarkably attractive, sccented, open and accessible wine. The palate doesn't have the depth I might hope for, nor the pure definition of a first growth, but there is a good harmony of structure beneath the soft upper layers of fruit. It has a convincing structure through to the finish though. A strong effort considering the context of the vintage.
(Chateau Mouton-Rothschild (Pauillac)) Perhaps the least favourable vintage for Bordeaux in the past decade, which only makes it all the more interesting to revisit. This wine, from magnum, has a very fine and evocative nose, here very open, and full of the classic Mouton spice overlaid on ripe Pauillac fruit, all presented in a soft but rather charming frame indicative of the character of the vintage I think. Alongside there are more edgy aromas of coffee bean and green olive. There is an attractive substance on the palate although it comes across as very dry at present, but there is a reserved style which should do very well with further time in the cellar. All the same, this will come around much sooner than many other recent but more substantial vintages of Bordeaux. It is just a shame that the price will never reflect that.
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